Starving you back to work: Why Tory policy of cutting benefits if you refuse treatment is vile

Really important blog by Alex Langford. Worth reading with this paper about patient perceptions on patient-centred care and quality improvement: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/s12913-015-0770-y.pdf

The Psychiatry SHO*

The Tory manifesto it out. Like many others I was immediately drawn to page 28, where David Cameron explains how he will ‘help you back into work if you have a long-term yet treatable condition‘. But their spellchecker must be on the blink because they obviously don’t mean ‘help’, they mean ‘threaten’.

‘We will review how best to support those suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity, back into work. People who might benefit from treatment should get the medical help they need so they can return to work. If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced’

The idea of starving sick people back to work was first raised by the Tories last year, but despite the fact that it went down like a sack of lead crap, they’ve stuck with it.

I viscerally…

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