IDS has the lunatic idea that plunging chronically sick and disabled people into penury, starvation, and homelessness will magically stop them from being chronically sick and disabled, which pretty much defines both descriptions.
Here’s a thought, IDS – since I became unable to work I’ve been homeless, and penniless, and I’ve succumbed to starvation, and guess what – I’m sicker now than I’ve ever been. How does that sit with your perverted world view?
And except for the very few who are milking the system – and you might want to look at your own department’s statistics on that before your next Daily Mail/Telegraph/BBC Lie-Fest – that would also make anyone else who is chronically sick and disabled very much worse, simply because there is no way, outside of the putrescent chaos inside your head, that any other result is possible.
And now we have Mike Pennington trotting out the same insane garbage, by abolishing a compensation scheme for businesses paying long-term sick pay to their employees. Do that, and the sick won’t get paid. Larger businesses will seize the opportunity to save money and offload sick and disabled staff, while smaller businesses simply won’t be able to afford to pick up the tab, and will do likewise. How will that help the sick recover?
It won’t, but it may force many of them to return to work long before they are well, to their considerable detriment and, if they’re infectious, to the detriment of their colleagues, too.
There’s also a plan to introduce medical assessments for anyone off work, sick, for over 4 weeks. Pennington seems unaware that this option already exists and has done for many years. In 1980, off work for 3 months, I was assessed by a DHSS doctor around the second month. He told me I should consider never returning to work, as I was just too ill to continue.
Foolishly, I did go back to work. The next year saw a repeat performance and, shortly thereafter, I was forced to finally give up the unequal struggle.
But I digress – these medical assessments are not compulsory, according to Pennington, but I strongly suspect that they’re not compulsory in much the same way as Workfare is claimed not to be – to whit, it’s a total crock.
So if you are long-term sick your sick pay will probably vanish, and DWP “doctors” (ATOS, no doubt), will hound you back to work before you’re ready. All that will do is create yet more people who, denied the opportunity to recover fully, eventually become too ill to work at all.
And the DWP will ensure that as many as possible of the newly disabled ESA applicants fail their WCA – just as they’re doing now, keeping them in the poverty into which the loss of sick pay plunged them, and from which they are desperately trying to escape.
Then IDS and Cameron can sit back and laugh their deranged heads off at PMQs as the suicide rate heads for the stratosphere…