Nov 1, 2010

Deciding Who Is Fit To Work

People on long term disability payments are being subjected to a standardised questionnaire and inadequate medical check-ups through a private company contracted by the DWP. While the contractor is supposed to be weeding out people faking their conditions, a number of people seem to be falling through the cracks and are being told they are fit to work when they are not.  Part of the problem is the computer program these doctors are using to analyse patients as the questionnaire is vague and relies on how much the doctors chooses to write in (which in many cases is minimal at best). When questioned about lack of details, doctors reply that it’s the form and it’s all they can do. Whistle Blowers has received several messages from people distraught about their inability to work despite being declared fit to work. Their efforts to challenge decisions are also being stonewalled by customer service representatives.

While Whistle Blowers understands that many people are cheating the system, there are people who have no other choice. Have you had a similar experience with the DWP? We want to hear your stories.

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