Letters Report calls for shake up in management of sick notes

Incapacity, work, and benefits

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39535.460289.1F (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:735
  1. Miles J Stanger, occupational physician
  1. 1Oxford
  1. milesstanger{at}yahoo.co.uk

Incapacity benefit should not be seen as a payment for being unable to carry out any work at all owing to illness.1 Instead it is seen by most claimants as a form of income support and as a gateway benefit to other state support such as housing and council tax benefits. This package can typically amount to over £700 each month. It is easy to claim and requires only a medical certificate to allow payment by direct …

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