Letters Getting welfare to work

How the DWP sees GPs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1157 (Published 22 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1157
  1. Chik Collins, senior lecturer1
  1. 1School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK
  1. chik.collins{at}uws.ac.uk

McCartney’s investigation into the role of Atos in providing medical reports to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draws attention to the disregard shown to the advice of claimants’ GPs in deciding benefit eligibility.1 This raises issues for the medical profession.

A DWP submission to an appeal tribunal in Scotland in early 2009 said: “Commissioners have stated …

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