Your views: End work assessments

June 2013
GP: General Practitioner;6/24/2013, p24
At last year's BMA annual representative meeting (ARM), doctors from every discipline voted to demand that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)-Atos work capability assessment (WCA) should end 'with immediate effect'. The patient-led Black Triangle disability rights campaign originated the motion, which called on the BMA to engage with disability groups to change public policy. The only 'official' communication the campaign has received has been a short statement via Facebook. As doctors on the front line witnessing daily the enormous avoidable suffering of many of our most vulnerable patients caught up in this Kafkaesque system of 'disability assessment', we find this failure to engage unacceptable. We fully share in the dismay with which sick and/or disabled people have greeted the failure of the BMA's leadership to give any meaningful effect to the unanimous wishes of its members.


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