22_february_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,350

Monday 22 February 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is little wonder that the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is now widely seen in Britain as the department of death and despair. Iain Duncan Smith told MPs in 2013 that people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are known as ‘stock’, it is hardly likely that the term is restricted to those on ESA as he has no concept of humanity or any discernible human sensibilities or qualities at all.

Smith has only one prescription for human stock, work, and it doesn’t even include pay. The idea of a fair days work for a fair days pay is long gone. In Smith’s fevered mind all that matters is that people should be coerced, penalised and forced into labour for labour’s sake or suffer the brutal consequences of punishments that include his vindictive sanctions regime and the loss of the means of survival.

His latest plot, to put job coaches into GP surgeries, is a further invasion into people’s personal and private lives and an invasion of the doctor patient relationship to impose ‘work cures’ for every malady, illness and disability, mental or physical, in the known universe.

Claims that GP’s patient referrals for ‘intensive and personalised employment coaching’ within the surgery will be purely voluntary do not square with Smith’s ideology, the notion of stock having choice has no place in DWP practice. It’s a wonder that DWP staff have not yet been issued with cattle prods.

The last thing that people want to see in their GP practice is a Maximus job coach. Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington council, where this latest DWP scheme is to be trialled, claims ‘fears about the scheme were “misplaced” because it was ‘entirely voluntary and not linked, in any way, to any welfare-to-work conditionality or sanctions regime”.’ Watts is either naive in the extreme or wilfully deceitful. Smiths reputation precedes him and any plan of his to promote his work or die policies should be treated with suspicion and extreme prejudice.

I do not know what enticements have persuaded GPs to allow the DWP anywhere near their surgeries. It is a fundamental principle that healthcare professionals should ‘first do no harm’ and harm is now a fundamental principle of the DWP. Cattle are treated better than the people who find themselves in the death grip of the DWP. No farmer in her or his right mind would starve their stock to force them to be more productive, but that is exactly what Smith does and takes a great pride and pleasure in doing so.

Campaigners will be protesting outside City Road Medical Centre, 190-196 City Road , London, EC1V 2QH on Friday 4th March from 3pm and I encourage every caring human being who can make it to join the them.



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