A trial within one London council area that sees job coaches installed in family doctor surgeries is not going down well with disabled people, who say the concept is akin to spying -- and could lead to people with disabilities staying away from GPs out of the fear of having their entitlements challenged. Gizmodo UK is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher.
Medical professionals, trade unionists and disabled people staged a protest against the scheme, which has seen job coaches placed in six GP surgeries in an effort to help patients get back to work. Around 100 people gathered outside the City Road Medical Surgery on Friday before marching down to Old Street roundabout, blocking rush-hour traffic for about 30 minutes. Campaigners are angry about the pilot scheme, in partnership with Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which began in September and is set to last a year.
The rationale for the Working Better programme is that there is evidence to suggest a link between employment and good health.
It is voluntary and there are no sanctions involved but protesters fear it is part of a slippery slope which will see Mr Duncan Smith’s agenda of bringing job centres and the culture of welfare sanctions into the NHS, as well as potentially making patients fearful of visiting their GP.
Many also spoke against the idea that a job is a cure-all for a mental health problem and argued any jobs offered would most likely be low-paid menial or manual labour.


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Atmosphere - One campaigner was dressed as the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith. Disability rights activists block rush hour traffic at Old Street to draw attention to the 'Working Better' pilot scheme.
Go Back in Time using our Photos archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past. Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past. A spokesperson for activist groupA Disabled People Against Cuts told the Guardian: "There is a blurring of the lines between healthcare and the DWP and it's wrong. This is made clear by the healthcare practitioners making referrals and trained employment coaches delivering the support.


The scheme, initiated by the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group, allows Remploy employment coaches to be based in GP surgeries in the Islington area to give advice to long term unemployed disabled people. We are already having to watch everything we say to doctors, we treat every appointment as a work capability assessment in case ita€™s used against us." The limited trial of the Working Better schemeA in six London GPs sounds worthy enough.
It is funded by Job Centre Plus as well as Islington Council and campaigners are calling for job centres to be kept out of the NHS.
It says it wants to "embed employment into the a€?wiringa€™ of the healthcare system" so that finding work might become one outcome of better healthcare, offering to refer people with long-term employment problems caused by their health to an employment coach.
Clearly the worry for disabled people is that this is another way to check their willingness to work as well as their physical ability, adding a new layer of threat to doctor visits -- and letting government agencies build up more patient data in their files.



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