Here’s the response from disability organisations DPAC and Black Triangle to Dr Phil Peverley’s misplaced remarks, published in the Daily Mail – http://js.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2382389/THIS-bloke-sick-Angry-GP-cites-Hawking-shame-hordes-patients-asking-sign-off.html – claiming that large numbers of disability benefit claimants could work because, after all, Stephen Hawking isn’t on the sick.
This was a screaming headline in the Daily Mail this week: THIS bloke is not on the sick! Angry GP cites Hawking to shame hordes of patients asking him to sign them off.
Whilst I do understand frustration from a doctor working in the severely underfunded NHS, with stretched resources and limits on time, these are issues to address to those responsible for them: the Government. Instead Dr Phil Peverley decided to scapegoat and further stigmatise sick and disabled people.
Dr Phil Peverley grossly misunderstands the horrific regime that the Government have set up for sick and disabled people. In order to qualify for benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) demands that we submit evidence via “fitnotes” from our GPs.
Initially this is on a monthly basis until an “assessment” is arranged by the DWP and Atos. This happens any time after 13 weeks from the initial claim…
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Dr Phil Peverley is just like everyone else i have ever known over the past 50 years with a good income and that’s to look down and speak on out against others in society and blame them for their troubles that they have brought about on themselves
either that or he was just having a laugh with the public
i should add that their are many types of people in society like some doctors and mp’s the royal family who don’t and never have understood illness or disability and as a rule will knowingly never wont to be in their company as it’s always been classed as a taboo subject so you’ll never get any empathy from these types of people