The Labour party has urged the government to scrap “misleading” letters sent by welfare officials to GPs that have had devastating consequences for ill and disabled people left unable to claim benefits for several months.
The Guardian revealed this week that claimants appealing against “fit for work” decisions had been left without benefits and reliant on food banks because their GPs refused to provide them with “fit notes” after being wrongly advised in the letters that they were no longer required to do so.
Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disability, said: “It is outrageous that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) continues to send this misleading letter to GPs. This is despite evidence that they are depriving disabled people of social security and pushing them into destitution. The government must immediately scrap these reworded letters to prevent any further harm.”