A new 'govt backed' review has concluded that GP's should be stripped of the power to sign patients off on long term sick. Now, I'm all for helping people back into work from long term sick. It's not much fun sitting at home bored silly, and if your employer can't offer an alternative then the idea that employers who can should be helped to do is great. That's the good bit. However, this is not about getting people back to work, it's about cutting sick pay and sickness benefits. That's the bad bit. Have the govt learnt nothing from their experience with Incaps? With a record 40% of claimants winning appeals, you'd think that the idea of non qualified 'independent (yeah right..) assessors' asking bald questions with no idea of what is or is not 'fit' would have warned them off? But no. The same right wing BS is too be forced on people who are off sick, and GP's, who are of course not at all suited to telling with someone is fit to work or not, taken out of the loop. After all, with so many vacancies about, it's going to be easy for employers to take on someone who can't work in their normal job, isn't it?