#ScraptheLetters Campaign

Stop sending letters telling doctors to withhold sick notes from the ill and disabled people seeking Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). It is not for the DWP to interfere with the GP and their patient. Sign the petition today.

To: Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions

Stop sending letters telling doctors to withhold sick notes from the ill and disabled people seeking Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Why is this important?

The department for work and pensions  (DWP) are sending doctors misleading letters stating that their patients do not need a “fit note” anymore because they’ve been found fit for work.  This letter will leave severely ill and disabled claimants unable to obtain Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to which they are entitled pending appeal.

This threatens the doctor – patient relationship and puts patients at risk of damaging their health further and leaves them in serious financial difficulties.

Case Study

Like thousands of others, Louis* was too ill to work and needed the vital income ESA provides – but his claim was refused. Louis was blocked from claiming ESA as he awaited his hearing, due to a misleading letter sent from the DWP to his doctor without Louis’ knowledge. Louis had to rely on food-bank vouchers, went into debt, accrued rent arrears and faced an increased risk of eviction. It took moving GPs and relying on new evidence from a clinical psychologist stating how his mental health would deteriorate further if he did not obtain the fit note, and therefore the benefits he needed to survive.

Louis is not alone. And we know these letters are sent to the GP of every person after they have been refused ESA – before they’ve finished the appeal process. 88% of our clients win their appeal and are entitled to ESA again.

It is not for the DWP to interfere with the GP and their patient. Sign the petition today.

For more information, contact Ella Abraham on 020 7259 0801 Ext 210; ellaabraham@z2k.org

Read articles about why we want to #ScraptheLetters…

Scrap 'misleading' fit-for-work letter to GPs, says Labour

Removal of advice is leaving ill and disabled people destitute, says Marsha de Cordova

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'Misleading' DWP letter causing ill and disabled people to lose benefits

Patrick Butler in the Guardian: 'Advice removed for GPs to provide notes for patients challenging fit-for-work tests'

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Thousands tell Amber Rudd to #ScraptheLetters

67,000 signatories are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions to stop sending GPs letters claiming that their patients do not need a ‘fit note’, writes Phil Miller in the Morning Star

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DWP accused of 'interfering with GPs' in letters declaring patients fit for work

Dan Bloom for The Mirror covering #ScraptheLetters campaign

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Don't Give Your Severely Ill Patients Sick Notes For Benefits, DWP Tells GPs

“It is not for the DWP to interfere with the GP and their patient." George Bowden for Huff Post:

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Patients risk homelessness after DWP sends GPs misleading benefits letters

Anviksha Patel for Pulse Today: 'GPs are being explicitly told not to issue fit notes to patients by the Department of Work and Pensions, even if there is still a chance that the decision could be appealed.'

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"Backdoor policies" denying people with mental illnesses access to ESA

The government's department for work and pensions (DWP) is sending doctors premature and misleading letters suggesting ill patients no longer need a “fit note” (medical note) after being found fit for work, an influential charity claimed today - Mental Health Today.

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