Delicious Domninion-Post story about a doctor who says GPs are being bullied by sickness beneficiaries who are too lazy to work.
"A lot of people on sickness benefits say Work and Income staff have sent them and just expect you to sign the form."
He had seen one woman who had been on a sickness benefit for 19 years because of asthma but smoked a packet of cigarettes a day. Work and Income had offered her several quit programmes. "She admitted she was too lazy to go."
And there's more:
Another sickness beneficiary's documented reason for not working was they "could not be bothered".
He signed off both beneficiaries but wrote on their forms that they needed follow-up and reassessment.
"it becomes a culture of handouts."
The story continues:
The National Party has previously accused the Government of hiding unemployment by switching people to invalid or sickness benefits.
At the end of March, nearly 46,000 people were on a sickness benefit - up from 38,000 five years earlier, but a decline from March 2007.
In the 12 months to March 2008, a net 2760 people transferred from unemployment to a sickness benefit.
Well , I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of paying for bludgers like this.
And Liarbour thinks savings cannot be made in welfare!
UPDATE: Minister Darren Hughes calls on GPs to dob in beneficiery bullies.
3 hours ago