Sunday, June 13, 2010

I rather like this idea...

... from A Very British Dude: it has a certain Machiavellian touch to it that appeals to me.
Want the long term sick bill down? Add the money into the overall budget for the NHS, minus a cut for paying off the deficit. It will look good on the NHS figures as extra spending on Hospitals (Propaganda I know but hey, at least it will now actually show up on the national accounts). And then let Doogie Hauser MD make a choice, he can either spend the extra money on people with Leukaemia, or spend it on the long term “sick” who find work interferes with their squash game. Instead of passing the buck onto somebody else by signing Mr Workshy off sick, Gregory House M.D. will want, nay have, to pick the people who are in genuine need.

Plus, of course, it gives a kick up the arse to two of the most arrogant sections of society: those who are happy to steal from people because they cannot be arsed to work, and doctors.

Plus, of course, you get to abolish the government departments that deal with sickness benefits—thus cutting more useless parasites from the state pay-roll.

Excellent.

7 comments:

Stop for Horses said...

I like it. Too.

photo ex machina said...

Nice!

Anonymous said...

Wityh a mutual interest in the status quo and a good fund of cunning between them the work shy and the medicos will carry on nicely one way or another.

JuliaM said...

Very cunning! I'm sure the drs union would bring all their weight to bear to fight this off, though.

Or if they thought that wouldn't fly, devote their time and resources to fiinding loopholes...

Anonymous said...

sorry "worth" it

Anonymous said...

we may be arrogant,but we are wort it

Anonymous said...

Nice idea but it wouldn't work. The workshy would just go on to jobseekers at a few quid a week less. So the govt would still be paying them to drink cider while watching the World Cup on 50" flat screen TVs but would also have a bigger NHS bill.

Why not start from where each GP is right now then pay a bonus for reducing the number of invalidity claimants per practice.

Or just reduce the differnetial to zero so the long term sick get paid no more than the long term unemployed.