Incapacitated

As the government unveil a tough new benefits system for the sick, Dr Ben Goldacre explores the parlous state of the incapacity benefits system, an eight billion pound legacy created by party politics and unthinking medics.

Ben discovers that, after being on incapacity benefit for more than two years, you are statistically more likely to die or retire than ever find work again.

He asks how this can have been allowed to happen and considers whether the new government plans will help.

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*20081110

As the government unveil a tough new benefits system for the sick, Dr Ben Goldacre explores the parlous state of the incapacity benefits system, an eight billion pound legacy created by party politics and unthinking medics.

Ben discovers that, after being on incapacity benefit for more than two years, you are statistically more likely to die or retire than ever find work again.

He asks how this can have been allowed to happen and considers whether the new government plans will help.

*20081110

As the government unveil a tough new benefits system for the sick, Dr Ben Goldacre explores the parlous state of the incapacity benefits system, an eight billion pound legacy created by party politics and unthinking medics.

Ben discovers that, after being on incapacity benefit for more than two years, you are statistically more likely to die or retire than ever find work again.

He asks how this can have been allowed to happen and considers whether the new government plans will help.As the government unveil a tough new benefits system for the sick, Dr Ben Goldacre explores the parlous state of the incapacity benefits system, an eight billion pound legacy created by party politics and unthinking medics.

Ben discovers that, after being on incapacity benefit for more than two years, you are statistically more likely to die or retire than ever find work again. He asks how this can have been allowed to happen and considers whether the new government plans will help.