I, Daniel Blake ‘an accurate representation of austerity Britain’

11 Nov

Benefit tales

By Dr Margaret Craig, GP in Possilpark and Springburn, Glasgow – consulted by scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, during the development of ‘I, Daniel Blake’

Critics of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the latest film of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, have attempted to dismiss it as unrealistic.  If only it were.

Let me tell you about one of my patients here in Glasgow.   A heart attack at age 58 came as a complete shock to a man who had always worked.  His employer gave no sick pay forcing him to claim benefits.  Eight weeks into cardiac rehabilitation he was assessed by the benefits agency as “fit for work” and his sickness benefit was stopped.  His work could not take him back as he had not yet been deemed fit by the cardiac rehab team.

He was distraught.  His family were furious, as were his physios and consultant.  As his GP, I could not…

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