Senior Tory MP Sarah Wollaston has demanded that a Conservative proposal to cut benefits for obese people, drug addicts and alcoholics is dropped immediately.
The chair of the Health Committee has written to David Cameron to warn that he is effectively asking doctors and nurses to break the law.
She said the law on consent was clear: that all patients have the right to refuse treatment. By threatening to take away people’s basic income, the government would be forcing people to get help.
“A doctor would not only find themselves in breach of the law, they’d find themselves at risk of being struck off,” Wollaston told BuzzFeed News. “So in fact, his proposal is utterly unworkable in terms of the existing law.”
The prime minister has declared that people who cannot work because they are too fat – or addicted to drugs or alcohol – could have their benefits cut…
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