We Gotta Get Rid Of The Ritz!

Ritz-classwarThe rich should not be allowed to dine in comfort whilst people around them go hungry.  Join Class War for a noisy and boisterous demonstration outside The Ritz hotel, this Thursday 15th January at 6pm.

http://www.classwarparty.org.uk/event/class-war-goes-ritz/

 

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87 responses to “We Gotta Get Rid Of The Ritz!

  1. millaband likes to tilt his head when talking

    ohhhhh think il reblog this also just to be hip and fit in with the blogerz

    nothing we can do about the money they spend, its our taxex that are feeding their fat bellys. if you want to over through the cunts at number 10 then every one should leave the uk so no taxes will get paied then the fuckers will have to struggle just like us

  2. You can afford to pay tax? Dont tell that twat In Deep Shit,he will want to know why you arent on minimum wage!

  3. Landless Peasant

    EAT THE RICH

  4. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    This demonstration recalls the other campaigns against the Ritz, and its rich patrons stuffing themselves while the poor and unemployed starved by the Communist Party and the Unemployed Workers’ Union back in the 1930s. Go for it!

  5. Landless Peasant

    I had some nice (past their sell-by date) chocolate buns the other night given to me by my neighbour who got them out of Sainsbury’s bin 🙂

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS | January 13, 2015 at 9:05 pm | Reply

      “SO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS SUPPORT THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, WHO IN TURN RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE DWP TO PRODUCE POSITIVE BACK TO WORK DOCUMENTATION THAT IS ALSO PRODUCED BY CARDIFF UNIVERSITY”

      MANSEL AYLWARD OF CARDIFF UNIVERSITY WORKED FOR NINE YEARS AT THE DWP AND UNUM, THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURER WHO WAS INVITED TO GUIDE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES ON WELFARE REFORMS.

      MANSEL AYLWARD SUCCESFULLY RECEIVED FUNDING, £1.6 MILLION FROM UNUM TO BUILD THE CENTRE FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY RESEARCH.

      THE CENTRE THEN SUBMITTED A THESIS THAT HAD NO VALIDATION WHATSOEVER TO PARLIAMENT. IT WAS CALLED THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY.

      THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY IS FAVOURED BY THE FACULTY FOR OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE BECAUSE IT IS THEY WHO PROFIT FROM ITS EXISTENCE.

      THE FACULTY AWARDS DIPLOMAS TO THEIR MEMBERSHIP AND ALSO PRODUCE THE DIPLOMA IN DISABILITY ASSESSMENT MEDICINE, DDAM.

      DDAM DIPLOMAS ARE REQUIRED BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK FOR THE LIKES OF ATOS, WHO ROUTINELY DENY DISABILITY USING THE “BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL” THAT IS USED BY MAJOR AMERICAN INSURERS TO DENY DISABILITY PAYMENTS.

      EVERY COMMITTEE WHO HAS EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN BACK TO WORK SCHEMES AND DISABILITY ASSESSMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UK GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS HAD IT’S SHARE OF THE FACULTY MEMBERS ON IT’S PANEL.
      EVEN THE PRESENT CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP IS A MEMBER, BILL GUNNYEON.

      WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO DO AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS, THEY CHOSE PAUL LITCHFIELD, ANOTHER FACULTY MEMBER……..

      MATTHEW OAKLEY WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE OF HIS LINKS TO A GOVERNMENT THINK TANK.

      THE WHOLE FIASCO OF DISABILITY DENIAL IS A CONCOCTION OF CORRUPT PRACTICES WITH THE PRIVATE HEALTH INDUSTRY PULLING THE STRINGS, MORE OBVIOUS WITH THE PRESENCE OF MICHAEL O’DONNEL WHO WAS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT UNUM, ATOS AND MAXIMUS.

      THE TENTACLES OF CORORATE GREED ARE NEVER SO OBVIOUS AS AT THE PRESENT.

      WE ARE RUN BY A BUNCH OF CROOKS, WILLING TO KILL, USING UNVERIFIED PSYCHOSOCIAL CLAPTRAP THAT HAS LED TO OBVIOUS SUICIDES THAT THE DWP ARE TRYING DESPERATELY TO HIDE FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS.

  6. I hold my hands up I’ve been to the Ritz once. It was for my Mother’s 60th birthday party and was a very special treat. We are certainly not rich, we saved for years to make sure we could afford it. It was ridiculously overpriced but of course we expected that. The food was very nice though. I guess this makes me a class traitor, a one time visit to an expensive resteraunt that’s normally only populated by the very rich. Oh well.

    • Afternoon Tea costs £50. Most people can afford that for a special occasion (even some people on benefits!) You’re right that It’s grossly overpriced of course, but why not spend it if it makes somebody happy? If you really had to save for years before you could afford £50 then your budget is unbelievably tight, so good on you for saving so carefully for what your mother wanted.

    • Landless Peasant

      Hope you nicked the salt pot, and bog roll out the loos.

  7. You don’t mean you want to get rid of Ritz Crackers too, do you?

    On a more serious note… “The rich should not be allowed to dine in comfort whilst people around them go hungry.” I think a couple of countries tried that a few years ago and it didn’t go very well. So good luck with that idea!

    • Landless Peasant

      It didn’t go so well because they didn’t do it properly. There has never yet been a truly Communist country.

      • What would you say they did wrong, which would enable a truly communist state to work in the long term?

        • Landless Peasant

          No leaders.

          • Do you mean that you advocate a state with no hierarchical decision-making systems at all?

            • Landless Peasant

              Not really. Decision-making by all. Pick a new ‘leader’ from the People each month by lottery.

              • P.S. How can picking just a single leader be called “decision-making by all”? Isn’t that exactly the opposite?

                • Landless Peasant

                  A ‘leader’ who is merely acting temporary head of some sort of committee, that too is interchangeable through fairly equitable means, perhaps?

              • “A ‘leader’ who is merely acting temporary head of some sort of committee”
                That’s a radical new idea for government! I’ve got another suggestion… you could call the temporary leader something like “Prime Minister” and the committee could be called “Parliament”.

            • Landless Peasant

              Apart from leadership issues though it is also imperative that a truly Communist State completely abandons the goal of Economic Growth, puts people before profit, and utilizes available technology to improve peoples’ lives instead of maximising productivity.

            • overburdenddonkey

              part timer
              who says that human beings need a state, or @ the very least an imperial state, such as we are in atm…..?
              or put another way define it’s purpose…
              we are all born self governing and with needs of vitality giving vitals of life and there are more than enough means to provide them….without profit taking from others, whose lavish lifestyles are supported by the masses…the concept of cooperation is and has been fundamental to the survival of the human species for well over 1m yrs….only latterly…have some become so full of greed, through the gradual erosion of human rights to put others into servitude, fond of their power over others, ‘for your own good’….no one needs guru’s or leaders, ‘honour thy mother and father’, is pish…the idea that we need cardinals, bishops, cathedrals, and external gods et al for ‘moral’ guidance is ballcocks…are you a red or blue torykipper? common weal; freedom come all ye….

              • So OBD (I hope you don’t mind me calling you that), are you another person who subscribes to the idea that there is “no such thing as society”? Or are you going further and saying that society is inherently a bad thing? All societies must have some structure, order and governance, or they are fundamentally anarchistic and can no longer be called societies.

                For the record, social democracy best describes how I think modern societies should work, and I ‘m an atheist. I’m not sure if that makes me blue or red in your eyes.

                • Anarchism is inherently organised – hence the slogan ‘Anarchy is Order’. Too often the term is misused to mean disorder, misrule, chaos – exact opposites to anarchy in reality. Anarchy merely means no leaders, hence that other anarchist slogan, ‘No gods, No masters’. And for anarchism to work, which it could, society would most definitely be a prerequisite, as anarchy is all about society.

                  Anarchists aren’t against order, or rules – in fact if you did any cursory research into anarchy you would soon realise that anarchism is all about rules and order, but decided democratically and in a non-hierarchical manner.

                • No, you’re wrong. Do you think “disorder” and “inherently organised” mean the same thing?

                  Anarchy – A state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems. (OED)

                • sibrydionmawr – P.S. If you’re going to use completely different meanings for words than everybody else in the English speaking world, then perhaps you could mention it beforehand. Thanks.

              • overburdenddonkey

                part timer
                on the contrary my post is very much, plainly and obviously linked to the truth that we are all born, lovable, non-violent, and sociable, ie cooperative….’the concept of cooperation is and has been fundamental to the survival of the human species for well over 1m yrs,….’ anarchy is fine, in fact it means freedom…i am saying socialites naturally order themselves, without being told to do so…being told how to be etc, is the reason for so much conflict in our world today…

                • overburdenddonkey

                  p s auto correct; should read, ‘i am saying societies naturally order themselves, without being told to…

                • overburdenddonkey

                  pps
                  in fact the cause of all global chaos and destruction…

                • OBD – If societies always naturally order themselves, then the society you are now criticising also did so, and therefore resulted in the very thing you seem to dislike!

                  If we are all inherently non-violent, then where does violence come from? The truth is that you’re wrong, we are all balance of tendencies, and an ordered society is what enables us to coexist as we become more and more crowded on this planet.

                • overburdenddonkey

                  part timer
                  i’m sorry that you do not comprehend my posts, but there is nothing i can do about that….

                • OBD – Well that’s one way to avoid admitting that you’re wrong!

                • overburdenddonkey

                  starvation/famine caused the original problems….and the terror that starvation caused stuck, was culturalised, emotionally embedded, (being told how to be by powerful others causes projections in the victims of it ie imperialists invade and do heinous things to inhabitants of other countries)
                  and spread globally….
                  famine and water shortage, threats of, these days…lead to war’s…
                  through perma culture as practiced by the mayans et al, famine can be over come….the celts had excellent farming and storage methods and is the reason that the romans invaded these islands, they wanted britains resource(s)-fullness ….greed had set in, in europe as a way of avoiding famine ie neoliberalism… http://permaculturenews.org/2012/12/21/the-gift-of-the-maya/ terra preta et al…why don’t you know this? (rhetorical) you are, after all always saying how brilliant, logical you are, and how others don’t think properly/fully…does none of this really not occur to your brilliant rational mind?

              • overburdenddonkey

                parttimer
                i had said enough for my position to be understood, and as i was tried left it for you, to read my posts to you.. and then you would understand what i had written from was/is not an intrinsic dislike of society, per se so i thought…don’t put words into my mouth…
                ‘No, the system is unfair and inefficient. Labour and the Tories both made the fundamental mistake in thinking that to weed out the false claimants the system needs to get harsher. That’s wrong. All it does is weed out the people who don’t know how to play the system (often the most vulnerable), leaving the scroungers sitting happy.’ your’re implying a dislike of our society here, unless of course you are claiming to like this societal state of affairs?…
                how it become unnatural, what the root catalyst was, i don’t know, but no one can claim our society is humane nor reasonable @ this present time, because why would you be offering a remedy to change it?…therefore a dislike of this current set up is inevitable as people globally are now suffering great hardship by cause of neo-liberal control of resources…the way our society operates and has historically operated for @ least several 100yr’s now is plain wrong… what i do know is that when abuse is cured peace breaks out and cooperation is restored…violence is caused by fear or frozen terrors, that is not to say we should not defend ourselves when physically/emotionally attacked…
                once the fear of freely expressing anger and rage is removed from the equation…people can then freely express their emotions and say to the attacker loudly no! get lost, and in fact is less likely to be attacked because one knows one’s own mind, and no longer carries the intrinsic frozen terrors….bullies prey on the frightened, to hyde and deny their own frozen terrors,and in fact project their terrors on to others…now this very thing happens here where the person is reassured that they can defend themselves without violence and this method works every time…and because of it peace and harmonious society broke out in the most violent wing of parkhusrt prison..the inmates started to read, learn languages, the arts, and the classics…they self educated themselves, and learned easily free of the terrors that gummed up their minds…curing mental pain from dr bob johnson…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxphZtIHvHs ….it is now possible to feed all and live happily on this planet….bearing in mind that resource wars rage all over this planet atm, are destroying hope for many and the very resources that are now being fought over…unless one is relying on our bio sphere’s fertility to replace all of those spent resources?
                our culture now has a very toxic mindset…i wager you will vote @ this ge.. it will be perhaps to maintain the SQ or to try to change it…but it will be for the reasons that you like or dislike our current generic societal set up…
                which is it? please comment on my whole post….after all i have taken the time to write it…

                • OBD
                  “your’re implying a dislike of our society here” – No, I was talking about the WCA system, not the whole of society! Almost all your points seem to be based on the same misapprehension, so hopefully you’ll forgive me for not answering them.
                  “why would you be offering a remedy to change it?” – I didn’t.
                  “no one can claim our society is humane nor reasonable” – I can. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than most other societies around the world, and far better than it used to be.
                  “please comment on my whole post….after all i have taken the time to write it…” – How you spend your time is your problem, not mine!
                  You could answer my question if you like – “If we are all inherently non-violent, then where does violence come from?”

                • overburdenddonkey

                  wow!
                  i’ve answered all of your questions…the WCA comes from our current society…it is a product of it….and is but 1 illustrative aspect of it….and you state that our culture/society is fine, when it plainly is not…

                • “and you state that our culture/society is fine” – Ermm… where did I state that?

                • overburdenddonkey

                  here…“no one can claim our society is humane nor reasonable” – I can.

                • OBD – You seem to have some trouble with nuanced language, so I’ll try to be clearer. When I said “I can. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than most other societies around the world, and far better than it used to be”, that means is that some things in the UK really should be changed (the WCA being one such), but in global and historical terms our society is doing pretty well.

                  Ask yourself this question – Is UK society more humane and reasonable than it was 100 years ago, and is it more humane and reasonable than (for instance) Saudi Arabia? Then ask your self WHY it is. Is it perhaps something to do with social democracy?

                • overburdenddonkey

                  no! get lost…
                  you keep failing to answer my questions and you continue asking more questions, expecting me to answer you…so enough….

                • “no! get lost…”
                  Well that’s very clear, if not very nice! I wish you better luck in future with your use of time, both for yourself and your contribution to wider society.

          • Who would run the lottery to find the supreme-leader-for-a-month? Perhaps you would need a lottery to decide! Do you suspect that the national policies this random supreme-leader-for-a-month would decide to implement might just be a teensy weensy bit short term? What if the supreme-leader-for-a-month decided to abolish the lottery?

            • Landless Peasant

              “What if the supreme-leader-for-a-month decided to abolish the lottery?”

              The People shoot him/her.

            • millaband likes to tilt his head when talking

              mmmm supreme leader, how long on frozen does it take to cook in a 800W microwave.

              Id sure like to stick the heads of all the tory party in a microwave and cook on high for 6 mins. cant say that they would be tasty.

  8. overburdenddonkey

    the doors of the ritz like justice are only open to those who can afford it….

  9. Vegetarian Menu 1
    £85
    Smoked Asparagus with Vegetable Marmite and Cep Puree
    ~
    Egg Yolk Ravioli Broccoli Puree, Walnut and Sage Butter
    ~
    Brioche Croute with Celeriac and Truffle
    ~
    Dessert as per the main menu
    ~
    Ritz Selection Filter Coffee
    Ritz Selection Tea
    Herbal Infusions
    ~
    Frivolities

  10. You wouldnt catch me drinking that rubbish? 2002 was a bloody awful year!

  11. The demonstration doesn’t start until 6pm, so you could have the Ritz £49 three course lunch (see menu below), do a little shopping, and then get back in time to join in the class-war shouting. You don’t want to go for the dinner menu, because your meal would be disturbed by the noisy plebs outside.

    http://www.theritzlondon.com/_media/pdf/dining/Lunch%20-%20Sample%20Menu.pdf

  12. ………….only been for one la di da meal once, and i thought what the fucking hell is that?
    A piece of a leaf and a red squiggle lost on the centre of an enormous dinner plate. What a crock of shit!
    Give me sausage, egg and chips any day.

    Who the fuck wants to wear a tuxedo to spill gravy down, cutlery that you have to work out, is it the right one and a pair of cake tongues to go for a piss………………….

    Ritz is merely a state of mind. The buzz of superiority whilst being in there….

    Being on the crap rates of pay afforded to it’s lowly staff, i would certainly give the toff’s a little extra for their money and grin as they ate it.

    Snobbery has no place in my vocabulary, you is what you is, and no amount of money will convince me otherwise……..

    If the rich want to make an impression, walk round to a food bank and give the money that you would otherwise blast at the Ritz, to the poor………

    You would feel ten times taller than the cretin in the monkey suit looking down the wine list.

  13. A Sandwich & scones & Tea for £50. Taxi.

  14. If that was your money you would not be wasting it on status & overpriced things like Welfare Reform. In Deep Shit is a good example of wasting money that`s not theirs to wastes.

  15. The DWP have paid Maximus £500 Million for a 3 year contract starting March 2015 – 2018. Funny how the start was £50 million for a year. DWP keeps getting robbed by corporation & refuses to take responsibility.

  16. Let`s call a pleb genocide & be done with it.

  17. “UNUM LINKS AGAIN”

    Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick

    Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick is the Managing Director of Inclusion21 Ltd, a company he formed in 2004, offering training and consultancy promoting equality and diversity. He taught Philosophy at Swansea University from 1983-1996, after which he took up a research and policy role for a national (GB) charity. Currently, he is a non-executive director of the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust, an associate at the Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care at the University of Glamorgan, and chairs the boards of trustees of St David’s Children Society and Arts Care/Gofal Celf. Formerly, he was chair of Unum’s UK Expert Review Panel, and of an advisory group to Health Commission Wales. He was also appointed Disability Rights Commissioner for Wales at its inception in 2000, staying in this role with the DRC until it ended in 2007.

    • If he was a philosophy lecturer, then it bears out what Nietzsche said about people using reason to support conclusions they’ve already decided upon. Man is on a line between ape and angel, and some apes are more ape than the apes.

  18. Instead of closing down the Ritz can we not instead kick all the rich bastards out and let the poor dine on the food? Beats food banks!

  19. Landless Peasant

    Off Topic*

    I just got back from signing on, and things seem to have changed a little, not just the floor plan rearranged and more computers, but I also detected a change in attitude, more laid back, seems like the tide is turning, though I may be wrong. Not sure what to make of it. The Adviser seemed to be going through the motions as if wasting time. She started slagging off the Government/DWP hierarchy, said UC is “crap”, “doesn’t work”, is “unusable”, without any prompting from me (it’s usually me mouthing off about such crap). She said the bosses would be too “shit scared” to do her job, to face people. It was a bit disconcerting. I’m not sure if she was on the level or trying to off-foot me. After wasting time chattering about shit like that she then signed me and viewed the payment/account details, and then asked how I was managing, how had I managed on the dole for so long? Saying that I must “have good friends”. She expressed surprise that I don’t owe them anything, haven’t had anything from the Social Fund. Maybe I’m being paranoid but I wondered if she was trying to catch me out, as if she suspected I’m working on the side or something? What’s going on?

    • overburdenddonkey

      l p
      indeed, reserve giving trust…one swallow doesn’t make a summer…

    • This is Absolutely the case at my Job centre and has been for quite a while;
      Several weeks ago the change was immediately noticeable,at the same time as the floor plan changed.The staff are all much more laid back and friendly.
      This may or may not have something to do with 2015 being an election year.
      It may also have something to do with iminent staffing cuts.
      The place appears to be empty of the public,whilst work program centres are springing up everywhere.Do not be lulled by this state of affairs.It will be bizzo as normal abuse the claimant after the elections.

    • Maybe she was having a nervous breakdown?

  20. “FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE 2005”
    DONATIONS;

    UNUM Fund £6364
    provides resources to fund the production of advice on rehabilitation.

    Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) £10,000
    provided funds to publish the Health and Work Handbook which was published in 2005. Funds were
    also provided towards the cost of the Fitness for Work Publication

    Fitness to work handbook DWP £20,000

    Atos Origin – Annual Dinner £2000

    ……………………..AND YET PAUL LITCHFIELD OF THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE WAS AWARDED THE TASK OF BEING INDEPENDENT SCRUTINEER FOR WORK CAPABILITY ?

    …………………an organisation funded by the DWP AND UNUM, TO GIVE THEM EXACTLY WHAT THEY REQUIRED

    • “THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE ALSO HAVE LINKS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE, N.I.C.E.”

      …………………the very organisation that has just taken vast amounts of cancer treating drugs from the NHS……….

      “THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY ARE CONTROLLING WHETHER YOU LIVE OR NOT”

      “A NATIONAL SCANDAL”
      couple this with the links that MP’s have with the healthcare industry and you have a classic CONFLICT OF INTEREST CORRUPTION

  21. MAXIMUS Expands Scope of U.K. Work Programme Contract with New Region

    finances.com – 18th Dec 2014

    MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS) , a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has selected MAXIMUS to deliver the Work Programme in a new region: North East Yorkshire and the Humber. The performance-based contract is valued at approximately $10 million to $14 million and will begin on February 2, 2015.

    Read More:
    http://www.finances.com/company-news/47937-maximus-expands-scope-of-u-k-work-programme-contract-with-new-region.htm

  22. “Just who are the stakeholders and the shareholders in MAXIMUS?”

    • “Which government ministers or their circle of friends, have vested interests in the MAXIMUS deal?”

      • ………..a property tycoon as MAXIMUS chief medical officer, who is again linked to occupational medicine, funded by the private health insurers….

        “ALASDAIR EMSLIE, WHAT A COINCIDENCE”

  23. “WILLIAM SMITH” MAXIMUS

    Managing Director, Health Services

    William has worked in the employment services industry for more than 25 years and joined MAXIMUS in 2014 as the Managing Director for our Health Services business. William comes to MAXIMUS following 12 years at Ingeus, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. While at Ingeus, he was responsible for growth in the U.K., as well as in France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Spain and Saudi Arabia. Under William’s leadership, Ingeus became the largest welfare-to-work provider in Europe. Prior to Ingeus, he was seconded to lead a public-private partnership and established Working Links where he served as the organisation’s first Chief Executive Officer.

    William brings a diverse set of expertise and experience to MAXIMUS. After a spell as a University Lecturer, he became an economic advisor to the Department for Employment where he eventually became Head of Resources for the New Deal for Unemployment initiative, a £3 billion programme aimed at problems of long-term unemployment. As part of this, his remit was to work with private sector organisations in partnership with the public employment services.

    …………………………..JOBS FOR THE BOYS

    • “CHRIS BLACKWELL” MAXIMUS

      Managing Director, Human Services

      Chris joined MAXIMUS in 2013 as the Managing Director for our Human Services business. Chris brings more than 10 years of extensive experience in the welfare-to-work industry, serving in a variety of roles from direct service delivery to senior leadership positions. Prior to MAXIMUS, Chris worked at Ingeus, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, having first started with the company as an Employment Advisor.

      Having both directly and indirectly assisted thousands of long-term unemployed people move into work, Chris is passionate about the service that MAXIMUS provides to support individuals in their journey to find sustainable, long-term employment.

      Chris has also developed and launched integrated health and employment programmes to support people with health conditions and disabilities. Chris developed the largest Condition Management Programme in the U.K. from 2007 to 2010, which helped individuals manage their health conditions in order to stay in work.

      Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the industry body ERSA (Employment Related Services Association), and plays an active role representing the industry with government and other key stakeholders.

      ………………………..MORE JOBS FOR THE BOYS

  24. “PLEASE REMEMBER THIS WHEN ASKED TO UNDERGO A HEALTH ASSESSMENT BY A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL WORKING FOR THE LIKES OF ATOS OR MAXIMUS”

    GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL GUIDANCE
    ON CONFIDENTIALITY (2009)
    AND OCCUPATIONAL PHYSICIANS

    7
    Do I need the consent of the individual to carry out an occupational health
    assessment?
    Yes – this has not changed. The individual sh
    ould be informed about
    the purpose and nature
    of the assessment and give their informed cons
    ent to the process and the preparation of any
    report.

    8
    Does consent for an occupational health assessment have to be in writing?
    It is good practice to obtain written consent wh
    ere this is practicable. In some circumstances
    (e.g. telephone consultations) this is likely to be impractical and recording verbal consent in
    the OH record will suffice.

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