Crisis over sickness benefits
The King’s County Medical Association has refused to work with the Tuberculosis section of the National Insurance Act. This means that when an insured worker attends their doctor to be certified as unable to work due to having contracted tuberculosis they will not receive a certificate, which means they will not get the insurance payments to cover their salary.
The doctors of King’s County have made it clear that they will issue no certificates until they are paid for the extra work it involves for them. They argue that there is a government fund of £120,000 to pay doctors for certification, but until this is forthcoming, they will refuse to issue the necessary certificates. A representative of the doctors admitted that this was a serious step to take, but they feel they have to bring this matter to crisis point.