Thursday, 1 November 2007
Look at the purple line on the graph; it shows the number of people of working age who are on long term incapacity benefit.
In 1984 it was about 1million, now it is 2,700,000.
So thanks to all the medical advances we have made, an additional 1,700,000 adults of working age are too ill to work.
We may be hitting the performance targets, but it doesn't say much for our ability to restore people to functionality.
And for those of us bearing the enormous tax burden, well it's enough to make us feel ill.