More health experts have joined the clamour against Westminster Council’s plans to stop the benefits of fat people who do not exercise and lose weight.
Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said doctors should not be used to “police” overweight people into getting fitter or risk losing benefit. Ms Gerada branded the proposed scheme “ill-thought through”, adding, “GPs are trusted by their patients and we cannot turn them into a means to police them.”
And obesity support organisation Big Matters spokeswoman Susannah Gilbert said:
“It would be fairer to use the money to support people rather than to penalise people. Any plans for health should be holistic,” she added. “Some people have emotional issues to do with food. A fast-food generation need support in the long term.”