Sweep sickness of sponging away
Doctors working for the Department of Social Protection examined 40,000 claimants for illness-related benefits last year. They found that 11,600 of them were fit to work.
Not everybody who came under their notice underwent a medical examination. No fewer than 13,000 people were called for check-ups but simply did not show up. Like the 11,600, they had their benefits cut off immediately.
On the face of it, these facts provide a glaring example of the mismanagement and waste of money which characterise so much of our public service and which constitute a large part of the toxic legacy inherited from the last government by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.