As the government unveil a tough new benefits system for the sick, Dr Ben Goldacre explores the parlous state of the incapacity benefits system, an eight billion pound legacy created by party politics and unthinking medics.
Ben discovers that, after being on incapacity benefit for more than two years, you are statistically more likely to die or retire than ever find work again. He asks how this can have been allowed to happen and considers whether the new government plans will help.
Of course, Ben Goldacre would far rather that as small a number of people as possible learn about the programme in time to listen to it but some of us are naturally cat out of bag about this sort of thing. This may well be the most controversial programme he broadcasts this year as it is a social, political, economic and medical issue.
Incapacitated will be available on Iplayer after it has been broadcast on 10 November at 8 PM.