Work Programme: 70% still unemployed after one year - Telegraph A GP hereabouts was having a moan the other day. All the extra appointments made by patients, for admin not clinical reasons, because of the govt fitness for work ATOS testing scheme. Now, however, those that were pushed off incapacity on to jobseekers are being sent to GP BY THE JOBCENTRE who has found them unfit for work. Presumably he is now expected to give them a sick note to go back on ESA (new incapacity benefit) So trying to get this right. With a view to saving 2.4 billion per year in benefits payments the govt introduced fitness for work testing. Say that costs 4 billion. Then they invest five billion in private companies whose task is to get unemployed into work. Meanwhile Mr Gove has something to say about poor numeracy skills ??