The reform of long term sickness absence. an international approach to getting people back to work. Welfare to Work Convention 2011, Manchester, 1 July 2011 Hans Ouwehand, Director Calder Holding. The Netherlands pre 1990. Passive system: Generous benefits /no incentives for employers
Welfare to Work Convention 2011,
Manchester, 1 July 2011
Hans Ouwehand, Director Calder Holding
Prime Minister Lubbers 1990: “the Netherlands are ill”
Disability benefits costs € ,000
or did a few patients die along the way???
Not another reconstruction but
recognition of the drawbacks:
The UK and The Netherlands have a different socio-economic context. Being effective and successful in battling long term sickness absence in the UK presupposes a different set of incentives for employers and employees.
Getting other stakeholders than employers on board is key to success.
At the end of the day, the focus has shifted from curative to preventive action. A mindshift needs to be brought about with employers and employees, i.e. society.
What the UK needs is not so much ‘Welfare to Work’ as
‘Welfare through Work’.
Nothing keeps a person healthier and happier than work.