May 052013

Herald View

THE misery that the UK welfare reforms have caused disabled people has been highlighted often by this paper.

But that makes the cases cited by doctors today in the Sunday Herald no less shocking. They are proof this system has failed.

There is the patient with schizophrenia who believed he was the Messiah, yet was declared fit to work. There is the man who suffered a stroke and had lung cancer but was too scared to go to hospital in case he missed a benefits appointment, fearing he would be at risk of losing his money.

There are examples of patients with mental health problems left so distraught at being told they are fit to work they have become suicidal.

This is not a system, this is a cruel disgrace. These examples hardly fit with the picture painted by the Westminster government of the “workshy” living it up at the taxpayer’s expense.

While Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith preaches of tackling welfare dependency, it is doctors who are witnessing the impact of his “reforms”.

This is placing a burden on the NHS – a situation which is expected to get worse as more welfare changes are introduced.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Alex Neil have warned there is an “intolerable strain” on care services and urged Duncan Smith to ensure there is a “fair, equitable” process that gets decisions right first time. This must be introduced to ensure benefit claimants and the NHS do not continue to be the victims of a flawed system.

The Herald Scotland

See also

Leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability assessments ~ Letter Posted on May 5, 2013 

Leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tribunals Posted on May 5, 2013

Welfare reforms not fit to work ~ Leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tests Posted on May 5, 2013

with thanks to Black Triangle



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  4 Responses to “Welfare reforms not fit to work ~ Leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tests”

  1. We need to all get together and let everyone near and far know what this government is all about, a large demo would be a start so let the people fight for our rights and show them that they can’t get away with all these cuts, we got to act now as if we leave it to long we might not be able to change things .

    • we’re working on this Hazel. Date should be finalised soon to fit around long recess and party conferences etc

    • ok a demo but who in it, labour mp,s whose party are the architects? union leaders who betray their own members and all vulnerable?

  2. Amount gained with benefits cap: £17 million.
    Amount saved by cutting Legal Aid: £350 million.
    Amount gained with bedroom tax: £465 million.
    Amount saved by scrapping DLA: £1.4 billion.
    Amount lost to corporate tax avoidance: £69.9 billion.
    Evidence of ConDem cruelty: priceless.
    There are some people money can’t buy. Everyone else is a Tory politician.

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