HomeBlogGPs say benefits tests causing ‘enormous suffering’ ~ Edinburgh Evening News
  • Boadacia! May 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Time those responsible were in the courts, answering for it!

  • PierrePierpont May 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Isn’t there any way a request to the United Nations or an International Court to get this government, the DWP and ATOS prosecuted for implementing policies that are causing people’s deaths? It seems bizarre that we can prosecute war criminals but cannot seem to prosecute those who cause people’s deaths by inhumane treatment. ATOS awarded NIL disability points to two ladies I know with Multiple Sclerosis, meaning they were assessed as being 100% fit and healthy and able to hold down a full time job. It is as if they have found a cure for MS, which they haven’t!

  • Prola Tariat May 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Until such times as we reach the poverty levels of Victorian Britain,this Government will not rest in its quest.The country needs revolution,to get rid of these governmental parasites,and their multi million pound cronies.IMHO!!!

    • steve davies May 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      I couldn’t agree more but because we are ” disabled ” we are easy prey for the monsters who govern this country and have difficulty being listened to. I would never condone violence or burning down buildings but a more radical approach is required by those who support us ie Bishops, Trade Unions , some Doctors and Nurses and other medical professionals, Labour and Liberal MPs, all the new UKIP councillors

  • Landless Peasant May 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Do you believe the new tests for sickness benefits are fair after 2,500 people in Bradford were judged fit to work?

    Please vote:

  • Trevor May 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The numbers of disabled either committing, or attempting suicide, due to their disgustingly cruel treatment at the hands of that loathsome, profit-mad organisation, Atos, should shame a civilised society. The problem is, we’re NOT a civilised society; how can we be when all that matters today is making as much money as possible and devil take the hindmost. And if that happens to be the most vulnerable and weakest in society, i.e. the sick and disabled – tough!

  • karin May 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I told my Gp about the ESA regulations and she was happy to use Reg 35 in a letter to the Tribunal. The Tribunal was intimidating because so much was riding on it for me, but the Judge and Doctor on the Tribunal both agreed in 10 mins, that I should be placed in the Support Gp. Now, 5 weeks on, I still haven’t received the money DWP owe me. Seems they don’t like paying their debts…

    Using the ESA Regs is vital and could make all the difference. We need all the info we can get, to beat these biaised, uncaring, casually cruel, odious bastards.

    • Daniel Linger May 9, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Glad you had that opportunity.

      Even though I copied all the details from Black Triangle’s pages, my GP refused to sign “anything to do with legislation”.

      I’ve still yet to hear about my decision, but needless to say, I’m far from optimistic.

      • jay May 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        The same thing happened to me, I saw my doctor and gave him the letter and also information about these regulations.
        He never signed them but returned them to me with a letter of support, a very good one.
        But my impression was that he didn’t want anything to do with legislation as Daniel has mentioned above.

  • anon May 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    There desperately needs to be some research on the psychological impact of the WCA (and cuts generally – bearing in mind that the disabled (including MH patients) are bearing the brunt of it all.

    One area of fruitful research might look at how Bedroom Tax refugees would seem highly likely to develop similar long-term Complex-PTSD symptoms to those experienced by conventional refugees, who TYPICALLY are diagnosable as having ‘Torture Syndrome’ (with or without conventional physical torture having been experienced).

    The ‘Brown Envelope Syndrome’ experienced by ESA claimants also seems to exactly resemble the Complex-PTSD described by researchers – especially when factoring in the ‘death warrant’ aspects of never knowing when one will be plunged into destition or ‘nudged’ into suicide, on the whim of an assessment which has been repeatedly shown to be massively unreliable and generally unfit for purpose.

    Atos, the WCA, WRAG and the Work Programme are already systematically and repeatedly exposing the most vulnerable to clearly identifiable techniques of coercive interrogation.

    The recent exposure of the involvement of the govt’s ‘Nudge Unit’ in DWP bullying and coercion of vulnerable claimants is a case in point. http://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/

    In fact a keyword seems to be “change” (IDS recently proclaiming that he wants the benefits system to ‘change people’). Unfortunately the means for achieving such psychological ‘changes’ always seems to entail breaking down an individual’s existing personality and values by means of trauma (loss of home, sanctions, forced labour, etc.), and then reprogramming them to suit. ( cf.’The Shock Doctrine’ by Naomi Klein)

    “Mental Death” seems to be a typical outcome of such experiences

    All such enforced ‘interventions’ would seem to impinge on any notion of human rights and informed consent (much about these issues on Steve Walker’s blog

    Prof. Judith Herman’s 1992 book ‘Trauma and Recovery’ is a good resource.

    Certainly the DWP and the Nudge Unit seem to be familiar with the “DDD Syndrome” tactic of fostering Deception, Dependency & Dread

    Note the use of the Tories’ favourite word ‘stock’ in the (perhaps apocryphal but still available to Lord Fraud) Willie Lynch letter: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/08/02/16/willie-lynch-letter-making-slave-document-everyone-should-read-and-learn-how-evil-a

  • Diane May 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    please….can everyone look at this FOI it makes for grim reading


    even when the DWP are told about the devastation they have wreaked – they don’t care

  • Liza van Zyl May 12, 2013 at 1:45 am

    We need people to help picket the PCS national conference in Brighton on 21 May. Let’s put pressure on PCS to work with us to fight the benefit barbarism destroying so many people’s lives, rather than set the police on those of us who campaign against the Welfare reforms. Please circulate this widely, and invite all your Facebook friends.


  • Humanity2012 May 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    A Caring Society and a Caring Government Both Essential

  • Annos May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “The City of London and the Offshore sector – The Enemy Within”


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