It has been revealed by Benefit And Works that more than 100 people a month are dying whilst fighting for an award of PIP even though they have less than six months to live.
A recent report by the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie has sadly revealed that in the 18 months between April 2018 and October 2019 1,860 people died within six months of being refused benefits.
One person who is terminally ill reported that her benefits had reduced after being forced to move from DLA to PIP.
She told the Guardian: “The assessor didn’t recognise that I was terminally ill. He didn’t want to see the doctor’s letters, the consultant’s letter or the letter from the hospice. He didn’t want to know. I have Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, brittle bone disease and intestinal failure.
“I have been receiving end-of-life support from a hospice but had to cancel my other care after the review as I couldn’t afford to pay for it. I was forced to appeal and only then did I receive a higher rate.”
It is also reported that a consultant neurologist was questioned no fewer than three times by Capita about their assessment that a claimant with motor neurone disease was terminally ill.
This has caused huge distress to those concerned at a time when they shouldn’t be forced to worry about the DWP and their financial situation.
This has also delayed any access to much-needed benefits, but not only are they harassing claimants they see fit to also harass consultants thus taking time away from dealing with parents.
Meanwhile the DWP is still delaying any reforms of the rules for terminally ill people for benefits.
Can you imagine how stressful it is for terminally ill people having to fight for their payments and care knowing that they might not ever receive their rightful payments? People are literally dying whilst doing exactly this and still the government blatantly fails to support them.
We must also never forget that everyday terminally ill people are forced to end essential care that they need because of the above reason.
Everyone deserves proper care and dignity but still the government continues to persecute them, but let’s be honest they don’t care and never will because they regard disabled and ill people as deserving of nothing.
We all need to continue this conversation and highlight the seriousness of this. No one deserves to die with this stress and worry. Its inhumane and horrific that this is indeed happening at all.
The DWP needs to stop delaying their delaying tactics and start to actually start making the essential changes to the terminal illness rules but we all know that this isn’t going to happen is it.
Once again huge thanks to Benefit And Works for their hard work revealing this report and making thousands of people aware of the DWP cruelty that appears to be never-ending. They work extremely hard to get the truth out there.
At times like this you’d expect any organisation to be sympathetic and caring but as has been proved time and time again the DWP fails to show even an ounce of care and compassion.
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