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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Reassessment harassment by DWP worsens PTSD

People who have undergone the process of serial reassessment by the DWP of their benefit claims can no doubt resonate with David's assertion that the DWP's harassment has made his symptoms worse.

For more details of David's specific case, go to http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-puts-child-abuse-trial-at-risk-by-insisting-on-pip-reassessment/

1 comment:

  1. Tonight's BBC1 tv news broadcast included a news item about the trauma faced by people on jury service in gruesome cases being made worse by jurors being told not to discuss the case with anyone outside while the trial is proceeding. I can find no reference to that item on the BBC website at present, but here is a link to what seems to be the same story. Jury Service 'Trauma' I quote from the article:

    ".... The research confirms that jury service, particularly for crimes against people, can cause significant anxiety and for a vulnerable minority it can lead to severe clinical levels of stress or the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

    "The study led by clinical psychologist Dr Noelle Robertson warns of the perils of undergoing jury service - and the fact that people cannot talk about their experiences for fear of being held in contempt of court. It is the first UK exploratory study to look at the possible traumatisation of jurors. The report claims jury service can be a significant stressor for a vulnerable minority and goes on to debate whether screening might be employed to eliminate jurors from potentially traumatising trials...."

    How much more traumatic for the alleged victim in an abuse case when those summonsing him to be retested for his sickness and disability benefit claim are acting like barristers for the alleged defendants? Would it not be better to at least wait till after the abuse trial before summonsing David to be re-assessed?

    Yet given the frequency with which the DWP and Atos have summonsed people for benefits entitlement re-assessment, the DWP and Atos can be fairly accused of being serial abusers, perhaps? And it seems that the mandate for retesting is implicit in the assertion by assessment banker turned 'welfare reform guru' Freud, that most disability benefit claimas lack 'legitimacy'.

    Under such directions, Atos have told their 'disability analyst' recruits that the Hippocratic Oath does not apply, because the assessment is of 'claimants not patients'. Sickness benefit clawback firm tells GP people are 'claimants, not patients'
    Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/sickness-benefit-clawback-firm-tells-1096774#KbHyiKh2ieLo68bv.99