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How anxiety of benefit sanctions damages mental health

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by JohnTheJack, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. JohnTheJack

    JohnTheJack Moderator Staff Member

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    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    From the article
    It is largely to avoid these stresses that my wife and I made the decision for me not to try for benefits, but I completely appreciate that the vast majority of people will not be in a situation where that is an option for them. We believe that my health, as this report has found, would be negatively affected and would put me further away from any improvement, and therefore further away from any possible work.
     
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    Thank you for doing that @JohnTheJack. That was a very worthwhile thing for you to do. I think it's utterly disgraceful and inhumane for sick people to be treated as described in the report.

    The best thing about getting old is getting off the ESA treadmill and getting a pension. We're fortunate that my daughter is in the Support group for ESA at the moment, so doesn't have to go through this cruel process. I'm not sure when she's due to be reassessed, but if they put her in the work related activity group she'll have to come off benefit and I'll have to support her on my pension. WRAG would break her completely.

    I really feel for you and everyone in that horrible situation.
     
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    I spoke to Jaimini on the phone. She emailed me recently to say there is going to be a presentation in HoC in the next few weeks.

    Grim serendipity: I received an Assessment form in the post last week: to be completed and returned by 14th November. Great.

    Edit: Oops. Seems HoC reception was last week.
     
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    Skycloud Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    From the reports key findings:
    I bet that isn't in Wessely's Mental Health Review conclusions.
     
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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I bet he'll argue that this is an argument to increase and accelerate those services, that it's not that it's not working, it's that it's not big enough.

    And yet what's the expectation from IAPT? 5%? And that's probably very generous. How long can this farce be sustained?
     
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