Moderator note: This post and subsequent posts have been moved from this thread: David Tuller: Trial By Error: The Cochrane Controversy There is also financial hardship/harm, including (in the UK at least) financial harm that can have far reaching implications when someone retires. There are some sickness benefits which count as credits towards your state pension when you retire, in lieu of the national insurance contributions that you would otherwise have paid if working. But I'm pretty sure people with mental illnesses do not get that kind of benefit, so do not accrue state pension benefits. So people with a physical illness, incorrectly diagnosed as a mental condition, will be denied a chunk of their state pension in due course, which they should in reality be entitled to. No doubt a strong motivation for the DWP, including the MUS moves.