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Authors Of ‘Extra Suicides’ Study Call For DWP To Release Data

November 24, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The authors of a report which found that the work capability assessment (WCA) is linked to almost 600 additional suicide have called on the DWP to release any data it holds on claimant mortality.

The peer reviewed report, written by respected academics from Oxford and Liverpool universities, found that in areas where incapacity benefit claimants were being reassessed for employment and support allowance, suicide rates, mental health conditions and antidepressant prescribing all increased.

The DWP have dismissed the report out-of-hand, claiming that it is ‘wholly misleading’. The department also argued that:

“In addition, it is concerning that they provide no evidence that the people with mental health problems highlighted in the report even underwent a Work Capability Assessment.”

However, the report’s authors have now responded in a letter to the Guardian, saying:

“Suicides and other mental health problems continue to increase in the UK. It is crucial that we understand why this has occurred and take action to reverse this situation. In order to facilitate this the DWP should make any relevant data they hold available to researchers, to allow further analysis of the health impact of the WCA.”

However, it seems extremely unlikely at this stage that the DWP will release any data whatsoever which might prove that their policies are harming sick and disabled people.

You can read the full letter in the Guardian

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. jeffrey davies permalink
    November 24, 2015 3:55 pm

    nah they dont want their aktion t4 plans to get out genocide by the government culling of the stock otherwise they could be up before the hague answering for their crimes against humanity jeff3

  2. Andreew Longworth-Dames permalink
    November 24, 2015 4:15 pm

    i HAVE HAD A WORD WITH ‘MR SHOUTY CALL ME DAVE’, ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE,
    AND ASKED HIM TO GET ‘THE DEADLY DUD’ TO RELEASE THE FIGURES. ALL WILL BE WELL!

  3. Ann permalink
    November 24, 2015 8:43 pm

    Personal Experience suggests that no one gives a hoot really they get yoir claim forms make appointments to see you to discuss
    Then turn you down because you look clean and tidy amd drive

  4. November 24, 2015 9:39 pm

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

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