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Capita Sacks Nurse For Facebook Posts Against Claimants

August 31, 2016

A disability benefits assessor who was suspended after allegedly posting abusive comments about disabled claimants on Facebook has been sacked.

Capita – which assesses claimants for the government – confirmed the nurse was dismissed two weeks ago.

The Facebook posts were found by Sarah Goldstein, 24, who had been turned down for personal independence payments (PIPs) by the nurse.

Husband Jay Goldstein said he was glad “the right thing” had been done.

Mrs Goldstein, who has fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and suffers with chronic anxiety, migraines and depression, claimed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and first applied for PIPs in October 2014.

Mr Goldstein said she had been assessed last year but turned down for PIPs because it was felt she was “making everything up”.

Mrs Goldstein reapplied for PIPs at the end of 2015 and was assessed at her home in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, in March by the nurse.

But the couple’s suspicions were aroused when they found they had been turned down by the nurse on the basis of a number of “falsehoods” in an accompanying report, which has been seen by the BBC.

These included claims that Mrs Goldstein had given birth to 13-month-old daughter AJ naturally. In fact, Mrs Goldstein had a Caesarean and said she was never asked about the birth.

Mrs Goldstein saw the nurse’s name on the report and looked her up on social media “to make sure everything was above board” and discovered the posts.

One, written in July 2014, appears to attack a claimant who had lost two legs as a child and had appeared on a programme about benefits.

The post said he should “get a job fitting carpets” and that she “would like to catapult the scrounger back to…[where] he came from”.

It is believed the nurse started working for Capita a few months before the July post.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the outsourcing firm said: “We can confirm that the individual in question no longer works for Capita.”

Mr Goldstein, 25, said his wife has had a new assessment and is awaiting the result.

“We are glad that Capita has done the right thing and sacked the nurse,” he said.

“We feel a tiny bit of justice has been done.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2016 3:02 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. August 31, 2016 3:23 pm

    Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups and this nurse well and truly fucked up

  3. Justin Greenwood permalink
    September 1, 2016 8:16 pm

    Capita as well as sacking this nurse should also have reported them to the NMC for a charge of bringing the profession into disrepute, As in the Alan Barham case they stated he would not be employed by them and again a member of public had to register a complaint with the governing body, this again shows the actual lack of respect from these assessors and also from the parent company as when the wca assessors make mistakes, the usual well the medical woas not up to our usual high standards letter is sent out and this will be bought to there line managers attention, but is something really serious done about it, no, it is just business as usual, keep failing people, we don’t care about the tribunal we made our bucks, next and this applies to the decision makers as well, they get supplementary evidence pre tribunal and at that point have a chance to review any decision and stop a expensive tribunal, what do the dm’s do, they try and persuade you not to go to tribunal, they stick to the original wca assessors decision and ignore the new evidence, then the dwp wonders why so many people end up going to tribunal and quite often there own condition worsens and then they think that after they sanctioned you and whatever you should trust these people, the problem with the system is there problem, two professors reports, numerous suicides and still they run around in cloud cuckoo land thinking that there the best things since sliced bread, let’s hope that the black triangle gets ids and co in court for the misconduct case and lets hear what fist-pumping junk comes out of them then.

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