Government attempts to “turn shirkers into workers” achieved new levels of dedication earlier this week, with the decision by ATOS, acting on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions, that a patient in a coma was capable of work.
“Client’s husband is in hospital in a coma. He was sent ESA50. Client contacted DWP to explain situation and was asked to obtain letter from hospital confirming he is in a coma. Did so.
“Was told to send it to ATOS rather than local BDC. Did so. Husband has now received decision letter- yep, as he has failed to return the ESA50 without good cause and is therefore capable of work and no longer entitled to ESA.”
According to the manager of Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit, who would not name the individual involved for reasons of client confidentiality, this is a bona fide post. He said: “if its out on that forum from one of our log-ons, then it is a genuine story”.
A DWP spokesperson said “Nobody would be found capable of work on the basis that they did not return a form. Work Capability Assessments are based on thorough assessments by medical experts.”
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