Amnesia sufferer Nikki Pegram declared fit to work

A woman says she has been deemed fit to work despite a condition which makes her think every day is 15 October 2014.

Nikki Pegram, 28, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has had memory loss since a fall a year ago. She used to work as a pub manager and was also able to claim benefits because of other health issues. She now has no job and no disability benefits.

The Department for Work and Pensions said Ms Pegram’s circumstances had changed and she was entitled to appeal.

Ms Pegram fell and banged her head as she was leaving Kettering General following an appointment for a knee problem last October. She developed anterograde amnesia, which means she cannot create new memories and believes each day is the day of her hospital appointment.

She takes notes and reads the diary each morning to help her get through the day.

Her partner Chris Johnston said: “She lives her life on a day-to-day basis – she doesn’t know what she did yesterday, last week, last month. She has to rely on the diary she’s got and she has to rely on me.”

Before the accident, she claimed personal independence payment (PIP) for her physical health problems, which included chronic pain, osteoporosis and polymyalgia. Groundskeeper Mr Johnston hoped they would be entitled to more help.

Ms Pegram was reassessed and has since been stripped of more than £200 a fortnight. She is entitled to claim about £70 a week, dependant on a GP note, in employment support allowance, Mr Johnston said.

“She was declared fit for work because she can walk 200m and she can talk without prompting,” said Mr Johnston. “I don’t see how they could have come to that conclusion. She’s not got better, she’s got worse. She can’t work – she won’t know where’s she working, what she’s doing, you’d have to train her every day.”

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-34185594

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2 thoughts on “Amnesia sufferer Nikki Pegram declared fit to work

  1. Where are the Employers complaining that some conditions actually do make a person unemployable in the real world? Why are they not shouting loud that memory problems mean a person can’t even get past induction, or realistically agree to working to Health and Saftety regulations? If everyone can and must work, where are the employers who are able/willing/trained to adjust to the different limitations of potential workers? What compensation is available to them if workers must be trained every day? Or are otherwise needing extra assistance or flexible time off?

    The Govt have always resisted linking the WCA with Real work scenarios. Why? It must be obvious by now. Employers expect at least minimum standards of ability from staff. The WCA just requires consciousness and the ability to push a button! Sometimes.

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