Benefits and Work has obtained documents which show that the DWP failed to take steps to prevent further claimant deaths following a coroner’s warning in January 2014, in spite of agreeing to do so. However, the department flew into a panic 20 months later and tried to mount a cover-up when the coroner’s report was uncovered by a journalist.
Coroner’s warning discovered
In September 2015 campaigning journalist John Pring of the Disability News service revealed that a coroner had issued a prevention of future deaths warning following the death of claimant Michael O’Sullivan. The warning is issued where a coroner believes that more deaths may occur unless action is taken.
Michael O’Sullivan committed suicide in September 2013. He had been suffering from anxiety and depression for a number of years and had previously been in receipt of incapacity benefit. He applied for employment…
View original post 1,382 more words