TUC conference 2016: work capability assessments

 

Thr Trades Union Congress notes the Guardian report on 16 November 2015 that Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) have been linked to 590 suicides and 725,000 prescriptions of anti-depressants in the last three years.

Congress also notes that a senior coroner in North London, Mary Hassell, linked the suicide of Michael O’Sullivan in 2013 directly to a WCA, after he was declared fit for work.

Congress believes that enough is enough and that the time has come for action before more lives are lost. The DWP and government have been brought into disrepute and must be held to account.

Congress agrees with organisations such as DPAC (Disabled People against the Cuts) and MIND that WCAs must be scrapped in their current format and replaced by a fair and humane process.

Congress therefore instructs the incoming Disabled Workers Committee to campaign for reform using all means at its disposal

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