Thousands of disabled people to face inappropriate benefits reassessment this year

Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show.

Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP).

Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering progressive conditions rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease were reassessed for PIP, according to a written parliamentary question from Labour MP Madeleine Moon.

SNP MP Carol Monaghan said she was dealing with four cases in her constituency of people who suffer from MS being reassessed for PIP, despite their condition only getting progressively worse.

“MS is a progressive condition, they’re never going to be any better than they are at the moment, so they should never be asked to go for a re-assessment,” she told the Press Association.

“Some of these people are still able to walk to a certain extent, so they get themselves in just about, and then they’re being told that ‘you look fine’. That’s like somebody ill going to a doctor and the doctor saying ‘yeah, you’re looking all right, I’m not going to bother doing any tests’. It’s a medical condition – it’s not about how somebody or somebody presents. It’s actually about a diagnosis that’s given by a medical professional, and this simply isn’t happening.”

In 2015/16 2,400 people with these conditions were reassessed for PIP, according to the figures obtained by Ms Moon, compared with a total of 200 in the previous two years.

Read more here: http://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/41618-thousands-of-disabled-people-to-face-inappropriate-benefits-reassessment-this-year

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2 thoughts on “Thousands of disabled people to face inappropriate benefits reassessment this year

  1. Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    What is this reassessment all about for persons with these conditions are not going to improve. So the reassessment will produce the same results or will show that the conditions have progressed. Surely a reassessment is there to monitor possible improvements, but this is not going to occur, so what savings are there going to be. It will be even more costs to be spent without any cost savings.

    Or is the real reasons for these reassessments to cause more anxiety and stress to create an environment to progress the condition more quickly, if that is possible, so the end results will be early premature death, then and only then will there be cost savings.

    A form of Government euthanasia or also known as assisted suicide. Suicide is not illegal, but assisted suicide is, unless this is undertaken by the medical profession and now, possibly, the Government itself.

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