I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of hearing the DWPs lame duck excuse that underlines every tragic case that gets to the press.
Here is a classic one:
The DWP said: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring people receive the support they are entitled to.
“That is why assessments are carried out by qualified health professionals and we continue to work with them to ensure quality is continuously improving.
Now whilst we do not doubt they are professionals, it is a broad term and most come from the NHS anyway, but that DOES NOT MEAN they are professional in the health condition you have and can indeed be unprofessional in the health conditions they are assessing with only the guideance they are given by the contractors which in most cases don’t cut it and are not geared to understanding as the concensus is and always has been to cut the level of support.
Let me give you a lived example, I am an SAH Stroke survivor since 1990 with many disabilities arising from that event both physical and mental indeed one could say given the length of time they are life long and indeed after much of a fight that is the award I got ongoing for 10 years with an (LTR) light touch review but my god did I have to fight all the way to Tribunal
I am also since August 2018 a Stoma Bag wearer due to SCC Bladder Cancer so due to the SAH Stroke have additional issues over and above a person with two good hands in changing that bag etc.
Now getting back to the main gripes of this post I was assessed by a Paramedic now I have no doubt he was professional in that field of emergency medial care and first response however he had no experience whatsoever in both living with SAH Stroke and its ongoing care or living with a stoma bag so how could he assess me on those issues? but he did and thus why the PA4 Medical report was fit for the bin and which I manage to do with more needless and endless work debunking everything it said which by the way was not much and missed out much of what I and my good wife had said indeed it was full of one liners.
I had to do a bureaucratic (MR) Mandatory Reconsideration that is there purely to frustrate the appeals process in the hope I would give up and go away which came back as a no change award of zero mobility points to get to the gateway of Tribunal.
But got there I did and was overturned in just 3 weeks!
All that stress for what? to try and disprove the obvious and then to save face the DWP come out with these quotes designed to MISLEAD the public that everything is going swimmingly well and in the meantime citizens are dying.
WE CAN ALL BE PROFESSIONALS IN OUR PARTICULAR FIELDS BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT PROFESSIONALISM TRANSFERS TO SOMETHING WE HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN AT ALL AND THUS THIS BULLSHIT FROM THE DWP AND ITS CONTRACTORS MUST BE DEBUNKED AT EVERY OPPOTUNITY.