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Sick Benefits Claimant Has HEART ATTACK During Jobcentre Test - and Government Axe His Payments
Mirror ^ | Steve White | Jan 31, 2014

Posted on 01/31/2014 4:53:00 PM PST by nickcarraway

Two weeks later he got a letter from Jobcentre Plus saying he had withdrawn from the assessment and, as such, was being sanctioned

Stress: Jobcentre test led to benefits claimant having a heart attack during the assessmentStress: Jobcentre test led to benefits claimant having a heart attack during the assessment A man who was forced to give up work with heart problems had his benefits axed for failing to complete a capability assessment - after suffering a heart attack during the examination.

During the appointment, he was told he was having a cardiac arrest, forcing the nurse to stop the test.

Two weeks later he got a letter from Jobcentre Plus saying he had withdrawn from the assessment and, as such, was being sanctioned.

The anonymous man took his case to to Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams.

A spokesman for the MP said: “No-one is saying people on benefits shouldn’t have to look for work when appropriate, but this government is going beyond the pale in using underhand tactics to force vulnerable people off benefits to massage the unemployment data.”

The man is just one of a string of people who have come forward to the MP.

An anonymous woman was sanctioned after missing an appointment despite phoning on the morning of her assessment to explain she suffers from widespread arthritis, needs two knee replacements, cannot use her thumbs and struggles to write.

But the Department of Work and Pensions wrote to her to say they ‘doubt the reasons she provided’ and asked her to write informing of her illness meaning she was sanctioned even though she followed the correct procedures.

A further example includes a man who began claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in November, 2012, after living off redundancy payment and has been seeking employment ever since.

He received a letter from the Jobcentre Plus office in Preston saying his allowance had been stopped because he had failed to attend an interview the day before.

However, he had attended at noon and saw an adviser for a 30-minute appointment.

Other agencies have also been accused over their administration of benefits. Earlier this month we reported how Atos wrote to a woman in a coma asking her why she was not working.

Hit Channel 4 series Benefits Street has also put the benefits system in the spotlight.

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1 posted on 01/31/2014 4:53:00 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Bureaucracy at work.

They are measured by the volume of paper they push, not the quality of their work.

I'd bet for every one of the deserving who are screwed by this system, there are a hundred of hustlers who know how to play the system scamming off it every day.

2 posted on 01/31/2014 5:00:53 PM PST by Ditto
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To: nickcarraway

Whoever wrote this article has no conception of what he’s talking about.
“During the appointment, he was told he was having a cardiac arrest, forcing the nurse to stop the test.”

Really a cardiac arrest? And the nurse just stopped the test and sent him home?


3 posted on 01/31/2014 5:01:34 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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Really a cardiac arrest? And the nurse just stopped the test and sent him home?

This was in Canada. They have socialized medicine. The proper procedure when someone is having cardiac arrest is to send them home so they can start waiting a month or so for their appointment.

4 posted on 01/31/2014 5:04:32 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Now he’s going to have to come back and re-do the whole assessment

...if he lives


5 posted on 01/31/2014 5:13:04 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah even in a communist country you would have difficulty discharging someone having a cardiac arrest....


6 posted on 01/31/2014 5:22:40 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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nickcarraway wrote:
"This was in Canada. They have socialized medicine. The proper procedure when someone is having cardiac arrest is to send them home so they can start waiting a month or so for their appointment."

Kozak replied:
"Yeah even in a communist country you would have difficulty discharging someone having a cardiac arrest...."

A member of parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth? That's in Manchester, England, IIRC, in the U.K., AKA Britain. But many would proudly say, U.K., Canada--same thing, one being a dominion of the other with mere colonials and all.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 6:15:49 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway
This was in Canada.

Read the article. Check the source. Wasn't Canada.

8 posted on 01/31/2014 6:25:26 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: familyop; Dartman

Sorry, I had a brain blip. It was England.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 6:29:48 PM PST by nickcarraway
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