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Great post about Michael O’Sullivan. ITV interviewed his daughter shortly after this case was exposed by Disabled News Service – http://bit.ly/1Kx8jrX
First published by The Independent, 21st September 2015
Yesterday, Britain made history, and not because the story of Dave Hameron supposedly porking a dead pig’s head broke on the Daily Mail website at 11pm. We made history, because in our affluent, highly developed nation, it came to light that for the first time, a coroner has determined that a man died due to being found ‘fit for work’.
Michael O’Sullivan was a 60-year-old father from north London, and he hanged himself after his disability benefits were stopped. The government’s DWP assessors found him ‘fit for work’, despite the opinion of three doctors that his recurrent depression was very serious. Mr O’Sullivan’s GP had certified him unable to work, but the ruling of his doctor, a trained medical profession, was not apparently good enough for the Department of Work and Pensions.
Benefit sanctions and the outcomes of work capability assessments (WCAs)…
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