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The work capability assessment (WCA) causes relapses in patients with severe mental health conditions according to a senior consultant psychiatrist, the Guardian has reported.

Dr Jed Boardman, a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust, told the Guardian that:

“People with severe long-term problems get very distressed about being assessed, probably because mistakes are made, because the process isn’t perfect, because they don’t feel they are being listened to in their interviews.

“You do see people relapsing as a consequence of getting distressed.”

Dr Boardman argued that the WCA fails to take account of the fluctuating nature of many people’s conditions and ignores the fact that many people play down their symptoms rather than trying to exaggerate them.

You can read the full story in the guardian


#6 gary clarke 2015-12-12 17:39
I would like to see how they re-assess me, I have been medically retired as unfit for work due to disabilities after several consultants and GP appointments so it should be very interesting.
+1 #5 Roy 2015-12-08 00:00
Its not the WCA, but the similar PIP assessment and subsequent appeal that has had a major affect on my mental health this year.

With going from full DLA to zero points PIP I had no option but to appeal. I dreaded this because my well time is minimal, plus my cognitive function is abysmal (Even your excellent guides were too overwhelming).

Due to the pressure, last Christmas I had a mental breakdown and despite welfare rights taking over my case, they also messed up. For the first time in my life I ended up attempting suicide in March due to the stress and lack of hope/support.

The tribunal in August was thankfully successful, however it was the most stressful day of my entire life due to my poor mental and physical condition. Its a very sorry state of affairs when you have to go to court in an attempt to have to try and prove how unwell you are.

Months later I am still trying to recover from the traumatic affect the past 18 months of applying for PIP has had on me. I no longer can face official paperwork due to fear and overwhelm. I simply cannot face applying for ESA.

I can fully understand why hundreds of the most vulnerable people have resorted to suicide due to these barbaric practices imposed by this evil government.
+1 #4 Crazydiamond 2015-12-02 23:27
The work capability assessment (WCA) doesn't work.
Universal Credit (UC) won't work.
Personal Independent Payment (PIP) won't work.

Nevertheless, the DWP will plough on regardless and continue to heap more misery upon claimants with their sheer incompetence in evidence at all levels. However, what do you expect with a failed party leader at the helm?
#3 fedupinuk 2015-12-02 15:45
Im pleased the Guardian used this, I gave the case study based on my sons experience to highlight how utterly arbitrary the WCA is and how serious conditions are largely ignored. My son is just about to come out of the local Psychiatric unit so I am hoping that his recent application to ESA will be sucessful
#2 carruthers 2015-11-26 11:36
Quoting GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment:
This has been said time after time, it needs action taken against the DWP but no one can help us and I mean no one.

It's about time for justice.

Wise words from Benjamin Franklin:
'Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.'
We need more than The Guardian on our side. There is note taken elsewhere, though

Did anyone else hear The Now Show last Friday (20 November 2015)? They had a segment about the WCA which was showing how stupid and undignified it is. Catch the show on iPlayer Radio in the next 3 weeks to hear it.
+3 #1 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGovernment 2015-11-24 17:46
This has been said time after time, it needs action taken against the DWP but no one can help us and I mean no one.

It's about time for justice. All this and that is no good to us that suffer like lambs to the slaugher.

I feel that no one cares anymore.

Also many dr's consultants have been saying that the WCA doe's not work.

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