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    Apparently working in the UK is likely to kill you...

    From The Gardian

    More than 80 people a month are dying shortly after being declared ?fit for work? according to new data, prompting campaigners to call for an overhaul of the government?s controversial welfare regime.

    Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions on Thursday show that 2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 shortly after a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were able to work.

    The administration of the WCA by officials has been widely criticised as crude and inaccurate by campaigners. There have been hundreds of thousands of appeals of fit-for-work decisions over the last few years, about four in 10 of which have succeeded.

    But there was widespread acceptance that the data should be treated with caution. Because the cause of death was not recorded, it is impossible to show whether a death was linked to an incorrect assessment.

    The data, compiled in response to freedom of information requests, also revealed that between December 2011 and February 2014, 50,580 recipients of employment and support allowance benefit (ESA) had died within 14 days of their claim ending.

    Of this number, 2,380 ? or 4% ? had received a decision that they were fit for work, meaning that they were at risk of losing their ESA benefit.

    Of the 50,580, 7,200 claimants had died after being awarded ESA and being placed in the work-related activity group ? a category which aims to identify claimants who are unfit to work but may be able to return to work in the future.

    Tom Pollard, policy and campaigns manager at mental health charity Mind, said: ?We?re not able to comment on these specific statistics as they only tell us the number of people who have died while on employment and support allowance [ESA], not the circumstances or details of these deaths.

    ?Nevertheless, we do have serious concerns about the benefit system, particularly for those with mental health problems currently being supported by ESA.

    ?The assessment used to decide who is eligible for ESA does not properly take account of the impact having a mental health problem can have on someone?s ability to work. As a result, many people don?t get the outcome that?s right for them, and have to go through a lengthy and stressful appeals process.

    ?We desperately need to see an overhaul of the system, with more tailored specialised support for people with mental health problems and less focus on pressuring people into work and stopping their benefits.?

    The DWP defended the accuracy of the WCA. It said: ?Any causal effect between benefits and mortality cannot be assumed from these statistics. Additionally, these isolated figures provide limited scope for analysis and nothing can be gained from this publication that would allow the reader to form any judgment as to the effects or impacts of the work capability assessment.?

    It added: ?DWP does not hold information on the reason for death, therefore no causal effect between the WCA decision and the number of people who died within a year of that decision should be assumed from these figures.?
    f*ck facebook

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    That's just their system to free up jobs. Kill off the sick so the healthy can work.
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    proof socialist medicine works
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    What I personally found appalling is organizations working to remove the "stigma" associated with being dependent on the government with articles, websites to a far greater extent that we have here. A terrifying view of things to come.
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    ^^^thats same as the folks who voted for obama
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