[The Scottish Sun Newspaper]
'A DOCTOR yesterday likened the UK Government’s welfare reform crackdown on disabled people to the “barbarism” of the NAZIS.
Dr Stephen Carty told MSPs [MP Members of the Scottish Parliament] they must “fight back” against Westminster’s introduction of tough new tests to see if people are fit to work.'
The Full Article from the Scottish Sun:
‘A DOCTOR yesterday likened the UK Government’s welfare reform crackdown on disabled people to the “barbarism” of the NAZIS.'
Dr Stephen Carty told MSPs they must “fight back” against Westminster’s introduction of tough new tests to see if people are fit to work.
He said the policy could push hospital services to the brink of collapse, and warned the Scottish Government not to use the ‘Nuremberg Defence’ — where Nazi war criminals said they were “only obeying orders”. Dr Carty said: “Now is the time to mobilise a campaign of resistance.”
The Edinburgh GP is part of the Black Triangle Campaign, named after the badges the Nazis forced disabled people to wear in World War Two death camps. The changes have seen over a third of Scots Incapacity Benefit claimants passed as OK to work.
In Clackmannanshire more than half of those on the sick — 51 per cent — were classed as fit.
Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee is due to deliver a report on the impact of the changes before Parliament rises next month.
[The English paper ‘The Daily Mirror’, April 2, 2012]
‘More than a thousand sickness benefit claimants died last year after being told to get a job, we can reveal.
We've highlighted worries about the controversial medical tests for people claiming Employment Support Allowance which are being used to slash the country's welfare bill.
The Government has boasted that more than half of new claimants are found "fit to work" - failing to mention that over 300,000 have appealed the decision and almost 40% have won.
Instead, employment minister Chris Grayling (below) says this "emphasises what a complete waste of human lives the current system has been".
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Here's another waste of human life.
We've used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that, between January and August last year, 1,100 claimants died after they were put in the "work-related activity group".
This group - which accounted for 21% of all claimants at the last count - get a lower rate of benefit for one year and are expected to go out and find work.
This compares to 5,300 deaths of people who were put in the "support group" - which accounts for 22% of claimants - for the most unwell, who get the full, no-strings benefit of up to £99.85 a week.
We don't know how many people died after being found "fit to work", the third group, as that information was "not available".
But we have also found that 1,600 people died before their assessment had been completed.
This should take 13 weeks, while the claimant gets a reduced payment of up to £67.50 a week, but delays have led to claims the system is in "meltdown".
Mr Grayling admitted last month that 35,000 people are waiting longer than 13 weeks. Commenting on the deaths of claimants, a Department for Work and Pensions official said: "It is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then subsequently died, meaning that these figures may be overestimating the true picture."
Of course, they're bound to include some people who died of something completely unrelated to their benefit claim.
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But there are plenty of tragic cases - such as that of David Groves (above) who died from a heart attack the night before taking his work capability assessment.
The 56-year-old, from Staveley, Derbyshire, worked for 40 years as a miner and telecoms engineer but stopped on doctors' orders after an earlier heart attack and a string of strokes. His widow Sandra said: "When Dave was called in for a medical, he felt like he was back to square one.
"He was in a terrible state by the day he died. It was the stress that killed him, I'm sure."
Stephen Hill, 53, of Duckmanton, Derbyshire, died of a heart attack in December, one month after being told he was "fit to work", even though he was waiting for major heart surgery.
Citizens Advice told us it has found "a number of cases" of people dying soon after being found fit for work.
"There seems to be a clear link between the cause of death and the condition they were suffering from that led to the claim," said Katie Lane, head of welfare policy.
"We have always supported the idea that people who could work and want to work should be helped to do that. But we are seeing a lot of seriously ill and disabled people being found fit for work.
"We have serious concerns about whether the test used to decide if people are fit for work is the right test."
The work capability assessments are carried out by private firm Atos, on a £100million a year contract.
The firm made a £42million profit in 2010 and paid boss Keith Wilman £800,000, a 22% pay rise on the previous year.
The response to our FOI request:
‘Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 16 February 2012. You asked:
Can you please provide me with the number of ESA claimants who have died in 2011?
Can you please break down that number into the following categories:
• Those who are in the assessent phase
• Those who have been found fit to work
• Those who have been placed in the work related activity group
• Those who have been placed in the support group
• Those who have an appeal pending
The table below provides data on the numbers of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants where the Department holds information on a date of death being recorded in 2011 and whose latest Work Capability Assessment (WCA) date (or activity towards assessment) was before the end of August 2011, the latest data available.
In total, between January 2011 and August 2011, some 8,000 claims ended and a date of death was recorded within six weeks of the claim end. This represents about 1% of the total ESA caseload in May 2011 (the latest caseload data available). The table below shows the position of these claims when they were closed.
Those in the Support Group receive unconditional support due to the nature of their illness, which can include degenerative conditions, terminal illness and severe disability.
Note it is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then subsequently died, meaning that these figures may overestimate the true picture. Care should therefore be taken when interpreting these figures.
WCA Outcome at most recent assessment and number of claimants with a recorded date of death
Assessment not complete 1,600
Work Related Activity Group 1,100
Support Group 5,300
All figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
Data on the number of ESA claimants that have died following a fit for work decision is not available, as the Department does not hold information on a death if the person has already left benefit.
The Department does not hold information on the number of claimants who died whilst an appeal was in progress.’
We then asked for:
The total Employment and Support Allowance caseload figures most comparable with the ones in the FOI request, eg Jan-Aug 2011, showing how many ESA claimants are put in support group, WRAG group, fit to work or claim ended.
Clarification on whether these figures are only new ESA claims or whether they include the transfer from Incapacity Benefit?
Clarification on the six-week cut off figure - why was that selected?
We were told:
‘As at August 2011 there were around 730,000 people receiving ESA. In the three quarters Jan-Sep 2011, 380,000 people left ESA. It is not possible to provide the further detail you request.
These figures only cover new ESA claims - claims from IB recipients are not included.
The six-week figure is used routinely within the department when looking at where people go after leaving benefits.’
However, there are more figures on the outcome of Work Capability Assessments on the DWP website here and here.’
I much appreciate the clearsightedness and moral courage of
the men named above who spoke up as a medical doctor or as a journalist
against policies now being practised in England that can only be
rationally and fairly be described as Nazi-policies (see above
picture that links to text on Wikipedia) - with even less excuse
than the Nazis themselves had, for we live after them, and the
situation is not by far as poor economically in England now as in
Hitler's Germany then, after a lost world war and years of grave
But the moral, intellectual and human level of the leaders
must be the same, for else you do not
drive ill people to suicide, out of their homes, or into forced labour
- unless you are an insane sadist or a totally degenerate human being,
who believes he or she is beyond prosecution for crimes against
There will be more later on this topic, and meanwhile I recommend the English to start maintaining death-lists of the names and histories of those driven to their deaths because they are ill, and to maintain these on servers outside of the reach of the sick and degenerate criminals who make this a necessity.
In England there has now been instituted what seems to me to
be a Gulag-system or Nazi-system to drive those who are too ill to work
to death, so that those who are healthy can cough up more in taxes that
Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg then can hand over to the bank managers while
insisting this is all necessary "to save our economy" and/or "to save
It's quite odd to realize that only some 35 years ago this would have been regarded as mere Pythonesque satire of something that almost everyone then would have said with great conviction that "such inhumanity against the ill and defensless could never happen here, in Winston Churchill's and George Orwell's basically decent and humane England".
Then again, it seems that only the most human and most
intelligent are capable of gauging the sickness and degeneray that
characterizes so much of human history:
"History is little else but the register of the crimes,
follies and misfortunes of mankind"
"Presque toute l'Histoire n'est qu'une suite
Finally, I have been more restrained than I was and am
inclined to be, because I run great risks myself, and I need some more
things in place to have my full and true say about my personal history
with ME in Amsterdam, a
city governed since over 40 years "in the name of the
February Strike" my family was convicted to concentration
camps for, all for the best of financial interests of the mafia and
the mayors and aldermen who govern for the benefit of the drugs mafia,
as explained by me on the National Day of Commemoration of the Death of
World War II: The Narko-Nazi Netherlands: National Day of
National Narko-Nazi Justification - which is bitter and
horrible, but then that is what the truth about human beings often is.