Charity Worker Fears Benefit Claimants Could Die As Scotland GPs Advised To Stop Providing Letters On Request

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A charity support worker fears people could die as a result of the way they are assessed for benefits.

The concerned staff member from Scottish Veteran Support claims a long-standing agreement with GPs to provide letters for housebound unemployed people has been altered.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his clients, said he would often approach a doctor for proof people are too sick to leave the house when ordered to attend benefit assessment centres.

The support worker said: “There are three assessment centres in Dundee and we have had people without arms or legs, or with serious mental health issues receive letters telling them to go down to be assessed.

“Some of them have been housebound for years and couldn’t go down if they tried. Until last week we got a letter from a GP to show how bad they are.

“One of my clients is…

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