Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy | DisabledGo News and Blog


A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his suicide. Last week, the parents of David Barr, from Glenrothes, Fife, called for former work and pensions ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to be prosecuted over their failure to address serious safety concerns about the work capability assessment (WCA), which they believe led to their son’s death in August 2013. This week, Disability News Service (DNS) has examined documents relating to their son’s claim for employment and support allowance (ESA), and they show that he was assessed by a physiotherapist employed by the government contractor Atos, who took just 35 minutes to carry out an assessment and then just another 18 minutes to complete the report. Barr, who lived in Glenrothes, Fife, told the assessor in May 2013 that he had anxiety, depression and psychosis –

Source: Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy | DisabledGo News and Blog

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