- Family say palliative nurse sent DWP note saying Denise is terminal
- Claim they appealed decision six weeks ago but have heard nothing
- Government is reviewing system for terminally ill benefits claimants
- A GoFundMe appeal has been set up to help the mother-of-five
Denise Bates thought she’d pulled through her battle with ovarian cancerfour years ago.
But at Christmas time last year the 50-year-old became ill and was given the devastating news the disease was back.
The mother-of-five and grandmother-of-seven fell into a depression and took an attempted overdose on Boxing Day in anticipation of her scan results. Weeks later doctors told her there was nothing they could do.
Since then, Denise and her family have been trying to hold it together and make the best of the time she has left. She has told her consultant she doesn’t want to know how long that will likely be.
But 10 weeks ago she was dealt another blow. After a face-to-face assessment the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ruled that her disability benefit be stripped – leaving her struggling to pay her bills and next to nothing for food.