In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, Rose McGowan is asking people not to place blame—on Bourdain himself or on his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento. “Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets,” McGowan wrote in a letter sent to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame.” Instead, wrote McGowan, who said Argento was sitting across from her as she composed the letter, people should learn about mental illness, depression, and suicide before hurting survivors by “judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood.” Often when we lose someone we want to “lash out and blame,” McGowan writes. “You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.”
Source: Rose McGowan: Stop Blaming Bourdain’s Girlfriend : Newser
Yet another case of what is wrong with the welfare system. The system should be about the person claiming benefits and they should be at the centre of the process. Not as currently where finance is at the centre.
The Care Act 2014 was supposed to ensure the cared for was at the centre and the system would be there for them, but is the Act worth the paper it is written on.
The Governments whole process is ‘not fit for purpose’ as it is based on making savings without a thought for the consequences for those who are in need of care. Whatever savings they believed they would achieve have been more than spent on appeals after appeals and then the resultant events in court.
The Government are proceeding with a short-term view, when they should be proceeding on the long-term outcomes, which are more relevant.
Until the Government see sense then they will be abusing and punishing the disabled, elderly and those in severely poor health, who are reliant on the welfare benefits they are initially being denied to survive.
For many it is too late for the abusing and punishments have been so severe that they could not take anymore and they felt their only relief would be for them to take their own lives.
In effect they have been murdered by the actions of this Government and those responsible should be made to suffer the consequences, whatever they will be.
The estimable Peter Stefanovic has suggested that “when Benefit cuts force an incontinent cancer survivor to ‘re-use nappies’ you know the system is failing on an industrial scale”.
This Writer begs to differ.
The system is doing exactly what the Conservatives want.
The lady Mr Field mentions has been targeted very specifically by the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions.
The idea was to deprive her of her benefits in order to put this lady under increased levels of stress; the hope was that this would push her towards suicide – or simply kill her off by boosting the level of her illness.
Source: Incontinent cancer survivor forced to “re-use baby nappies” is a sign of Tory-run DWP success
A commenter came to This Site today, expressing a belief that the Department for Work and Pensions wants sick or disabled claimants to die – and that the government would have its way because…
Source: Scandalous and homicidal government cuts force woman to seek assisted suicide | Vox Political
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