Research finds strong correlation between Work Capability Assessment and suicide

At least some headway is being made in that there are interested parties trying to do what the government won’t and that’s get answers to questions they would rather people didn’t ask.

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In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) had their eligibility reassessed using a new stringent functional (as opposed to medical) checklist – the Work Capability Assessment.

Doctors, disability rights organisations, mental health chaities and individual campaigners,such as myself, have raised concerns that this has had an adverse effect on the mental health of claimants, but there have been no population level studies exploring the health effects of this or similar policies, until now.

Research, conducted by B Barr, D Taylor-Robinson, D Stuckler, R Loopstra, A Reeves, and M Whitehead, has established a link between the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and suicide. The research,published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (which is peer-reviewed,)and carried out by social scientists from a variety of backgrounds, from the universities of Oxford and Liverpool…

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