Man who had two heart attacks was forced to work resulting in another heart attack

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Emily and Michael Bispham (Photo: cascadenews.co.uk)

A 44 year old man suffered his third heart attack after being refused disability benefits and being forced to work. Michael Bispham, who had already suffered two heart attacks, collapsed with a third on the day he started work as a delivery driver, just three hours into his shift.

He had been awarded zero points at his Work Capability Assessment (WCA), and was told he was not eligible to claim sickness benefit and must look for work.  

Michael was told he was found “fit for work” by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), despite 11 letters from consultants and other doctors that clearly stated he wasn’t.

Yet he received confirmation that he had won his Employment and Support Allowance tribunal – reversing the DWP decision – as he lay in hospital following his heart attack in work. 

Michael had been fitted with…

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