It's ironic that last week I was giving a seminar at my local college to a group of health & social care students on social and medical models of disability, and during this seminar I had something of an epiphany, we are returning more and more and more to the medical model at the expense of disabled peoples social needs and the Work Capability Assessment is a clear indication of this.
Now I have already written about my concerns with ESA and WCA procedures in my blog entry "Who Are The Real Benefit Cheats?" and with some of the stories that have come to my attention since then my concerns begin to grow.
I grow more and more concerned every time I hear of yet another disabled person being told they are fit for work when they can barely get out of bed. Its causing such stress to those getting caught in this trap that it will be putting more strain on our doctors (who are largely ignored in the ESA and WCA procedures) and their family units.
I am currently preparing a dossier of apparent ESA injustices which I plan to send to my local MP, Mr Justin Tomlinson, Mr Ian Duncan-Smith, Ms Yvette Cooper MP Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Women and Equalities and Mr Douglas Alexander MP Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities.
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