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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 04 Oct 2018 15:19 #10379

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of leaving one woman so poor she developed a life-threatening illness. This was due to starvation. It’s an illness more usually associated with war zones, famine, and concentration camps.
The DWP and ‘refeeding syndrome’

The Canary has changed the claimant’s name to ‘Alice’. We have full permission to publish her story.

As Rob McDowall from the charity Welfare Scotland wrote on Twitter :

I visited… Alice at home who had collapsed. I visited her and met her social worker and her partner who were concerned. Alice didn’t want to go to hospital but we had to call an ambulance as her heart rate was erratic, she couldn’t keep her eyes open & was clammy.

She was confused and shouting for her mum who had passed away over 20 years ago. Ambulance staff said her heart was showing signs of stress. Rushed to hospital. [Alice] was seen by emergency doctors and diagnosed as suffering from refeeding syndrome.

"I had taken [Alice] to get emergency food from the food bank a couple of days ago. I didn’t know Alice had been in a state of practical starvation for months and was existing on very little food. When Alice went home and had her first meal… her body was fragile and couldn’t cope… She ate most of a packet of cookies I had given her as she was so happy to have a choice and have food there. Her body, used to starving, couldn’t cope and it unleashed mayhem."

The BMJ says doctors first saw refeeding syndrome in survivors of Japan’s WWII concentration camps. As McDowall says, it usually occurs in war zones and during famines.

In short, when a person suffers starvation, their body uses fat and protein stores to produce energy. Then, when their body gets carbs and sugars again, it goes into overdrive. This can lead to cardiac failure and death. Alice was lucky as the illness didn’t get that far.

But it’s her backstory which is most heartbreaking – and damning of the DWP.

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/10/04/the-dwp-left-a-woman-so-starved-she-got-an-illness-usually-seen-in-concentration-camps/
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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 04 Oct 2018 15:53 #10380

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Conservative scum bags. whoever voted for these horrible lot deserve every thing they get,
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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 04 Oct 2018 17:04 #10382

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I`m sat here wondering, how many more people will suffer similar fates like poor Alice because they rely on the `state` to survive? I thought it was bad in the 80`s when I was signing on.....we are now in the 21st century and going back to the dark ages. And Alice is just another statistic, isn`t she.
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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 05 Oct 2018 23:19 #10396

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They probably derive great pleasure from reading stories like this 'improving lives' by getting people off benefits etc.
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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 07 Oct 2018 03:25 #10404

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"Conservative scum bags. whoever voted for these horrible lot deserve every thing they get,"

I totally agree with you London123 and unfortunately feel a lot of deluded 'workers' currently still lucky enough to be in relatively good incomes will do so again and again. :evil:
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DWP left a woman so starved she got an illness usually seen in concentration camp. 09 Oct 2018 22:32 #10466

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There was a similar story on Radio 4's PM on Monday. A concerned neighbour checked on a starving UC claimant.. She had gone down to five stone and needed an ambulance. Claimed UC but got no money:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000nms

Tomorrow (Wednesday) they hope to interview Esther McVeigh.
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