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Can WCA cause permanent mental health damage? 29 Mar 2017 09:27 #312

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Originally posted by Surplus Labour (2017)

Now a study suggests DWP assessments are causing permanent mental health damage

A study has found that fit-to-work tests administered to people with mental health concerns may be causing permanent damage. The sample size of the study was small. The researchers interviewed 37 people: 30 of whom had undergone assessment. But the findings reflect testimonies provided to The Canary regarding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ‘kill yourself’ scandal. Notably, people’s concern that assessments were making them feel worse.

Permanent damage

Researchers interviewed people with existing mental health problems who had undergone the assessments. They also interviewed advocacy workers with experience of the tests. Participants in the study claimed a lack of mental health expertise from assessors. They also claimed that advice from their assessors conflicted with the advice of their doctors. And some even reported having panic attacks during assessments. The study ultimately found that:

"Our research has reinforced the fact that people with mental health problems face more stigma and discrimination than those with physical health conditions and that this discrimination is built into the [work capability assessment]"

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