ESA and Mental Health

Carerwatch have made a submission to the Compass policy competition at http://www.howtoliveinthe21stcentury.org.uk/   If you want to support this campaign to get a better deal under ESA for people with severe and enduring mental illness then please go to the link and post  a...

Welfare Reforms and Mental Health

The Mental Health Group at CarerWatch launch a campaign to get Mr Purnell to change his proposed welfare reforms to provide a supportive system to help those people diagnosed with enduring severe mental illness. Nobody diagnosed with enduring severe mental illness should be subject to ‘conditionality’. Conditionality is another name for institutional bullying. Mr Purnell may think this is appropriate for many people but the CarerWatch Mental Health Group say it is not appropriate or acceptable for the severely mentally ill.    It’s a mystery why ‘health professionals’ at the Department of Works and Pensions are going to be second guessing the diagnoses already made by the doctors and psychiatrists in the NHS. Sick people have to attend for interview and try and get the diagnosis given to them by the doctors in the NHS accepted by officials at the Job Centre. Why? It takes months and lots of tests to get the diagnosis and this process can’t be replicated at the Job Centre. If the diagnosis is wrong then presumably the treatment is wrong and there is a lot more to worry about than getting a job. If the Department of Works and Pensions is concerned that the NHS isn’t correctly diagnosing illness then it’s very plucky but a touch misguided to set up alternative diagnostic systems at the Job Centres. Surely the Department of Health should be sorting this out. Anyone already diagnosed with enduring severe mental illness and taking incredibly expensive medication paid for by the NHS should be accepted by NewLabour as ill – not asked to turn up and prove it to Newlabour. Often it’s taken years of working...