Today or tomorrow, I have to check my GP’s letter to Atos regarding my WCA on 19 December. He is going to repeat the message given to them last February when Atos were told my attendance was likely to be life-threatening. At that time, Atos closed my file and my ESA claim was upheld. In the months since, I have been prescribed antidepressants for my suicidal ideation and was hospitalised again with symptoms of congestive heart failure in September/October 2013. Subsequent tests indicate that my diastolic function has deteriorated further since my heart attack in Nov 12. My high levels of anxiety concerning this WCA will certainly not help matters.
Whilst I have covered these issues more than once in the past, it’s worth noting the changes I will face if this WCA goes ahead and I am required to attend.
Firstly, I will likely fail because I’ve failed every WCA I’ve attended in the past. My illness fails to register on their ‘points’ system. Then, my problems were rooted in mental health issues and, after each failure, I won my case at appeal. The WCA is now publicly recognised as failing ESA recipients with mental health problems – check out the facts for yourself – so I was set up to fail before I even walked in the door. Therefore, my expectations of further pending failure are firmly grounded in reality and supported by the evidence.
Secondly, Atos didn’t have a very good track record with assessing heart patients in early 2012. It would be nice to post up-to-date figures on WCA mortality rates but, guess what, the DWP has stopped collecting or releasing that information. As someone directly impacted by this government policy, I find it deeply disturbing that evidence pointing to lethal consequences is apparently being covered up by the very people who are inflicting these ‘procedures’ on folk like me. To my eye, this points to ‘intent to murder’ – the evasive and irresponsible behaviour of government when the public start dying early due to their social policies suggests that a dramatic increase in mortality is precisely what they want to achieve. For those who think my opinion is overstated or melodramatic, you are invited to consider the following information.
Thirdly, the Atos WCA is not a test at all. It is in exercise made to look like a test. The WCA pass rate is not down to any medical opinion, it’s down to targets – if the pass rate maximum has already been met, the person being assessed will automatically fail because the system requires it. You can find more information on this here.
Finally, there has been a change in the Appeal system. When I fail this WCA – because that’s the way the cards have been stacked – I can appeal. In the past, my appeal went straight to the tribunal and I retained basic ESA until it was heard. The DWP have introduced a new ‘layer’ to this process. If I wish to appeal against a rigged Atos decision, I must now ask for my case to be “reconsidered” by the DWP before I can appeal to the independent panel. During this reconsideration – which is time-unlimited – there will be NO benefit payments at all. ESA is only reinstated once I have failed my reconsideration and have lodged my appeal at tribunal. If I need income to live now, I understand I am supposed to relinquish my claim for ESA and apply for JSA. To apply for JSA I must formally declare I am fit for work, which I am not. Were I to do that, the DWP could quite rightly claim that my JSA application contained false statements which would then support the prejudiced contention that all benefit claimants are cheats. Are you now beginning to understand exactly how this system works?
The more I look at this situation, the more it reminds me of the cruel Nazi shunting from pointless pillar to meaningless post of Jews and other social outcasts during the Third Reich. In a world fixated and dependent for its survival on money, to actively deprive the sick and disabled of any form of such income is to threaten their lives by removing their capacity to survive. It won’t produce more workers, as this government maintains it will, it will produce high mortality statistics instead – the very statistics the government is seeking to hide. When considering government ‘social policy’ towards our sick and disabled, it becomes increasingly hard not to conclude that our deaths are to be regarded as “socially beneficial” because that seems to be the only way to explain government and ministerial behaviour in the matter.
If I attend this next WCA, I will be colluding with this system that, to all intents and purposes, seeks to drive me to my grave. Simply put, I am no longer prepared to do this. If these ‘people’ want me dead, I will deliver them a corpse with my finger pointing at my murderers. This is what I have told my GP and, for the sake of any subsequent inquest into my death – whether ‘natural’ or by suicide – I am repeating what was said in this post. Both my GP and counselor believe me. They also believe I am rational.
I’m about to be harassed, insulted, hounded and otherwise forced through a government system designed to remove not only my honesty and integrity but all means to my current social existence. I’ll lose my income, my home and my life as I know it – and that’s if I live. If other people think that this government ‘offer’ is a ‘life worth living’ then let them live it – I refuse to.
I will not be a part of this monstrosity – it offends me to my very soul.