- Aug 19, 2003
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But should he have had his benefits stopped? I agree that this case has other aspects.“...he'd had a history of depression.
His GP and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust agreed to have him sectioned in 2015, but he returned home to Pine View flats, Radford after a matter of days.
After this he was rarely seen, missing several GP appointments and refusing approaches from mental health teams.
Mr Graham also ignored repeated contact from the DWP and his employment and support allowance (ESA) was stopped in August 2017. This also affected his housing benefit, which ceased on 10 October.
The last official contact was with housing provider Nottingham City Homes, which heard him shouting and punching a door during a visit in February 2018.”
And the daughter-in-law (and presumably at least one son?) who had so much to say at the inquest, what were they doing while dad starved himself to death?
This isn’t as cut and dried as the BBC is making it out to be.
Here's another extreme case:
Benefits for a disabled woman with a rare genetic disorder where she can barely speak, eat or breathe were stopped after the government found her “fit for work”.
Helen Boughen, 33, has been told that despite a number of debilitating health problems that cause tumors all over the body and lead to the loss of her eye, she is not disabled enough. She has had surgery 16 times in the past 16 years – including radical surgery to remove a tumor on her face that had to be rebuilt. Her underlying condition, neurofibromatosis, causes tumors to grow along the nerves and the back of the head, and she has injuries to the brain and spine.
She has difficulty speaking, eating and breathing and has no feeling on one side of her face because the bones in her head are so weakened by the stressful radiation therapy.
Three metal pins hold her false eye in place and her hips are weak as the surgeons removed most of the bones and muscles there to rebuild the face.