“Former DWP ministers could face police investigation over fit-to-work tests” + BOURNEMOUTH SURGERY FAILING PATIENTS + WAGING WAR ON THE SICK AND DISABLED + more

Former DWP ministers could face police investigation over fit-to-work tests
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A complaint was made against Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling    Monday 9 May 2016  Jon Stone @joncstone
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Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith Getty  
      

Police in Scotland are assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation into two former DWP ministers’ handling of so-called disability fit-to-work tests.

Disabled activist John McArdle of the Black Triangle campaign lodged a complaint with police in March against Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling, according to the Disability News Service news agency.

He told police in Edinburgh that the two ministers had ignored a coronor’s concerns about the safety of the tests, which are used to judge whether a disabled person receives benefits.

He also produced evidence of suicides he said were related to fitness-to-work tests.

Mr McArdle says the ministers may be guilty of “willful neglect of duty by a public official”, which is a criminal offence.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, willful neglect “can be the result of a positive act or a failure to act”.

“There must also be an element of knowledge or at least recklessness about the way in which the duty is carried out or neglected,” the CPS explains.

“The test is a subjective one and the public officer must be aware that his/her behaviour is capable of being misconduct.”

 

1/16 above pic:  “One case where the claimant’s wife went into premature labour and had to go to hospital. This caused the claimant to miss an appointment. No leeway given” see more shocking pics: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-police-assessing-possible-investigation-into-dwp-ministers-over-fit-to-work-tests-a7020471.html#gallery

  • A spokesperson for Police Scotland told the Disability News Service: “Police in Edinburgh received a report of misconduct in public office on 23 March 2016.

“The individual who made the complaint has been spoken to and we are awaiting further information to assess this matter and establish what actions are required.”

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has reportedly written to the chief constable of Police Scotland asking to be kept informed of any investigation.

 
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 above video: Angus Robertson questions David Cameron on DWP benefit fraud investigators
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Campaigners have long accused the DWP’s fit-to-work tests of causing deaths and have pointed to a number of suicides that took place in light of sanctions.The Department for Work and Pensions said it would not comment on a police matter

“It is important we make sure that people are receiving the right support, and they are not simply written off to a life on benefits,” a spokesperson said.

The Work Capability Assessment has been improved dramatically since 2008 following a number of reviews, including five independent ones.”

  • Read more:

DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals, internal documents reveal

If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants’ suicides, everything could change

DWP could be forced to publish secret details of benefit claimant suicides

source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-police-assessing-possible-investigation-into-dwp-ministers-over-fit-to-work-tests-a7020471.html

above: “Bournemouth Echo” 08/05/16 

FAILING: Northbourne Surgery has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission
FAILING: Northbourne Surgery has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission

8 May 16 / Will Frampton /

 A GP practice has been placed in special measures after inspectors found it was failing its patients

   Northbourne Surgery has been rated ‘inadequate’ after a visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March this year identified serious failings in its care for the elderly, people with long-term conditions, young people and families and people with mental health problems including dementia. 

   The report said “safety of care for older patients was not a priority” at the practice – based in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth – which was also not recording health ‘outcomes’ for elderly patients unable to attend health checks.

Staff were not “aware of their responsibilities” in passing on concerns about vulnerable children and adults who might be suffering abuse.

Also, the report said the practice was “unable to identify patients experiencing poor mental health or those with dementia”. 

Under ‘special measures’ the CQC will conduct a follow up inspection in six months. If no improvement is made the commission can cancel the surgery’s registration.

Ruth Rankine, chief inspector of general practice, said: “During our inspection we saw that staff were caring and treated patients with compassion, dignity and respect. However, we also found that care and treatment was not always delivered in line with best practice.

“We have found significant areas of concern, which is why we are placing the practice into special measures – so opening the way for the practice to receive support from NHS England among others.” 

Surveys showed the practice was in line with national averages for patient satisfaction.

However working age patients expressed dissatisfaction about inflexibility in its appointment system.

Other issues identified by the CQC were a lack of “timely” action to identify abnormal results after investigations, a shortfall in infection control procedures and a failure to show staff were approved to give vaccines.

source:  http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14477571.GP_practice____failing_its_patients_____surgery_rated_inadequate_by_CQC/?ref=ebmpn

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