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Esther McVey - disability expert? I think not!

The Minister for Disabled People, Ms Esther McVey, has once again shown just how ignorant she is about disability and in particular mental health issues.

A disabled friend of mine wrote to Ms McVey expressing her concerns about a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) planned for her partner who has been diagnosed with paranoid psychosis. McVey suggested that he'll be fine because "where a claimant lacks insight into their condition or the challenges they face, a companion can come with them to the assignment and talk about them instead!

My friend comments: "I'm sure that knowing other people can see his limitations where he doesn't, and are talking about him to a complete stranger, will really help with the paranoia, anxiety and lack of self confidence."

She adds: "McVey has no idea of the subtleties and complexities of Mental Health issues. She also suggests in her letter to me that if a doctor states that it would be damaging for my partner to attend, then they won't need to do a face to face assessment. I can imagine the conversation with the doc beforehand (if I could come up with a persuasive reason for him to go in the first place).

Dr: how are you feeling?

My partner: fine thanks.

Doc: what do you think about going to this Work Capability Assessment?

Partner: I'm sure I'll do ok.

Doc: that's great then. Bye.

"It all reminds me of a Simpson's episode where a self-help guru is promoting a book called 'Get confident, stupid!"

 

For a pictorial account of this monumental failure of understanding, you can go to the Criptarts cartoon strip by clicking here

Posted by Dave Lupton, 10 July 2013

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 10 July 2013