Thursday, 25 May 2006

Medical Reports On People Claiming Some (UK) Benefits Are Unreliable Or Inaccurate

Claire Williams, owner of Sleepydust, an excellent website about Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalopathy, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, pointed to the following report in her newsletter today.

Almost 80,000 sick and disabled people a year are being wrongly denied benefits, according to a BBC investigation for Radio Five Live. It has emerged that medical reports on people claiming some benefits are unreliable or inaccurate.

(…) "The investigation found that some handwritten medical reports were altered so that the meaning was completely changed, while in other cases a computer-based medical questionnaire produced misleading or nonsensical information."

One report had 20 alterations which affected the claim. That is not error, that can only be deliberate tampering of the outcome so as to avoid paying out.

It is almost heartening to have it confirmed that this goes on and, even in my native country. My situation is that I have no diagnosis and no benefits, but every symptom of Fibromyalgia and a lot of medical history that appears to back this up as a sensible conclusion to draw. However, I also have evidence to suggest my former employers "persuaded" my GP to declare me fit (to avoid expense) and that my medical records have something unjust and negative written on them, which has basically denied me all further medical attention. Worse, is that my family in the UK were completely unsympathetic, firmly believing that I am not ill, because the "expert doctor" said I was not. They treated my comments as "conspiracy theory", lies, or the ramblings of a madwoman: as things, they estimated, did not go on outside of fiction.

This failure to diagnose, sometimes only because it is difficult to do so with these conditions, but also, this report proves, because "it does not suit the budget", which leads to a lack of support, is for many Fibromyalgia sufferers hardest to bear.

Errors block benefits to disabled - Radio 5, May 21 Via: Sleepydust

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