Motor Neurone Disease sufferers protest against compulsary benefits reassessments

Katherine Johnston (11 March, 2018) Health

People with the terminal disease are being reassessed to receive their employment support allowance

21118Protestors with Motor Neurone Disease demonstrated outside parliament.

People living with terminal Motor Neurone Disease braved last week’s snow to protest against compulsory ‘work capability reassessments’ to receive their benefits.

Lorraine Sheahan, from Bermondsey, whose father died from the illness, joined last Wednesday’s demonstration outside parliament.

She said an estimated 600 people with the disease were being forced to complete reassessments to receive their employment support allowance.

People with incurable Motor Neurone Disease become progressively paralysed until they are unable to speak and even breathe.

She told the News: “From diagnosis, a third of people will die within one year, and over half within two years.

“Not only is the government wasting taxpayers’ money, they are also wasting what little time these people have left.”

Campaigners say the department for work and pensions should be able to verify sufferers’ inability to work through a quick call to their GP or specialist.

The News requested a comment from the department for work and pensions, but at the time of going to press had not received a response.