This supports what This Blog has been suggesting for the past few days – that to understand the cause of incapacity benefit-related deaths we need to check for major changes that would have affected the deceased during their last days and weeks.
Cathie Wood whose brother Mark died four months after being found ‘fit to work’, said: “The DWP know they are killing people.”
“There are some prices to be paid for these austerity cuts and it’s important we know what those prices are and they are individual people who have died.”
Ms Wood believes that it was her brother’s benefits being stopped which caused his eating disorder and food phobia to suddenly worsen in the months before his death.
“Why would he go from being underweight and not in great shape to dying … during that period? It’s because he gradually realised [in] April, May [and] June [that] he was in trouble and had no money.”
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