Diabetic man left too poor to eat after benefits cut forced to have leg amputated | Welfare Weekly

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

The lowest part of this whole diabolical indictment against the Department for Work and Pensions under the Conservative Party is the fact that, at some point, this gentleman will have to undergo a Work Capability Assessment.

And, knowing how these things go, it seems very likely he’ll be asked the following boneheadedly stupid question by a man or woman whose DWP-sponsored credentials state they are a “medical professional”:

“How long until it grows back?”

Thank goodness sanity has returned to the Labour Party, and it will cancel the Work Capability Assessment when returned to government (hopefully in 2020 or sooner).

A diabetic man left virtually penniless after being sanctioned for five months by the Department for Work and Pensions, claims his leg had to be amputated after his health deteriorated.

David Boyce, 59, from Weaste, was left without enough money to meet his basic health needs and even had to sell his belongings. But David says he still couldn’t afford to eat healthily, which is an essential part of the management and treatment for diabetes.

David was a photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to give up his work because of ill-health. A dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over “issues with paperwork” led to David’s benefits being sanctioned fourteen times.

However, it’s clear that the sanctions happened because of a flawed decision-making process on the part of the DWP, as he later won an appeal which successfully overturned every sanction, with support from Salford’s Unemployed and Community Resource Centre. He was eventually awarded the money that had been wrongfully withheld from him.

The government have claimed that benefit sanctions are an “incentive” to “help” people like David into work. However, David has been pushed even further away from the job market, because he now has been left with a greater degree of disability: horrifically, the sanctions have cost him his leg.

David said that by July, complications from diabetes had already caused irreversible damage. His health deteriorated because he had no money to live on: he couldn’t control his insulin intake and was unable to follow his strict diabetic diet.

Subsequently he suffered diabetic ulcers and was diagnosed with the flesh-eating infection, necrotizing fasciitis, and doctors were forced to amputate one of his legs.

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3 thoughts on “Diabetic man left too poor to eat after benefits cut forced to have leg amputated | Welfare Weekly

  1. Jonno Raab

    The DM and their manager should face charges for abuse of office or even ABH for the violation of this mans human right to manage his medicine. Especially as he is not the first diabetic to suffer harm caused by the action of the DWP.
    I was forced to interrupt my medical treatment by the DWP as I could not have carried out their unreasonable demands while still on it. This will have shortened my life but as I cannot know how much until I’m dead means I can’t apportion blame and seek compensation. Any decision that prevents people from following medical advice is surely a human rights issue but if you make a complaint in that basis the DWP say all of their policies are checked to ensure that they do not break any discrimination laws or human rights issues and therefore they will not escalate your complaint as you have nothing to complain about.

  2. Dez

    Why would anyone risk life and limb to want to come to this Country with this sort
    of treatment being dealt upon those vulnerable folk who need help.

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