Universal Credit horror stories: ‘Benefit’ may be contributing to hospital bed-blocking

A motorcyclist who lost his leg and almost died in a horrific crash was told he was “not ill enough” to warrant a hospital visit to set up the benefits payments needed for him to return home.

Doctors said Steve Cruickshank was “lucky to be alive” after a collision between his Honda Firestorm and a van in the Guild Street area of Aberdeen in July.

He has been recovering in hospital since, as he suffered several serious injuries and had his right leg amputated.

But the ordeal was worsened following a string of delays in arranging the Universal Credit benefit payments he needs to adapt his property.

As the situation wore on he feared becoming a bed-blocker at Woodend Hospital, where he is receiving physiotherapy in the hopes of getting out next month with a prosthetic limb.

Read on: Amputee fears becoming hospital bed-blocker over benefits blunders | Press and Journal

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