Archive for May, 2013

In Solidarity!

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

Via Paul Jenkins @ Rethink Mental Illness

Three judges today confirmed what campaigners have been shouting from the rooftops for years – the benefits test used to decide whether people are fit for work, actively discriminates against people with mental illness.

This is a huge victory for everyone who has been subjected to the cruel and unfair Work Capability Assessment(WCA), which is used to decide who is fit for work.

Read more about our new campaign – Unfair WCA

The WCA is riddled with problems but this judicial review focussed on one specific issue – that of gathering supporting evidence. Under the current system, no matter how ill or even delusional you may be, you are responsible for proactively gathering your own medical evidence and sending it to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). If you fail to do this, it simply won’t be looked at.

This means…

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Two win sickness benefit test legal challenge

Posted: May 30, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

Via The BBC

Two people with mental health problems have won a legal challenge against the government tests for sickness benefit.

Judges at the Upper Tribunal ruled the Work Capability Assessment puts people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties at a substantial disadvantage.

The process is too difficult for many to navigate, a court heard.

The Department for Work and Pensions says there are safeguards in place and it will appeal against the ruling.

Work Capability Assessment (WCA) tests, which measure a person’s entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by determining whether they are fit for employment, were introduced in 2008 and are carried out on behalf of the government.

The claimants alleged the system discriminated against them but the judges have asked to see further evidence before it can make a decision on this.

‘Significant improvements’

The court was told people who have conditions that mean they…

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How not to miss – subarachnoid haemorrhage

Posted: May 30, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

In Solidarity!

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

By Professor Tim Harris  professor in emergency medicine, Queen’s Mary University London and Bart’s Health NHS Trust.

Mr David Sayer is specialist registrar in neurosurgery, Queen’s Hospital, Romford


Professor in emergency medicine, Tim Harris, and specialist registrar in neurosurgery Mr David Sayer discuss the signs and the pitfalls in diagnosing subarachnoid haemorrhage


hemorrhagic_250wWorst outcomes if missed

SAH is a devastating disease with a mortality of 45% and from which 30% of the survivors will have severe disability.3 The chance of an aneurysm which has had a small rupture, having a further bleed is approximately 1.5% per day for the first two weeks. Early treatment with either surgery or angiographic coiling aims to prevent further bleeding and serious neurological damage, thus early diagnosis is important.

The worse outcome is death or disability following a re-bleed in a well patient. The patient who has a grade 1 SAH…

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‘Benefit cap’ Judicial review in the High Court

Posted: May 30, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

Four vulnerable families have today issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, challenging the ‘benefit cap.’  The benefit cap policy has been imposed in four local authority areas since 15 April 2013 (including Haringey, where one of these families live) and will be rolled out across the country over the summer.  All affected households across the country are due to be capped by 30 September 2013.

The policy involves the ‘capping’ of total household benefits payable to families who do not work sufficient hours to receive Working Tax Credits (usually 16 or 35 hours per week).  The cap is set at £500 per week per household for couples or lone parents (it is £350 per week for single adults).  The Government estimates that it will impact on 56,000 households in the first year alone.  Benefits which are…

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In Solidarity!

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

From: The Word
These are scary times we are living in. Over the weekend, the spectre of ’80s political tension has rematerialised with rioting Millwall fans and Thatcher death-parties in Trafalgar Square.


The economy, and in particular the deregulated banking sector, is making headlines too, with fears that Britain could become either another Greece (total financial chaos – remember Northern Rock?) or another China (totalitarian state), depending on your point of view. Whichever way you look at it, George Osbourne is the most unpopular MP in nearly 10 years.

The welfare reforms are more than just benefit cuts. We are part of the estimated 3.7 million deaf and disabled people set to lose a total of £28 billion over the next five years; a whopping £757 per person, and that’s just the start. The cuts are an attack on everything to do with our well being: our health…

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Nadine Dorries MP what a disgrace

Posted: May 30, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

Nadine Dorries MP, contestant in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of HereIf  you wanted concrete proof that MP’s in their capacity as ministers for parliament working for us “The British Taxpayers well here it is.

One Nadine Dorries MP who should be voting in our best interests on what she believes to be what is right and just for us the people has done exactly the opposite.

The article is here:

On the rebel EU Vote she did not vote on what she though was right but merely voted to have a stab at the Prime Minister for taking away the whip for 6 months because once again she decided to put her pocket before her constituents who voted her into office and go flying to australia for I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

nadine dorries

We can safely say:

Nadine Dorris you are a disgrace and have shown concretely what we all knew that MP’s are in office for there own gain and not…

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Bleesed be the angels. May the Lord keep you safe in his warm embrace, sending prayers to your dear family. May your rest in peace. One day this Conden-nation will have stand before the Lord. How can you sleep at night. 😦