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Thursday, 24 January 2013

WCA Deaths

Views over the rights and wrongs of capital punishment are mixed, but there is far greater consensus over the fact that the two risks of error are not even-sided – killing someone wrongly, albeit inadvertently wrongly, is totally unacceptable and if the consequence is that occasionally a guilty person slips through the net, so be it.

So why is this view not mirrored with the Work Capability Assessment (#WCA) when it is well known that erroneous fit-for-work (FFW) decisions have been at least a contributing factor in the deaths of well over 1,000 people?

Not once have successive Governments even undertaken a risk analysis (or so they tell us) to consider the consequences of a wrong FFW assessments, the only legitimate basis for which would be that they could demonstrate the risk was genuinely non-existent.

They may have been unbelievably naive at the outset, but cannot fall back on this excuse after 4 years. They know of course that such an analysis would have to be published and they would be vilified for ignoring the results, so better not to do one at all. This in turn can only mean that they do not care, that the end justifies the means and that the collateral damage along the way, however severe, is the price “one” has to pay. NO Government has this remit, no matter how well mandated & democratic it claims to be.

If the Goverment thinks this is an unfair summary of their position, they simply need to perform the risk analysis.  There is no arguement for not doing so. 


Debra Green said...

This is so right and makes me so angry. I am meeting my MP soon and this is top of my agenda with him, that and the fact that he has never responded to any of my emails!

Tia Junior said...

Good luck with your MP, but you are likely to come away even more angry, especially if he/she is Tory. Not replying to emails is pretty much par for the course if the subject matter is or no real interest or an embarrassment. If it continues, you might try a bit of pressure through their local party HQ – just pointing out how disappointed you are that you cannot get a reply direct rather than raising a formal complaint. You might of course find that they are no more responsive/interested.

The fact that there is very little noise from the Opposition does not bode well and it is not even on UKIP’s agenda!