NHS GP Dr MayJay Ali said the man, who is undergoing regular treatment to prolong his life, is among a number of her patients to have lost benefits and been told they have to work on the basis of snapshot assessments which ignore medical realities.
Though his brain tumour condition is incurable and the treatment leaves him tired and with serious side effects, Dr Ali said he was found fit for work and ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) after an assessment.
Richard Vautrey, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, told The Independent.
Clearly the DWP need to look at who is carrying out these assessments and ensure that they have received specific training on this condition, to ensure an effective and fair assessment.” A DWP spokesperson said it could not comment on cases without knowing the individuals involved, but added: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that people get the support they’re entitled to.
Assessments are carried out by qualified healthcare professionals who look at how someone’s disability or health condition impacts them on a day-to-day basis including their functional capability to work for ESA, rather than the condition itself.