Fit-to-work Tests to cause Permanent Damage

4 April 2017

Tests revealed to potentially induce mental conditions and suicidal thoughts.

A concerning analysis on DWP’s fit-to-work tests has been published: according to a research conducted by academics at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt and Napier universities, the Work Capability Assessment experience “for many, caused a deterioration in people’s mental health which individuals did not recover from”.

According to the report by The Independent, the study also established, through dozens of in-depth interviews of people who had been through the tests, that “in the worst cases, the WCA experience led to thoughts of suicide”. Mental health charities said the interviews’ contents “reflect what we hear from people every day”.