‘Fit to work’ man rushed to hospital

Benefit tales

A MAN who was declared fit for work and taken off incapacity benefit was rushed into hospital a month after the decision.

John Whitelaw, aged 62, of Whalley Road, Whitefield, says the Atos Healthcare assessment which decided his eligibility for incapacity benefit was not carried out correctly and omitted key symptoms.

He says he told the assessor of his symptoms on May 3, including depression, dizziness, breathlessness, and lethargy, in addition to a ischemic heart disease.

Mr Whitelaw was admitted to Fairfield Hospital, Bury, on June 2 after collapsing at home with a low blood pressure. He is now recovering after having two bleeds in his stomach clipped.


Mr Whitelaw previously suffered a heart attack at the wheel while working as a bus driver in 2005 and had retired on a company pension.

He said: “How could they make such a mistake and pronounce me fit for work and…

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We originally set out to advocate and campaign for and on behalf of people living with HIV in Greater Manchester. But we chose to slightly change our name by adding beyond. Therefore our name is Greater Manchester & Beyond of People Living With HIV & AIDS. Cause there are many issues that affects people living with HIV we now look ate other health and social care issues that will affect people living with HIV in their everyday lives. For the purpose of this site we have chosen a strap-line name hence our user name here - this is of course "thepositivevoice". The reason for this is often the issues that affect us can be quite daunting and discriminatory to our very existence. So whatever negative we hear and see - we endeavour to turn that into a positive. There are many examples where a negative has turned into a positive and one of those example is the term "Queer" - well that is also quite interesting as some people in the lesbian and gay community don't like that very word - some have decided to own it. Therefore any person that calls another person (the example here) queer - some gay people will reply yes we are. As time moves on and I as the author of this blog - information will be never-ending. So watch this space.
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