This article reminds me of my husband’s best friend who was hounded by ATOS – from his hospital bed, he never left the hospital.
Furious daughter handed over mother’s ashes to benefits doctor to prove she isn’t fit to work
Hatti Broxton, 28, told the Department for Work and Pensions her dinner lady mum Louise had died in 2017 but bungling bosses still sent a doctor to assess if she was ‘fit to work’
Hatti Broxton, 28, told the Department for Work and Pensions last August her dinner lady mum Louise had died of lung cancer aged 47. She gave the Department for Work and Pensions concrete proof her mum Louise was unable to work – her ashes
After initially saying the information had been placed on file they sent the doctor to assess if Louise was “fit to work”.
Fuming prison worker Hatti, of Wolverhampton, said last night :”His first words were ‘Hi, are you Louise?. “I was stunned and said I wasn’t but invited him in and said:’Hang on a minute I’ll go and get her’. “I walked over to the mantle piece in the lounge where we keep mum’s remains in an an urn decorated with a rose.
The benefits doctor was forced to apology after Hatti went to fetch her mum on his request and returned with an urn holding her ashes. “I handed it to him and said ‘This is the Louise Broxton you’ve come to see. She died in August like I told your office at the time.’
“The doctor’s face was a picture and he just said ‘Oh my God” and apologised profusely “I know it wasn’t his fault but I told him I had gone through all the correct channels to report my mother’s passing and his visit was very upsetting. “He admitted he hadn’t even been through mum’s medical records which would have said quite clearly at the end – deceased.
“Ten minutes after the doctor left I got a frantic call from the DWP office to say they had made a mistake and they wanted to hold their hands up and sincerely apologise.”
After Hatti informed the DWP her mum had died of lung cancer, she received a letter notifying the family of their assessment visit