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Professors’ silence after DWP waters down their guidance on preventing WCA suicides

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Yogi, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Yogi

    Yogi Senior Member

    This is about Peter White of infamous PACE trial.

    A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that have risked the lives of thousands of benefit claimants.

    Disability News Service (DNS) reported last month that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had secretly made major changes that watered-down guidance given to “fitness for work” benefits assessors, and then “lied” about what it had done.

    Ministers appear to have decided that it was worth risking the loss of some lives in order to cut benefits spending and force more disabled people into their discredited back-to-work programmes.


    The previous version of the guidance was written by DWP with “external input” from Professor Peter White, a consultant psychiatrist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and Professor Keith Hawton, director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Suicide Research.

    But their names do not appear in the new, watered-down guidance.

    White has refused to comment on the new guidance, and the risks that it might pose to people in severe mental distress, and instead referred DNS to a named DWP press officer.

    A DWP spokeswoman said later that White “was involved in early discussions about the revised guidance but neither he, nor Hawton, played any subsequent role in its drafting or sign off”.

  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

    Always good to see White being questioned on his DWP work. Thanks for the link.
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  3. Art Vandelay

    Art Vandelay Senior Member

    Adelaide, Australia
    White obviously doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds him.
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  4. Chrisb

    Chrisb Senior Member

    There are rules about this sort of thing , you know. I think it's called "omerta".

    To try to be fair to White, and I don't often say that, there is a possibility that this might in fact reflect quite well on him. It could be that he has refused to participate in or put his name to a reduction in standards and is in some way constrained from commenting. One would have to know more about the details than is ever likely to be publicly available.
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