Report on death of Michael O’Sullivan blames work capability assessment and warns of risk of more such deaths unless DWP takes action
A protest against work capability assessments in 2013. Photograph: Peter Marshall/Demotix/Corbis
A disabled man killed himself as a direct result of being found fit to work by the government’s disability assessors, a coroner has ruled. In a report to the Department for Work and Pensions, the coroner for inner north London demanded it take action to prevent further deaths.
Michael O’Sullivan, a 60-year-old father of two from north London, was moved from employment support on to jobseeker’s allowance despite providing reports from three doctors, including his GP, stating that he had long-term depression and agoraphobia and was unable to work. He killed himself at his home on 24 September 2013.