Crippen hears how severely ill patient ordered to leave hospital to attend Job Centre

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A coroner has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make urgent policy changes after it ordered a disabled patient to leave hospital to visit a Job Centre, despite being severely ill with a condition that later killed him.

Terence Talbot was being treated for drug hypersensitivity syndrome, while also being detained under the Mental Health Act, because of a rare reaction to medication that had been prescribed for his mental illness. Staff at the hospital told Disability News Service (DNS) that the severe allergic reaction had left him “very vulnerable to infection”, but DWP refused to allow him to submit a claim for benefits electronically. Instead, he was told to leave the hospital and attend his local Job Centre in person.

He later died in Maidstone Hospital aged 58, from multi-organ failure caused by the lung conditions pneumonia and empyema, which themselves were caused by drug…

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