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...experts from the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool found that the introduction of Iain Duncan Smith’s tougher fit-to-work tests for sick and disabled people have coincided with 590 “additional” suicides, 279,000 cases of mental ill health and 725,000 more prescriptions for antidepressants.
‘First, do no harm’: are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study
...Conclusions The programme of reassessing people on disability benefits using the Work Capability Assessment was independently associated with an increase in suicides, self-reported mental health problems and antidepressant prescribing. This policy may have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits.