You quote the Social Security Secretary, Mr Alistair Darling, as saying that his proposals would provide more help for those in greatest need ("Benefits rebels spurn Darling's new concession", 2 November). On the basis of these two patients, I regard this statement with considerable scepticism.
I would not expect the bureaucrats in the benefits office to know the difference between profound brain damage and minor disability, but in neither case did it appear that there had been any attempt to seek medical advice.
As so often, it was not the patients, clients or carers who were shirking their responsibilities, but the bureaucrats and politicians who are effecting these Dickensian reforms.
Professor MICHAEL KOPELMAN
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
London SE1Reuse content