A benefits assessor working for the outsourcing co

first_imgA benefits assessor working for the outsourcing company Capita repeatedly “lied” in her report, after carrying out a face-to-face assessment of a disabled nurse which was observed by her husband, a retired GP.The disabled woman and her husband have asked not to be named – so their claims have not been put to Capita or the Department for Work and Pensions – but they have provided proof to Disability News Service (DNS) that they are both on their respective professional registers.They believe the behaviour of the Capita assessor, herself a registered nurse, makes her unfit to remain in her profession.Although DNS has received a string of credible reports from disabled people who say their benefits assessors lied in reports written after face-to-face medical assessments, this account is particularly credible because the behaviour was witnessed by both a nurse and a doctor.The woman, Mrs A, lodged a complaint with Capita even before she knew the result of the test because she and her husband were so appalled that last month’s assessment at their home in south Wales was so rushed, impersonal and poorly carried out, and ignored key questions.Mrs A, who has significant support needs due to a series of medical conditions, had already had to fight to have her disability living allowance (DLA) restored after it was stopped by DWP when her personal independence payment (PIP) claim form was lost in the post, while “rude and confrontational” staff then refused to provide her with a replacement form.The couple say the assessor made almost no eye contact during the PIP assessment, but spent most of the time typing on her laptop, while she continually interrupted Mrs A as she tried to explain the impact of her impairments on her daily life.Mrs A said that when she and her husband saw the report the assessor had written, their “worst fears were confirmed”.As a result of the report, Mrs A’s previous entitlement to the higher rates of both the mobility and care components of DLA were downgraded under PIP to the standard daily living rate and no entitlement at all to the mobility element. She has now put in a second written complaint, this time about the content of the report and what they say are the assessor’s lies.Both Mrs A and Dr A say they have a duty as healthcare professionals to expose the assessor’s actions.Among their many concerns is that the report stated that there was no evidence that Mrs A was wearing hearing aids, when the briefest of checks would have shown they were in place behind her ears.The report failed to mention her painfully swollen leg, and said that Mrs A refused to stand, when in fact the assessor had recognised she was in too much pain to stand and so did not ask her to do so.Among many other concerns, the report failed to point out that Mrs A was clearly “distressed, in pain and anxious”, and failed to note the forgetfulness and slowness of thought she showed during the assessment.Dr A said the report was “an absolute fabrication”.He said: “The actual examination was laughable. It took a few moments.“My wife couldn’t even stand up… yet somehow she was able to infer that she could walk more than 50 metres but less than 200.“How do you infer that from someone who wasn’t even able to get up out of the chair?“She said she couldn’t see the hearing aids. She didn’t even look to see if the hearing aids were in place. How difficult is it to move a couple of hairs?”He added: “It was appalling. Every single sentence in that report can be torn apart.”Mrs A, who is not able to do clinical nursing work because of her impairment, said she believed the assessor “had an agenda”.She said: “I feel hurt that a nurse, who is also a colleague in a way, would behave in this manner.“Nurses are supposed to act with integrity in all that we do. We know how important recording of information – truthfully – is.”She added: “We feel the nurse is acting dishonestly.“I cannot understand how if you are a nurse you wouldn’t act impartially. I don’t understand how you can be both a nurse and a PIP assessor.“The public rely on the integrity, honesty and openness of nurses. As a nurse myself, this kind of behaviour has to stop.”last_img read more

Maps Bikes

first_img 0% Click here to see the full map.Click here to see a full list of the maps. Tags: Maps – Printable to Guide You Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img We’re publishing a new My Mission Zine in a few weeks – a sort of guide to the neighborhood, filled with thoughts from those who live here as well as maps of resources and local haunts.We’re asking for your help to crowd source and update our maps!Today’s map: Biking in the Mission. Any stores or information that we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments and we will add them.Many thanks!last_img

SAINTS u20s 28 v 30 Castleford Tigers u20s – Somet

first_imgSAINTS u20s 28 v 30 Castleford Tigers u20s – Sometimes life’s not fair and this was definitely one of those occasions for the players and coaching staff of the Saints Reserves.Having battled hard over the past few weeks to get to the play-offs injuries and deserved call-ups to the first team prevented Coach Ian Talbot from fielding his first choice side.However, take nothing away from the 17 players who took the field, 10 of which are still eligible to play for the U18s, they could and possibly should have won today but a penalty three minutes from time put an end to the Reserves season.James Hill opened the scoring diving over in the right corner after full back Greg Wilde had held up the defence before putting him into the space.The Saints dominated the opening quarter but just couldn’t add to the lead. Anthony Walker was forced dead in goal and from the resulting tap a missed tackle in the middle gave the Tigers an easy try.The final quarter was all Cas as the visitors took advantage of the Saints poor ball control to score two further tries. Both came down the Tigers right and both from good work from stand off Brierley feeding his centre Nathaniel to score.It was crucial the Reserves finished on a high and deep into stoppage time they managed to do just that. Stephen Lucas broke through the line only to be stopped short but from the quick play the ball Danny Jones forced his way over. Danny Yates converted to reduce the arrears to 8 at the break.The Tigers went further ahead on their first set of the second half sweeping the ball wide right from a scrum on the left.But the Saints dug deep and took the play to the visitors. Corey Lee was denied a debut try from Jordan Case’s forward pass after Marcus Baines and Yates had broke down the middle.The Tigers couldn’t stay with the increased work rate of the Saints and three repeat sets on their line was more than they could handle. Alex Trumper was held short but Greg Wilde went in at the left corner from the play the ball.Good work down the left from Josh Jones drew the defence over so that when Ben Karalius switched play Joe Greenwood could put Trumper into space for the try.The Tigers were finding it impossible to get to grips with Jones and his work again gave Karalius the space this time to go through himself for the score. Crucially the conversion was missed again leaving the scores level going into the final quarter.The Saints took the lead with 15 to go as Jones finally got his reward. Warren Thompson, back from his stint on loan at Swinton, drove down field and Jones stepped his way under the sticks for the go ahead try.But tiredness after the first half tackling stint began to set in and the completion rate slackened off giving the Tigers a sniff. They took advantage of a knock on on half way scoring down the left.A big effort was required, but despite great try saving tackles from Greg Wilde and a gang tackle on the last the referee saw a ball steal 20 metres out and Cas’s stand off continued his 100% kicking record to break the Saints hearts. So close and yet so far. Despite the best efforts of Man of the Match Josh Jones the Reserves just couldn’t hold on to the lead when it mattered.This will be the first time in four years that the Reserves have not contested the Grand Final, but in a season plagued by injuries and call-ups to players now playing starring roles in the First team this has been as good a season as could be hoped for. Many a team would not have coped at all with what this team has had thrown at them and that should be remembered by all.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Greg Wilde, James Hill, Josh Jones, Ben Karalius, Danny Jones, Alex Trumper.Goals: Danny Yates, Jordan Case.Castleford:Tries: Josh Nathaniel 2, Curtis McDonald, Ben Johnson, Joe Picketts.Goals: Ryan Brierley 5.Half Time: 10-18 Full Time: 28-30Teams:Saints:1. Greg Wilde; 2. James Hill, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Corey Lee; 6. Danny Yates, 7. Ben Karalius; 8. Danny Jones, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Alex Trumper, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Warren Thompson. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Jordan Case, 16. Jordan Hand, 17. Stephen Lucas.Castleford:18. James Clare; 5. Tommy Newbould, 4. Josh Nathaniel, 3. Josh Atkinson, 2. Curtis McDonald; 6. Ryan Brierley, 7. Ben Johnson; 8. Jonny Payne, 9. Tom Carroll, 10. Clarke Thompson, 11. Charlie Martin, 12. Chris Siddons, 13. Joe Picketts. Subs: 14. Casey Canterbury, 15. Dan Fleming, 16. Shaun Richards, 17. Jack Smith.last_img read more

THERE are still tickets remaining for Saturdays Q

first_imgTHERE are still tickets remaining for Saturday’s Quarter Final tie against Wigan at the DW Stadium.The game, which kicks off at 2.30pm, sees the two sides go head to head for the second time this season with a semi final place on the line.Prices are:West: £22 for adults, £16 for juniors and concessionsEast: £20 for adults, £14 for juniors and concessions.You can buy by calling into the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052 until close of business on Friday.You can also buy on the day. For the West Stand head to the DW Ticket Office and there are cash turnstiles on the East Stand.last_img

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League XVIII Round 9 match at Wigan Warriors.Anthony Walker returned to the side in place of the injured Tony Puletua but Jonny Lomax misses out.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 23. Nathan Ashe, 25. Alex Walmsley, 27. Anthony Walker, 30. Mark Percival, 35. Lewis Charnock.Shaun Wane will choose his Wigan side from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Jack Hughes, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith, 9. Michael McIlorum, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 15. Ben Flower, 16. Chris Tuson, 17. Iain Thornley, 21. Scott Taylor, 23. Logan Tomkins, 25. Rhodri Lloyd, 26. Dom Crosby, 29. Greg Burke, 30. Tom Spencer.The game kicks off at 12.15pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Last 10 Meetings:Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)St Helens 16, Wigan 16 (SLR1, 12/2/11) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)Super League Summary:Wigan won 29 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)St Helens won 27 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)4 drawsUps and Downs:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)ADE GARDNER needs four tries to reach 200 career touchdowns.His total of 196 has been scored as follows: 170 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003).He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints away trip to Castleford Tigers

first_imgTICKETS for Saints away trip to Castleford Tigers on Sunday July 7 are still on sale.The match kicks off at 3.30pm.They are priced at Adult – £19, Concession (60+, Students with NUS card, Juniors) – £11 with Juniors (under 5s) free.Prices go up £2 on matchday and an upgrade to seating is £3.Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST collect a voucher 48 hours in advance of matchday or they will NOT be allowed entry to the Wish Communications Stadium. Tickets cannot be exchanged on matchday.To buy call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img

Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4pmTurnstil

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5:15pm.Academy Championship – The 19s take on their London counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Bucket Collection – Representatives from Prostrate Cancer UK will be collecting in and around the ground. Bring your loose change!Half Time –See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Fleet Dynamic with O2 Business Centre Rainford sponsoring the Matchball. Elcons are tonight’s Corporate sponsor.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West and Totally Wicked North Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 5pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off. It will close 45 minutes after the final whistle.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this evening’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Morgan Knowles! Is he enjoying life in his fourth season at the club?last_img read more

NHSO Parent arrested after bringing gun to Ogden Elementary

first_img ​Lt. Brewer said someone on campus saw Sutton with the gun as she was dropping off her kids.Sutton was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds.Lt. Brewer would not confirm if Sutton had a legal concealed carry license or not. OGDEN, NC (WWAY) — A woman was arrested after she brought a gun on school property in New Hanover County.Lieutenant Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said Scenia Sutton was found with a gun on her at Ogden Elementary Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – last_img

International credit card ring busted in Bladen County

first_imgOlinto Useche-Salazar and Edgar Gabriel Useche (Photo: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies captured two men traveling on Venezuelan passports last week as investigators say they were using cloned credit cards to withdraw money from an ATM in Clarkton.Sheriff James McVicker said they got a call from the security department of the State Employees Credit Union last Thursday alerting them to the two men at the Cash Points ATM in Clarkton withdrawing money with fraudulent credit cards. The bank was tracking the men as they used the ATMs.- Advertisement – Investigators say they had withdrawn money from another Cash Points in Southport earlier in the day, but got away before law enforcement officers could get there.A Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy in Clarkton caught the two men in the process of withdrawing money.Related Article: 3 arrested, 5,700 bags seized in New Hanover County drug bustMcVicker said the men had more than 326 magnetic cards already cloned and were using them to withdraw cash from the ATM machines. During the investigation deputies seized a card skimming device and four laptops.“The difficult part of cases like this is they are international in scope,” said McVicker. “In this particular case all the cloned cards being used were from European countries. We have identified victims from several countries. Many times we will have Bladen County residents who call us and say their credit card was used in another country or state either to withdraw cash or pay for an online purchase or hotel room. We do not have the local resources to investigate these cases. We have reached out to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service to assist us in this case. What we have uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg.”Edgar Gabriel Useche, 28, and Olinto Useche-Salazar 38, of Venezuela were arrested. Both men were placed in Bladen County Jail under a $1 million bond.Both men had visas to enter the country and had been here since June. McVicker said his investigators know the two men have traveled from Miami to Chicago and back on at least one occasion.The men were staying in a hotel in Conway, SC. Investigators went to Conway and executed a search warrant on their hotel room. Investigators says the found four laptops, a card skimming device, notebooks, ledgers, more than $7,000 in US currency and more than  $30,000 in foreign currency.Edgar Useche listed his occupation as a Chemical Engineer and Olinto Useche-Salazar listed his occupation as an attorney.“We expect to be making additional state charges in the coming days and we believe there will also be federal charges before this case is concluded,” said McVicker.last_img read more

UPDATE Tabor City teen found in Florida

first_imgMissing Tabor City teen Thomas Taylor found alive and well in Florida TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City teen reported missing Thursday has been found alive and well.According to Tabor City Police, Thomas Taylor, 16, was located in Yulee, Florida.- Advertisement – Taylor was reported in taking his mothers white Chevy Tahoe from 117 Jernigan Street in Tabor City Wednesday.When he did not return, he was listed as a missing person.Ashley Fitzwater, another Tabor City teen reported missing, has not been located at this time.last_img