Most cancers affected person ‘felt she needed to show she was unwell time and again’ to get PIP assist

Most cancers affected person ‘felt she needed to show she was unwell time and again’ to get PIP assist

Allison was recognized with breast most cancers in 2011, earlier than discovering out she had cervical most cancers in 2018. She says going via the method of making use of for Private Independence Funds (PIP) has added to her trauma.When 55-year-old Allison was first recognized with most cancers greater than 10 years in the past, she initially returned to work part-time.But it surely wasn’t lengthy earlier than her sickness meant she was taking a lot break day for hospital appointments that she needed to end work fully.Sadly, what she then skilled was “drawback after drawback” when it got here to claiming state advantages.Allison mentioned: “My expertise with the Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) versus the well being assessors has been terrible and ongoing for years, they’ve left me damaged each bodily and mentally.”READ MORE: Sunak’s stealth tax to go away hard-working Britons £430 worse-offThat equals 4 in each 5 (83 p.c) of most cancers sufferers who expertise some type of destructive influence on their funds following a prognosis.The pandemic has solely made issues worse with the Macmillan Most cancers Assist cellphone strains inundated with callers who’re struggling.Minesh Patel, head of coverage at Macmillan Most cancers Assist, mentioned the Authorities must act, quick.She mentioned: “At a time when individuals with most cancers needs to be specializing in their well being, many are confronted with a protracted wait to obtain the advantages they want.”Ms Patel continued: “On daily basis we’re listening to from individuals battling the additional prices their most cancers prognosis can deliver, usually exacerbated by the pandemic.“It’s vital that the Authorities takes steps to cut back the delays within the system and ensures most cancers sufferers can shortly entry very important monetary assist they’re entitled to.”The Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) mentioned: “Sadly we weren’t supplied with the mandatory info to look into this case.“We assist hundreds of thousands of individuals yearly, and our precedence is guaranteeing they obtain the advantages to which they’re entitled whereas offering a compassionate {and professional} service.”They continued: “We’re exploring what extra we are able to achieve this the welfare system higher meets the wants of disabled individuals via our Well being and Incapacity Inexperienced Paper.”  That shall be little comfort to Allison who says she remains to be shaken up from her expertise.Macmillan offers assist to most cancers sufferers like Allison offering them with an entire vary of recommendation together with assist with cash issues.A helpful information with extra assist and steering might be discovered on the Macmillan Most cancers assist web site.

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