Cancer patient faces tests on fitness to work


“As Citizens Advice Scotland disclosed 70% of its appeals against “fit to work” judgments are successful, Stefan Morkis talked to one man who must constantly prove he is too unwell to work.

Gavin Herbert (41) from Glenrothes had part of his left lung removed in June after being diagnosed with cancer. There is still a tumour in his right lung and the former postman also suffers from emphysema.

His next medical to ensure he is not fit enough to work takes place on Saturday.

Amazingly, the people who refused him Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are the same medical advisors which told Royal Mail he was no longer fit for his duties.

He said, “It was the same medical advisors for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that said I was unfit for work at Royal Mail, but when I tried to get ESA I was told I was fit for work.”” …

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