Heart attacks dad left ‘suicidal’ after being refused disability benefit FIVE times

Hugh Trainer says he can’t even afford to buy food because he had to stop working after suffering several heart attacks since 2009.

Hugh Trainer says he can’t even afford to buy food because he had to stop working after suffering several heart attacks since 2009.

A dad with a debilitating heart condition has been left with “suicidal thoughts” after being refused a disability benefit five times.

Hugh Trainer, 49, has had several heart attacks since 2009, including one last August, and he is unable to walk even a short distance without becoming breathless.

Until two years ago, Hugh worked in security but he lost his job because of his illness.

 

He gets employment and support allowance of about £500 a month but has repeatedly been refused personal independence payment (PIP), which is designed to help with the extra costs of living with a long-term illness or disability.

Hugh said that at times, he can’t afford to eat after feeding his 14-year-old son Sandy.

He added: “Money is really tight. I usually just eat anything Sandy leaves. I can’t afford to eat properly myself.

“I worry I will lose my house.”

The struggle to make ends meet has left Hugh with depression and anxiety and he is under the care of a mental health team.

Hugh, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire, added: “I applied for PIP about two years ago but they failed me because they judged I could live day to day, even though they know I have a serious heart condition.”

Each time he has been refused PIP, he has appealed unsuccessfully.

 

Hugh, who who has a bicuspid aortic valve – a birth defect – said doctors have told him he needs surgery to have a mechanical valve inserted. In the meantime, he worries about having another heart attack.

Hugh’s local MSP Tom Arthur said: “This is another example of the devastating impact this brutal Tory welfare regime can have.”

The Department for Work and Pensions said: “PIP assessments are carried out by qualified health professionals and decisions are made following consideration of all the information provided, including supporting evidence from someone’s GP or medical specialist.”

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/heart-attacks-dad-left-suicidal-13948469

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