Sunday, May 19, 2024

Disabled activists say Jackie Doyle-Price could be ‘legally compromised’ over silence on ESA risk

DISABLED activists say the new “minister for suicide prevention” could leave herself “legally compromised” by her continuing failure to promise to warn local agencies that claimants of out-of-work disability benefits face a higher risk of taking their own lives.

Jackie Doyle-Price refused again this week to pledge to take the simple step of highlighting that claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) are a high-risk group, in the government’s suicide prevention strategy for England.

Jackie Doyle Price

Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last December how NHS Digital’s Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey showed more than 43 per cent of ESA claimants had said (when asked in 2014) that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives, compared with less than seven per cent of adults who were not claiming ESA.

Doyle-Price, the minister for mental health, had “minister for suicide prevention” added to her job title earlier this month, with prime minister Theresa May claiming she wanted to “prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives”.

But the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) this week described the appointment of a suicide prevention minister as a “cynical PR stunt”.

The full article can be read here.


  1. It’s great that JD-P has been given a second job that she’s not willing or able to do. She has no interest in mental health or respect for people suffering with mental ill-health and she likewise has no interest in preventing suicide or sympathy for anyone who has or is at risk of attempting or succeeding in suicide.

    Actually, I suppose that makes three jobs that she’s not willing or able to do because she can’t even do her primary job as Thurrock’s MP either as she routinely ignores local residents’ concerns on things like the Lower Thames Crossing.

    Wow, what a star JD-P is!

  2. I think the government will give Dignitas the contract for Suicide policy.

    The government are handing a loaded gun to suicidal people and then saying afterwards how shocking how sad we didnt pull the trigger.

    Atleast Adolf Hitler was honest about what he was doing to disabled people.

  3. TGDH

    I never know how to interpret some of your posts so I would like you to expand on the topic on this subject?

    Before I reply to it. as I don’t want to miss interpret what you mean.


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