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FMA UK Statement on the recent BBC Panorama documentary

Regarding the disturbing panorama programme last night – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000g6rz/panorama-the-million-pound-disability-payout

FMA UK have worked to improve training content that people working at the DWP use when considering people that are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Therefore, we are shocked, dismayed and angry that there appears to be a culture of intolerance towards people with disabilities and specifically fibromyalgia. It certainly explains some of the stories that we receive on our helplines about people being mistreated at assessments. To hear from Charlotte within the DWP talking about the "cynical attitude" and them "not being empathetic towards certain illnesses." However, it was really shocking to hear comments like "another claim of fibromyarse." This is not acceptable on any level and is clear discrimination.

We would ask that the DWP respond to this mistreatment of people with fibromyalgia and reassess how training is applied so that people that are diagnosed with fibromyalgia are not dismissed out of hand before their individual situtation is considered. We are not looking for special treatment but we do expect to be treated fairly and assessed with compassion.

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