Heart Patient’s ESA Reinstated After He Has Cardiac Arrest During Appeal Hearing

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A heart patient has won back his benefits after being rushed to hospital during his sickness appeal hearing.

A fire drill led to Bob Millar, 61, collapsing as he walked down four flights of stairs because the lift in Holborn, London, was put out of use.

His Employment Support Allowance is now being reinstated. It ceased after a Work Capability Assessment that, he said, followed four heart attacks . He added: “They’ve put me through hell.”

Officials claimed “evac chairs” were available to use.

US firm Maximus took over from Atos in assessing the health of benefit claimants on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions last year.

During an appeal against the cuts to his benefits in Holburn in March this year, the fire alarm sounded and the building was ordered to be evacuated.

Mr Millar, 61, was told he couldn’t get the lift and was told he…

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