He’s only an expert when singing from the same hymn sheet as the DWP.
When devoted to manipulating and misleading the British public, and the British Parliament, the Cabinet Office must be very careful whose opinion they accept and report. And that acceptance does vary, depending on what government appointed experts are saying.
Dr Mansel Aylward was the Chief Medical Officer for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from 2001 until his resignation, in 2005, to move to his new position as Director of the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, at Cardiff University.
Aylward was funded for the first five years with £1.6million by the notorious American corporate insurance giant, when still known as UnumProvident Insurance, who were the appointed government advisers on ‘welfare claims management’ from 1994. The company changed their name to UNUM Insurance in 2007.
Aylward’s influence did a great deal of harm as the appointed biopsychosocial (BPS) expert and, together with Gordon Waddell, hastily produced the DWP commissioned Scientific and Conceptual Basis for Incapacity Benefit in 2005, which recommended the BPS model of functional assessment for all claimants of Incapacity Benefit being migrated to the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which replaced Incapacity Benefit in October 2008 for all new claimants of long-term out-of-work sickness and disability benefit.
All 2.68 million claimants of Incapacity Benefit were destined to be reassessed for the ESA, using the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), a ‘functional assessment’ using the BPS model which totally disregards diagnosis, prognosis and the claimant’s past medical history. The WCA was always destined to cause preventable harm.