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Points system lets down the disabled; Get in touch - tell us what you think Email: ecletters@walesonline.co.uk Twitter: @WalesOnline Facebook: facebook.com/WalesOnline Post: Media Wales, 6 Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR.

UNTIL I went into Llandough Hospital for surgery to the lower part of my spine in 2014 I was a keen and regular attender of the Cardiff and Vale Community Health Council meetings.

On May 6, 1974, I was serving as the third engineering officer on the MV Helmsman heading for Plymouth when the flame traps in the funnel of this fuel tanker caught fire.

With the engine stopped, the chief engineer and I got up on a pair of ladders and put the fire out before resuming our voyage.

After showering, I had a couple of beers with the chief and second engineers. I went to my cabin and turned in for the night.

The following morning at 8.30am the steward called me for breakfast when I was unable to get up out of my bunk unassisted with back pain, also feeling I had pins driven into both knee caps and limped with my shoulders leaning forward.

In October 1975 I was discharged from the Merchant Navy as physically unfit for further seagoing service.

As part of my resettlement training I studied industrial psychology with work and method studies.

With its practical physical working aspects it shows the DWP benefits points scoring legislation with Personal Independence Payment as a political confidence trick used by this government to manipulate disabled and deprived people using handsomely paid private, business consulting companies in an attempt to excuse the conduct of politicians hoping to remain on the gravy train. What about the state of the NHS? Malcolm H Mort Roath, Cardiff

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 27, 2018
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