A MUM hounded by the NHS over a £29 bill killed herself with the anti-depressants that caused her to spiral into debt, her devastated family claim. Penny Oliver owed two bills of £8.60 and £20.60 but these both rocketed with the second one alone soaring to £120.60. But the 54-year-old couldn’t afford the debts after her benefits were cut and she had just a few pounds left in her bank account when she died. Her family found her dead in her bed in June surrounded by payment demands and threats to take her to court if she didn’t pay up, the Sunday Mirror reports. They now say the NHS and Department for Work and Pensions “have blood on their hands” after Penny received letters from both. Her daughter Charlotte, 29, told the newspaper: “The irony that she overdosed on “This should never happen. Mum was struggling to cope with having her benefits cut when she was already suffering from poor mental health. “But the very NHS that should have been helping her to deal with her depression instead began hounding her for cash and helped push her over the edge. She ended her life as a result.” Penny had suffered… Read full this story
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