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A DISTRAUGHT Burntwood mother who informed Lichfield Job Centre Plus that her son was in intensive care and too ill to attend an interview has told the Mercury how she received another letter from them after his death, calling him for an interview on the day of his funeral.

Gregory Sproston, who suffered from the rare condition Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, died on February 8.

The 38-year-old had been asked to attend a “work-focused interview” at Lichfield Job Centre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions, on February 5 but his mum Rose phoned beforehand to tell staff that this would not be possible as he was in intensive care at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. She also asked that no more letters be sent due to the seriousness of Gregory’s condition but Job Centre Plus sent a letter for a rescheduled interview on February 26, the…

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