Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Atos to lose monopoly after 'flawed and unacceptable' disability benefit assessments


More than 40 per cent of the assessments carried out on disability benefit claimants by the back-to-work assessor Atos are flawed and unacceptable, according to an audit commissioned by the Government.

Following months of complaints about allegedly unfair and slapdash decisions made by Atos, the Department for Work and Pensions  audited around 400 of the company’s written reports into disability claimants, grading them A to C. Of these, 41 per cent came back with a C, meaning they were unacceptable and did not meet the required standard.
The lowest grade does not necessarily mean the decision was wrong, but that a serious error or omission occurred, such as no evidence to justify the recommendations, or inconsistencies in the evidence provided.
The findings mean the company will be stripped of its monopoly on deciding whether people with disabilities are fit to work. The DWP said the poor quality of the company’s written reports were “contractually unacceptable” and announced on Monday it would be inviting other companies to bid for fresh regional contracts by summer 2014 to help reduce waiting times. Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “This is a direct consequence of three years of appalling contract management by Iain Duncan Smith.”
More than 600,000 of the 1.8 million assessments carried out by Atos since 2009 have been the subject of an appeal, at a cost of £60m. Around 30 per cent of the appeals succeeded. Mark Hoban, minister for Employment, said: “Where our audits identify any drop in quality, we act decisively … It’s vital we continue to improve the service to claimants, which is why we are introducing new providers to increase capacity.”
Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said: “It’s about time the Government told Atos to smarten up its act. But, it’s also strikingly clear to disabled people that the whole £112m per-year system is broken.”
A spokeswoman for Atos said: “Our priority is the quality of our work and, following the recent audit, we quickly put in place a plan to improve the quality of written reports.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/atos-to-lose-monopoly-after-flawed-and-unacceptable-disability-benefit-assessments-8727115.html

NWN: ATOS has only been following the current tory government/coalitions policies. Or rather the  New world order bankers such as the BILDERBERGS policies of imposed austerity. Disabled people  have been forced onto the basic JSA payment as it is much cheaper than disability rates. It's all about public spending cuts !

My late 'brother in law' was deemed fit for work by ATOS even though he had terminal cancer that had rotted through his skeleton. He lost 4inches in height as his spine collapsed. He died within 6 months of being labelled 'fit for work'.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Rothschilds have very close links to ATOS.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/22/the-fall-and-rise-of-the-french-rothschilds/

Anonymous said...

Under the rules that ATOS follows it is not important how LONG it takes you to do something just so long as you can EVENTUALLY do it!

I have great trouble walking and only do so with considerable pain yet the fact that I can walk,however slowly,means that I am classed as fit to work and would be benefit suspended if I was less than enthusiastic about becoming a Postman even though I would still be doing the morning delivery when Coronation Street started!

Oddly enough I am quite cheerful about this situation because I realize that at last the ruling elite have finally got ahead of themselves in their urge to grind us all down.
Stuffing it to the disabled could well be their first serious mistake.

Anonymous said...

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." - Edward Bernays

Anonymous said...

CONFIRMED: Left Wing Plant at Houston Pro-Zimmerman Rally Is Far Left Activist.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/busted-left-wing-plant-at-houston-pro-zimmerman-rally-is-far-left-activist/

Anonymous said...

TIME's 'MAN OF THE YEAR': HITLER (1938) vs STALIN (1939)

http://tomatobubble.com/id281.html

Irving said...

Great!

Has it come to this ? What NF marches used to look like............