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  • Joe Kane on Facebook January 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Excellent two first comments on the Daily Record thread as follow –

    ralphybough wrote –
    I smell a fight with the British Medical association brewing;

    1: If ATOS does not believe the diagnosis of the claimant’s Doctor then why are they not seeking a BMA review?! By challenging the doctor’s diagnosis they are saying that the Doctor of the claimant is misleading, aka ; misdiagnosis aka malpractice.

    2: We need to protect GP’s and doctor clinical assessment of patients. If not then it will lead to an upsurge in patient deaths.

    3: ATOS is not a crown agent, so why is it allowed to challenge GP’s and do tors diagnosis? Is that even legal? And if not does this not meanb that GP’s and doctors that legal recourse to sue ATOS and by association the HM Government?
    1/1/2012 9:41 AM GMT

    ralphybough wrote –
    4: The senior management of the DWP are purposely misinterpreting the law, in the case of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Act explicitly says that a person needs a certain amount of money to live on. ATOS cant overrule this since it is not a crown agent.

    5: If senior DWP management seek to misrepresent the social Security Act then they are open to private prosecution in a court of law. Because they are not upholding government stature, and are taking recourse advice from political ministers seeking to destroy the social security act. Ministerial advice does not overule or ursurp government acts passed by previous government administations.

    To sum up ATOS is breaking the law. and they have been illegally and purposely misled by the Westminster coalition. ATOS should seek legal advice quickly cause they are going to be taken to court.

    We need a legal test case in a court of law to find out if removal of allowances contravenes the Social Security Act.

    A plague on the house of ATOS shareholders everywhere…..

  • Joe Kane on Facebook January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    The third comment on the Daily Record thread is the usual heartbreaking testimony of someone too unwell and disabled to work, yet is being treated appallingly by the DWP gulag –

    Jim1963 wrote:
    ralphybough
    Well said.

    I had my third ATOS medical in November last year (2011). I have yet to have the results but I’m so embittered and disillusioned that I fully expect to be found fit for work – for the third time. I appealed the previous two decisions and won both appeals.
    I suffer from Heart Failure and Depression; Heart Failure severely limits the work I can do – basically just call centre work. Depression affects everything I do or try to do. Would you hire someone who may decide he can’t face work – maybe 4 out of 5 days per week? Or, if he did turn up would perhaps do very little work? Unfortunately, depression is the main reason I can’t work and all I get from the DWP and ATOS is more stress! Who can get healthier under continual stress? Neither is stress good for my heart condition.
    Despite my GP having issued me – last March, 2011 – with a ‘sick note’ covering me until March THIS year – 2012 – I have had the ATOS medical AND been asked to attend some ‘back to work’ program run by a private company called Ingeus. The medical AND the first appointment with Ingeus were within 2 days of one another. Did the DWP already know I was going to be found fit for work? Unfortunately – for both my family’s standard of living AND the taxpayer – I don’t expect to be fit for work any time soon. Having to scrimp and save, having to cringe when Christmas comes around and being unable to give our grandchildren little more than our love … it’s demeaning and heart-breaking. Having people condemn the unemployed as a blight on society doesn’t help either. I’m not happy being unemployed but I’m very sick and there is little I can do about it.

  • Joe Kane on Facebook January 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I said this elsewhere, we all know the British medical professional and regulatory bodies such as the GMC, the BMA and the Nursing and Midwifery Counicl couldn’t give a stuff about the treatment of the chronically diseased and disabled patient community of the UK at the hands of the DWP gulag.

    The BMA are still refering to patients who complain about Atos doctors as “vexatious” and recommend the GMC don’t take them seriously. See section 4. Vexatious complaints in the follow –

    Medical services doctors undertaking work for the Department of Work and Pensions or Atos Healthcare
    BMA
    http://www.bma.org.uk/employmentandcontracts/fees/medicalservicesdoctors.jsp

    Freedom of Information to the GMC request regarding “vexatious” complaints about Atos doctors –

    Atos ‘vexatious complaints’ BMA warning to GMC
    by Mr Peterson
    What Do They Know
    21 Sep 2011
    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/atos_vexatious_complaints_bma_wa

  • JJ January 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    They must SCRAP the WCA! NOT ‘REFORM’ IT!

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