The leadership of the British Medical Association is ‘complicit in the suicides of Britain’s disabled people’

 BMA

 

Edinburgh, Thursday 27th March 2014

By Alan Wylie 

Arguably the most hated company in Britain, Atos Healthcare is the multinational corporation that carries out the Tory Government’s ‘Work Capability Assessments’ (WCA) on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions. This computer-based, tick-box ‘functional assessment’ is supposed to determine if a sick and disabled person is ‘fit for work’ or if they meet the criteria for any sickness benefit.

The assessments are so inadequate that, according to the mental health charity Mind, in Oxford 90% of those who have been found ‘fit for work’ have had their decisions overturned when they have appealed with the help of an advocate. This figure is replicated throughout the UK. Even when unrepresented decisions are overturned in 40% of cases.

 

Protesters demonstrate in London yesterday against Atos's role in benefit assessments

Protesters demonstrate in London in June 2012 against Atos’ role in benefit assessments

The DWP’s own statistics reveal that in 2011 alone 10,600 people died within six weeks of being found fit for work by Atos and another 2,200 died before their assessment was complete. 1300 of these were classified as having had limited capability for work and had been placed in the ‘Work Related Activity Group’ (WRAG).

The Government has since refused to publish statistics for 2012/13 having rejected a Freedom of Information request submitted by Mike Sivier of the Vox Political blog on the grounds that is was ‘vexatious‘. 

Mr. Sivier has since lodged an appeal with the Information Commissioner with the help of a solicitor specialising in human rights: What we should be clear on is that this Government has a lot to hide.

Atos Healthcare’s reputation now stands in ruins. The company is completely discredited and it’s name now so toxic that earlier this month they rebranded themselves under the new name of “OHAssist”.

This reminds me of a phrase my mother used to say: “You can polish a turd but it will always be a turd.”

The company is now attempting to run away with its tail between its legs, confirming in February that it is seeking to end its contract to assess whether benefits claimants are fit to work, citing unsubstantiated ‘death threats‘ to its staff. They can run, they may rebrand – but their infamy will plague them for as long as our collective memories last in this country.

Cartoon by Martin Rowson for The Black Triangle Campaign

Cartoon by Martin Rowson for The Black Triangle Campaign

 

Perversely, the company was awarded the tender to act as assessors for the new Personal Independence Payment (the replacement of the now abolished Disability Living Allowance) under the OHAssist name and only last week they were directly accused by members of the Commons public accounts committee of lying in their bid to secure the contract.

Already it has been widely reported that terminally ill people are now going for months without the benefit they are entitled to owing to ‘delays’ in getting an assessment and the charity Scope estimates that up to 600,000 disabled people are set to lose their entitlement to disability living allowance, owing to the new, much harsher criteria.

The word “henchmen” is the word which immediately comes to mind when thinking about Atos, If you’ve ever wondered where Osborne’s “savings” are coming from, look no further: Atos cuts – disabled people bleed.

In June 2012 Britain’s Doctors overwhelmingly backed a motion at the BMA’s annual conference submitted by the Scottish-based Black Triangle Campaign through their Medical Advisor Dr Stephen Carty stating that Atos’s assessments were “inadequate” and had “little regard to the nature or complexity of the needs of long-term sick and disabled persons”. The motion went on to demand that the tests be ‘scrapped with immediate effect to be replaced by a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm’ to sick and/or disabled people.

The vote was a huge victory for the Black Triangle Campaign’s activists and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of people at the brutal receiving end of this fascist-like disability assessment regime.

Regrettably since then, sick and/or disabled people have felt badly let down by the inaction of the BMA’s leadership who they say have in reality done little to give effect to the wishes of the union’s membership.

Granted, they have tussled with intransigent DWP ministers and officials who clearly have no intention of doing anything that might jeopardise their primary aim of kicking as many people off benefit and into destitution as necessary in order to “pay down the deficit” as sacrificial lambs on the altar of austerity, but nothing more.

BMA HouseWorse still, many Local Medical Committees (LMCs) – local associations of GPs – have appallingly mounted a ‘Just Say No‘ campaign instructing GP surgeries all over the UK to refuse patients further medical evidence in support of their benefit applications and appeals to the Tribunal Service.

The two main reasons given justify their unconscionable stance is that such work is outwith the duties doctors are required to perform as part of their contract with the DWP and that they are swamped with so many requests that they interfere with the core work of doctoring.

One of the functions of the doctors’ regulatory and disciplinary body, the General Medical Council (GMC), is to set the standards of professional and ethical conduct that all practising doctors in the UK must abide by. The chief guidance is contained in a document entitled ‘Good Medical Practice‘ which clearly states that :

‘… a doctor must (overriding duty or principle) take prompt action if he feels that patient safety is or may be seriously compromised by inadequate … policies or systems.’

Consistent with this and the fact that the WCA incontrovertibly compromises patient safety Black Triangle argues that doctors have an overriding duty in these cases to intervene to prevent catastrophic harm to their patients and to do so independently of any government interference or agreement, if required.

They have furthermore pioneered a simple and effective way for doctors to fulfil their duty of care which has been adopted by dozens of practices belonging to the Deprivation Interest Group in Scotland, the Lothian Area Health Board and the Glasgow Local Medical Committee district.

Dr Carty, who practises in Leith on the north side of Edinburgh has helped over thirty of his patients to gain exemption under the “exceptional circumstances” rule ESA regulations 29 and 35. In these cases, he has effectively informed the DWP that in his clinical judgment he believes that were his patient to be found ‘fit for work’ or to have ‘limited capability for work’ (i.e. placed in the WRAG) there would be a ‘substantial risk of harm to the physical or mental health of either the patient or to others around them’. He does this using one side of an A4 sheet of paper justifiying his declaration by stating clearly his clinical reasoning based on his patients’ diagnoses. He has said that in almost every case the DWP have not resisted his evidence and a great deal of suffering and tragedy has thereby been avoided.

The Black Triangle Campaign has one simple demand.

It isn’t the world that they are asking for.

They are not asking GPs to act as gatekeepers to the benefits system.

They stress that the judgment call as to whether or not to invoke these regulations must be left entirely at the professional discretion of the clinical practitioner.

BMA caring for patients and supporting the actionThey fully recognise that a GP may not feel qualified in every case to decide upon a person’s suitability for work as they are not trained Occupational Health experts.

Their simple demand is that the BMA issues an advisory to their members informing them of the existence of these regulations and how to apply them in cases where a GP has a grave concern for the safety and well-being of their patient facing the Atos assessment regime in order to prevent avoidable harm from the outset. They argue that in most cases where the regulations are invoked the clinical condition of the patient in question will be so severe that the judgment call will be an absolute ‘no-brainer’.

The method they have pioneered for making it takes up little more time for the doctor than it would to write out a prescription and in the end will result in fewer acute admissions to hospital and generally dealing with the adverse impact on the patient’s health with the fallout that inevitably follows as the knock-on effect of a wrongful decision by DWP-Atos.

wowv2g-300x272On the 10th December last year, after two solid years of lobbying, Black Triangle led a meeting with Dr John Canning of the BMA’s General Practice Committee who travelled up from London and Dr. Dean Marshall of BMA Scotland at BMA House in Edinburgh. Also in attendance was Bill Scott, Manager of Inclusion Scotland and representatives of the PCS Union from London and Glasgow who are desperate to find a moral and ethical solution to prevent the catastrophic consequences of wrongful decisions their members witness every day as administrators of the system.

They say that at that meeting it was agreed that the campaign would submit their materials to the BMA delegation which would then be discussed at BMA Council with a view to issuing a cascading advisory to all 55,000 GPs in the UK.

That was nearly four months ago and Black Triangle now believes that they have been stonewalled and strongly suspect that they have met with stubborn resistance within the ranks of the BMA’s hierarchy in London.

McArdle says:

“In advance of the historic Commons debate – the first one in history ever to be secured by disabled people themselves after raising over 104,000 signatures on the War on Welfare Petition (The ‘WoWpetition’) on 27th February, the BMA put out a briefing document that merely recognised what we all know and stated that they look forward to working with the DWP to address the issues giving better feedback to the department at the outset of the process on the ESA113 (the so-called ‘fit note’ – actually the old sick note). This does not adequately address the issue of flagging up substantial risk because the ESA113 is only rarely requested by the DWP and is returned on time in less than 37% of cases.”

An article in GP Online published the day before the WoWpetition debate reports the BMA as warning that ‘GPs are not occupational health specialists and are unable to make the judgments required’ to provide appropriate medical evidence.

The article reported that ‘Although GPs are not under a contractual obligation to provide this evidence directly to patients, these requests (for evidence) place GPs in a difficult position that can potentially compromise the doctor-patient relationship,’ warning that the requests were taking up limited GP appointment time ‘inappropriately’.

McArdle continues: 

Mark Wood R.I.P.

Mark Wood R.I.P.

“Recently we witnessed the case of Mark Wood, a man with severe and enduring psychiatric illness starve himself to death following a fit for work decision by DWP-Atos in Oxford. We have no doubt in our minds whatsoever that had Mark’s GP been given the necessary information and tools with which to effectively flag up risk in this case by the BMA this appalling tragedy could have been averted. We are now in close contact with Mark’s sister who has joined together with us in campaigning to see to it this this never happens again.”

“We are sincerely grateful to the grassroots support of the BMA’s membership who have supported us from the outset in demanding an immediate end to this cruel and barbaric disability assessment regime with immediate effect.

DPAC LOGO“However, the members and steering group of the Black Triangle Campaign and allies in our sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts together with Mark’s sister stand united in protest and condemnation of the unacceptable quiescence on the part of BMA Council in continuing to fail to address this issue robustly.

“We have done all we can as disabled people. We have mobilised and galvanised opinion among grassroots GPs, Consultants, trade unions and campaigners from across civil society.

“It is now time for the BMA to stand up and show true leadership in defence of sick and/or disabled people. In our view the leadership is acting completely out of step with the clearly stated wishes of their membership who support us in bringing down this whole putrid edifice.

“As sure as night follows day, many more tragedies such as that of Mark Wood will continue to occur as a result of this inaction.

“We call upon them now to issue, with immediate effect, a substantial risk advisory to all their members to equip them with the tools to ensure that such barbarity is stopped and that there will be no more deaths such as Mark’s on their watch.

“Not to do so is in our view to be complicit in the deaths of innocent people whose only crime is to have the misfortune to be sick and/or disabled.

“History will not hold them guiltless.”

McArdle finishes by quoting the holocaust scholar, Yehuda Bauer who said: 

Professor Yehuda Bauer

Professor Yehuda Bauer

“I come from a people who gave the Ten Commandments to the world. Time has come to strengthen them by three additional ones, which we ought to adopt and commit ourselves to: thou shall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander.”

“The BMA cannot wash its hands and abdicate from their moral responsibilities. It must act now without any further delay.”

Of all the professions, British society places the medical profession upon the commanding heights of moral authority. Standing by and allowing patients’ health to be damaged risks a severe fracturing the public’s high esteem for our Doctors.

They must take action now. 

Dr Eugene (Eugeniusz) Lazowski, Poland's Schindler

Dr Eugene (Eugeniusz) Lazowski, Poland’s Schindler

Their position as passive bystanders witnessing this carnage at the hands of an inhumane and outright nasty Government is no longer tenable. 

Black Triangle’s demand is not only a simple one and easy to achieve: It is an astoundingly reasonable one.

For the sake of us all, I hope and pray along with Black Triangle that just for this once, power listens to reason in this case and that the BMA leadership’s inaction does not translate to infamy when in future people ask “what did the British medical profession do to put a stop to it?”

 

Alan Wyllie is the Creator of PoliticsUK, a founding member of the No2BedroomTax Campaign and is an ‘Ambassador’ for the Labour for Independence Campaign

Woman killed herself over benefits cut, says mental health watchdog: Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland finds that woman took her own life after assessor docked benefits by 30%  26 March 2014

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has recently conducted an investigation around the new benefits system. 

‘We investigated the case of a woman who tragically took her own life in December 2011. She had recently had a work capability assessment following which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decided her benefits were going to be reduced. She was on incapacity benefit and was told she would not be able to be transferred to Employment and Support Allowance so would receive Jobseekers allowance …’

http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/our-latest-investigation-is-now-available/

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Investigation Report: Who benefits? The benefits assessment and death of Ms DE

We have received a response from the DWP in relation to our recommendations and we have made comments on their response:

Social security: a cap designed to confuse ~ Policy lazily lumps all benefit costs together, irrespective of whether they reflect mismanagement or answer genuine need

 

 

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200 Responses to The leadership of the British Medical Association is ‘complicit in the suicides of Britain’s disabled people’

  1. bobchewie says:

    FOI request for information on benefit related mortality rates. Results in the feeble excuse that it would exceed £600 for DWP to get off their fat lazy arses to find out those figures .
    So who set that atbitrary figure and why that amount?
    Should i send a FOI request to find out ?
    How ironic when millions spent on the now useless defunct UJM

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      THAT’S RIGHT BOB………………..

      THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY BADGERS THEY KILLED AS IT DID NOT EXCEED £600………………….

      “BUT THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BROKEN PEOPLE WHO WERE RECKLESSLY MURDERED FOR HAVING SOME FORM OF DISABILITY, ARE TRULY EXPENDABLE AND NOT WORTH £600…………….”

  2. bobchewie says:

    By the way. I had been reading of late about a new method of benefit fraud detection which i think involved HMRC and real time information and DWP data this also includes error on the part of DWP the result was that apart from financial penalty the benefit would be halved . Thats odd as the HMRC and real time info and DWP data sounded jist like how the Universal Credit system is meant to operate

  3. Leighton Lewis says:

    The BMA could be at risk of mass “Legal Action” & being sued, For refusing to carry out it’s “Duty Of Care” As they also have a “Public Liability” To look after there GP’s Patient’s etc !

  4. bobchewie says:

    Is there something wrong with this govt ? They seem unable to use ethical companies
    1 Atos fraudulent ( backed by Unum who were declared illegal in US )
    2 A4e acted fraudulently
    3 G4s. Fraud overcharging and god knows what else and the concern about G4s police on the streets and G4s child care homes and employing weapons training in UK and Afghanistan
    4 monster jobs who created the disastrous UJM after monster job site appeared on fraud website expose
    They seen to have fatal attraction for crooked companies

  5. bobchewie says:

    https://www.ohportal.co.uk/

    OH assist portal

    See text at bottom of page where it mentions Atos healthcare

    • Stepping Razor says:

      OH Portal, also known as Cosmas Vista also known as ATOS also known as OH Assist.

      These names are going to be outlawed just like Atos, because they are all Atos.

      All system go from 14th Feb 2014.

      Domain name:
      ohportal.co.uk

      Registrant:
      ATOS ORIGIN UK LIMITED

      Trading as:
      Atos Origin UK Limited

      Registrant type:
      UK Limited Company, (Company number: 2479330)

      Registrant’s address:
      4 Triton Square
      Regents Place
      London
      NW1 3HG
      United Kingdom

      —————————————–
      Website Is Under Construction

      OH Portal.co.uk is another webstie they just set up OH Assist- under construction
      https://www.ohportal.co.uk/Maintenance.aspx

  6. bobchewie says:

    has re-branded as OH Assist. However this isn’t quite all of the story. Atos Healthcare – a trading name of Atos IT Services UK Limited – had two main areas of business. One is the notorious DWP contract to carry out Work Capability Assessments and more recently assessments for Personal Independence Payments. The other is providing Occupational Health services to large companies. This led to contradictions such as Atos Healthcare telling someone’s employer that they are not fit for work and then Atos Healthcare telling the DWP that they actually are fit for work.
    Since they are at the frontline of implementing savage Tory cuts, the name Atos Healthcare has become toxic. Business customers of Atos Healthcare have been pressured by campaigners to take their business elsewhere, and no doubt Atos has struggled to employ staff for that service.
    It appears then, that Atos Healthcare has spun off those occupational health services under a new name, OH Assist. OH Assist has a new website and their customers have been informed of the change. (As noted on the Southern Health Website for example.)
    Atos Healthcare is still operating and their DWP contracts are still being carried out under that name

    Copied from latent existence website

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  8. anon says:

    A large part of the problem is still the scam whereby WRAG victims who are deemed not to be disabled *enough* have their entitlements means tested. This is unjust and should go (particularly since it has been shown that almost half of those with degenerative conditions are being abusively and inappropriately sentenced to wrag).

    In a decent society, (or just a pragmatic one which has thousands of able bodied unemployed chasing a single minimum wage job in Aldi) disability benefits should not be paid on the basis of ‘fitness to work’, but on the basis of an individual living with impairment or sickness.

    All longer-term disability benefits should be treated as a form of pension, and in the case of anyone with a lifetime condition, should be paid for life once the diagnosis has been recieved.

    Doctors should not need to be gatekeepers. Simply, they should be believed by the government when they diagnose sickness or disability, and the benefits paid.

    (If the DWP has evidence that a specific doctor colludes in benefits fraud or is not competent to diagnose illness, that doctor could be reported/suspended/struck off… I wonder how the Atos docs would get on under such a measure?)

    In the event of an individual qualifying for disability benefits but continuing to work (or perhaps receivig a significant income from trust funds, investments etc.) their total income could always be looked at through the tax system – with higher thresholds built in to protect vulnerable groups, while ensuring that super-rich recipients (such as when the Camerons claimed benefits for their son!) contributed fairly to the system.

  9. anne says:

    I’m one of the lucky few. My GP wrote a letter for me using regulations 29 and 35. I found out about them here on this web site. My local Benefits Office told me I had no chance of success. I was giving the system one last chance, then I suppose I would have become a statistic if it had failed. But the process took over six months and I was rejected three times and had to appeal again and again. I heard on the telly about someone like me with over 20 years of mental health depression who ended her life. It could have been me. I don’t know how it happened, I can only think that some kind sole somewhere looked at the huge volume of paper work and said enough is enough for this woman. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the decisions being made. I went from being assessed as 100% fit for work to being in the WRAG to being entitled to nothing but my National Insurance being paid, I was never asked to go to a work interview and then I thought I’ll give it one more go.
    So I can’t let anyone out there know how to succeed. I think it is arbitrary.
    I look out each morning for another brown envelope which will start the whole process up again. I don’t have the strength to do it all again.

  10. bobchewie says:

    This report covers findings from a small-scale qualitative study commissioned to understand more about how Decision Makers (DMs) make judgements in the minority of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) cases where they potentially face conflicting evidence, or where it may be debatable which outcome should be awarded. Throughout the report these types of cases will be referred to as ‘borderline’. The research involved ten group discussions with DMs across five Benefit Centres and ten depth interviews with Atos Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) responsible for conducting Work Capability Assessments (WCAs), which took place in September and October 2011. The research explored overall views on the role of the DM, the types of cases that tended to be borderline and the approaches to reaching a decision on these, relationships between Atos and Benefit Centres and the training and guidance available for DMs. Role of the Decision Maker All DMs participating in the research were aware of the key recommendations made in the Harrington Year 1 Review of the WCA1 around improving the fairness and effectiveness of the WCA specifically and empowering and investing in DMs so that they are able to make the correct decision on ESA claims. For the most part they considered this appropriate and welcomed the recommendations. However, despite initial movement towards greater empowerment of DMs, many felt that by the time of the research, the guidance that they had been given had been revisited in such a way as to give them less control over decision-making. Some felt that they still had some ability to reach their own decision over borderline cases where they disagreed with the Atos advice while others felt limited in this respect. In the latter group were those who felt they had been expressly told that they could not make a decision that ran contrary to the Atos advice without securing Atos agreement to do this (which they had found Atos reluctant to provide). Generally, DMs needed further clarity on how they should approach decision making. Borderline cases None of the Benefit Centres covered by this research had specific procedures for identifying and handling borderline cases. Cases that DMs found more difficult to reach decisions on were not generally limited to those that were on or near the boundary of two ESA outcome categories. Typically, these more complex cases were those that DMs came across in their normal caseload of claimants likely to be disallowed but where they felt that there was reason to question the advice of the HCP who had conducted the WCA. For most DMs, the WCA report compiled by Atos was considered to be the main piece of evidence when assessing a case and in the majority of these cases, the advice given by Atos in this report was followed. The proportion of cases considered to be borderline where DMs sought clarification or guidance from Atos or acted against the advice of the WCA report was small. DMs struggled to quantify the volume of cases involved but estimates given tended to be around the 1 in 40 mark. DMs who felt that some of their decision making power had recently been revoked stated that in the immediate aftermath of the publication of the Harrington Year 1 Review this volume had been much higher but they had been under pressure to reduce it. Harrington, M., AnIndependentReviewoftheWorkCapabilityAssessment (November 2010

  11. Stepping Razor says:

    It all works perfectly at the DWP !! DWP letters with phone numbers that don`t work, given another number [secret service]
    that is like an automated switchboard. Press 1 for … press 2 for …. & so on. After hearing all of these, which had no bearing to me I just pressed any of the numbers. What ever number you press you get through to the same gamble line [lucky dip] for what DWP office you will get. Main General Information. There is no manager of that office that you can talk to. Forms are like gold dust, apply within to get a form.

    It is not confusing when you keep up with the rules the DWP keep changing every 2 months. What is confusing is when different DWP departments are contradicting themselves about sanctions. It may seem confusing to the DWP but not to me.

    All DWP Data is with a Private Company sub contracted by the DWP. The DWP can not confirm medical data I have submitted over 20 years ago without giving the DWP permission to free these data files from the Private Company. When pressed further, the DWP says they doubt any data files exsist because they tend to not keep medical data for more than 18 months if lucky. So I say – What use is it giving any medical data [evident] if the DWP only keeps it for 6 months is the norm !! Answer – silence of confusion !! Hope that helps you tape recording the phone conversation !!

    Why wait to appeal on the WCA !! Get the appeals in early before the WCA. The DWP admin skills are very appeal like. Oh dear if I appeal it could take one year & you are stuck on what money you are getting at that time of starting an appeal. What about having 8 admin appeals going at the same time. There is nothing stopping me appealing about any thing at any time. Because the DWP rules prevent the DWP from getting appeals done quicker maybe the DWP can fast track my 8 admin appeals through !!
    1 appeal one year – 8 appeals 8 years !! So that should keep the DWP busy until 2022 !! [that`s 2 elections time]!! I can put another admin appeal in if you want DWP, but haven`t you still to sort out the ones already started. The DWP find the DWP rules work against them !!

    The DWP may stop WCA appeals but the DWP can`t stop admin appeals !!

    SR

  12. Stepping Razor says:

    Atos quits £500m work capability assessment contract a year early

    Atos will receive no compensation and has made ‘substantial financial settlement’ to DWP for early termination of contract

    - Guardian – 27th March 2014:

    The contract with Atos to administer millions of fit-for-work tests for sick and disabled people a year is ending a year early, the government has announced.

    The £500m agreement to carry out work capability assessments had been due to end in August next year but Atos Healthcare has been the target of widespread public and political anger over the tests, which have been criticised by MPs and campaigners as crude and inhumane.

    There has been mounting evidence that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people have been wrongly judged to be fit for work and ineligible for government support. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said on Thursday that the decision had been reached after “joint negotiations” with Atos. Ministers had been in private discussions with the company since the summer over the quality of its operation but if the government had terminated the contract it would have been faced with a penalty payment.

    Mike Penning, the minister for disabled people, said: “The previous government appointed Atos as the sole provider for carrying out work capability assessments and since then we have carried out several independent reviews and made significant improvements to the assessment.

    “Today we are announcing that we are seeking a new provider to replace Atos, with the view to increasing the number of assessments and reducing waiting times.

    “I am pleased to confirm that Atos will not receive a single penny of compensation from the taxpayer for the early termination of their contract; quite the contrary, Atos has made a substantial financial settlement to the department.”

    The DWP said that, to ensure a smooth transition, one national provider would be appointed early next year to take over the contract. In the longer term it intends to move to multiple providers to increase competition. Last month, the Guardian revealed that the government was preparing to oust Atos from the contract on the basis of a leaked review, which suggested the DWP was lining up rival firms to take over the agreement. Ursula Morgenstern, Atos chief executive for UK and Ireland, said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the government to allow us to exit this contract early and we remain committed to delivering essential services to the UK government as a strategic supplier.”

    Last year the work and pensions select committee said the government’s handling of the assessment was damaging public confidence and causing claimants “considerable distress”.

    The committee said the problems with the computer-led, points-based assessment “lay firmly with the DWP”, but added that the department was failing to apply “sufficient rigour or challenge to Atos”.

    More than 600,000 appeals have been lodged against Atos judgments since the work capability assessments began, costing the taxpayer £60m a year. In four out of 10 cases the original decisions are overturned.

    Charities welcomed the exit of Atos but warned that the entire system needed overhauling.

    Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said: “The test should be more than an exercise in getting people off benefits. It should make sure disabled people get the specialist, tailored and flexible support they need to find and keep a job.”

    Steve Winyard, RNIB head of campaigns and policy, said Atos’s departure “might be welcomed by some but it leaves blind, partially sighted and other disabled people in a very uncertain situation. DWP will face lots of questions but it also has an opportunity to re-examine the whole process.”

    Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive at the deafblind charity Sense, called for root-and-branch reform.

    The Guardian-
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/27/atos-quite-work-capability-assessment-contract-early

  13. Stepping Razor says:

    The DWP are f**king up Atos`s world reputation. The DWP have a toxic reputation !!

  14. Stepping Razor says:

    Disability News Service: – 21st March 2014

    Life in the PIP queue: DWP, Atos and Capita shamed over new cases

    MPs and charities have publicly shamed the government, and two of its contractors, over the botched implementation of the coalition’s new disability benefit, and its impact on disabled people.

    Representatives from three charities – DABD (UK), Citizens Advice and Mencap – were giving evidence to the Commons public accounts committee about the implementation of personal independence payment (PIP).

    Lesley Hawes, chief executive of DABD, which is based in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham and works with socially-excluded people, said her organisation was being “bombarded” with appeals for help because of delays with PIP claims.

    She said claimants were being forced to rely on food parcels and the Social Fund “to a huge extent” because of these delays.

    Since last year, DABD has dealt with 185 PIP claims, but only 15 of the claimants have had decisions from the Department for Work and Pensions. Hawes said that was “typical” of claimants helped by organisations in other local boroughs.

    She said: “The whole timescale of waiting is ridiculous. And when we have challenged the DWP and Atos they are blaming each other for the delays.”

    Among the cases DABD has been dealing with is a person with a mental health condition who needed to be admitted to hospital because it took more than seven months for them to begin receiving PIP.

    Another was a client with diabetes and gastric problems who needs a specific diet, who submitted a PIP claim in September 2013, but heard nothing more. Despite two calls to DWP, she has still heard nothing from Atos about her assessment.

    She is using the Social Fund and other services “to be able to survive”, but her health has deteriorated, said Hawes.

    A third client, who has learning difficulties and a mental health condition, submitted a claim last August, but has so far received no response from Atos.

    James Bolton, a Mencap policy officer, told the committee of a young man with learning difficulties who needed his assessment to be carried out at home, rather than in an assessment centre, but had been told by Atos that there were no appointments available for six months.

    A relative was told to just “keep calling back” in case an appointment became available.

    Bolton said he was told by a colleague from Parkinson’s UK about a disabled person who made a new claim for PIP last April and only received their decision earlier this month, a wait of 11 months without the financial support they needed.

    Vicky Pearlman, social policy officer for Citizens Advice, said her organisation had “seen far too many examples” of claimants who had arranged home visits from Capita but no-one had turned up, with some claimants experiencing this three times.

    Some claimants have arrived at Atos assessment centres to be told there was no-one there to see them, she told the committee, sometimes having travelled up to 90 minutes via public transport.

    Margaret Hodge, the Labour chair of the committee, told of two women in her Barking constituency with terminal cancer who had been waiting six or seven months for an assessment.

    One woman applied in August, and last week, just days before the committee hearing, she was finally given a date for an assessment.

    The other woman applied in September 2013 and again had not heard anything until she was given a date for an assessment last week.

    Disability News Service:-
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/03/life-in-the-pip-queue-dwp-atos-and-capita-shamed-over-new-cases/

  15. Stepping Razor says:

    Disability News Service: – 21st March 2014

    Liars!’ MPs use DNS investigation to accuse Atos over PIP contract

    MPs have used evidence provided by Disability News Service (DNS) to accuse the outsourcing giant Atos of lying in the document it used to win a £184 million disability assessment contract.

    MPs have used evidence provided by Disability News Service (DNS) to accuse the outsourcing giant Atos of lying in the document it used to win a £184 million disability assessment contract.

    Members of the Commons public accounts committee were quizzing senior civil servants in the Department for Work and Pensions and top executives from Atos and Capita about the implementation of personal independence payment (PIP).

    But it was Lisa Coleman, an Atos senior vice president, who bore the brunt of the committee’s anger, thanks to concerns DNS had passed to the committee about the way the company won the contract to assess PIP claimants across London and the south of England.

    The concerns have been raised over the last 18 months in a joint investigation by DNS and the disabled journalist Richard Butchins.

    DNS supplied the committee’s chair, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, with the tender document used by Atos to win the contract, and copies of stories run by DNS.

    Atos – whose reputation has already been destroyed by its record in assessing people for out-of-work disability benefits – was confronted about the PIP contract concerns in public for the first time.

    Hodge – who was also briefed by Butchins earlier this week – accused Atos of lying in the tender document, including over a claim that it had agreements in place with 16 NHS trusts to carry out PIP assessments.

    Atos had won the contract by boasting of its “extensive” network of 16 NHS trusts, two private hospital chains, and four physiotherapy providers, all of which it said would provide sites where the PIP tests would take place.

    But in the months after the contract was awarded, all but four of the NHS trusts and both of the private hospital chains dropped out.

    Coleman told the committee that at the point the tender was written in 2012, it was too early to put agreements in place with NHS trusts and private healthcare providers.

    But the Conservative MP Richard Bacon then pointed out to Coleman that the tender document stated clearly that Atos did have these agreements in place.

    Coleman insisted that Atos “didn’t lie in that tender document”.

    Hodge pointed out to Coleman that the tender document states that the 22 partners had “contractually agreed” to provide assessment centres, with the document provided by DNS stating: “Each partner has contractually agreed to providing accommodation to the required specification.”

    She also quoted Freedom of Information Act responses obtained by Butchins that showed a string of the trusts denying they had ever had contractual agreements in place with Atos.

    Hodge said: “In the [tender] document, you misled DWP as to where you were in getting contractual agreements to be able to run the contract. You misled people, didn’t you, Miss Coleman?”

    Coleman denied Atos had misled DWP.

    Another Labour MP, Fiona Mactaggart, pointed out that Atos had stated in the tender that it had a network of 740 assessment sites across London and the south of England.

    But after the contract was signed, it only managed to secure 96 assessment centres, including not a single one covering a vast sweep of north London, and only one in Suffolk and one in Cambridgeshire.

    Because there are so many fewer centres, thousands of disabled people are facing delays in being assessed, and longer and more complicated journeys to reach their assessments, often by inaccessible public transport.

    Hodge told Coleman: “You were claiming in your tender documents that you were ready to go with 700-odd locations which would have been close to where people had to go [for assessments].

    “You hadn’t got those agreements… You’ve only managed to work with a quarter of the [NHS] trusts you named in the document.”

    Coleman admitted to the committee that only 40 per cent of claimants were travelling less than 45 minutes to reach their PIP assessment, with another 20 per cent of disabled people travelling less than 60 minutes.

    When pushed by the committee, she admitted that the remaining 40 per cent of claimants were taking more than an hour on public transport to travel to their assessment centre.

    Bacon pointed out that Atos had promised that between 75 and 90 per cent of claimants would be within 30 minutes of their assessment centre, with the others travelling less than an hour.

    Hodge, who was visibly furious with Coleman’s answers, also asked her: “It’s usual to lie in a tender document, is it, Miss Coleman?”

    Coleman denied Atos had lied and said it was “not unusual” for a tender document to be different from a contract that was agreed and signed later.

    The Labour MP Nick Smith also accused Coleman of lying, telling her: “It seems to me that you’ve been playing fast and loose with the truth.”

    Hodge told Robert Devereux, DWP’s permanent secretary, that Atos had stated in the tender document that it had a string of NHS trusts and private hospitals that had committed to carrying out PIP assessments.

    She said: “It has been put to me that DWP knew they didn’t have that… and that you suggested to them to put it in anyway because it would make the tender look better.”

    Devereux said: “I have not heard that allegation. I would be astonished if it were true. It’s not in my interests to have a supplier falsify information.”

    She told Devereux that Atos had won £750 million of DWP contracts since 2005, including PIP assessment contracts worth £207 million (to test claimants in Scotland and the north of England) and £184 million (the London and south of England contract).

    But she said that Atos had “walked away” from the contract to carry out work capability assessments.

    She said: “What on earth was going through the brain of people in DWP responsible for advising ministers on who to give contracts to, that you think Atos, who were failing in one area of work… would then be ready to provide an effective service [on PIP assessments], which they clearly haven’t, on another area?

    “What went through your brain? I just don’t get it.”

    Devereux said DWP had assessed the bids on “quality and price” and had decided that the Atos bids were “better” than those of its competitors, and he added: “We were making a judgment based on the bids in front of us.”

    But Hodge said: “It is the worst ad for using private contractors to deliver a public service. It’s awful, it’s awful. It’s a real dereliction right the way through.”

    Disability News Service:-
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/03/liars-mps-use-dns-investigation-to-accuse-atos-over-pip-contract/

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Published on 20 Mar 2014

      Atos accused of misleading government over how quickly it could process claims
      Outsourcing firm jointly tasked with rolling out new benefit for sick and disabled people faces public accounts committee

      Margaret Hodge
      Margaret Hodge also accuses the Department for Work and Pensions of overlooking discrepancies in Atos’ tendering document. Photograph: Richard Gardner/Rex

      The outsourcing giant Atos, one of two firms tasked with rolling out a new benefit for sick and disabled people, has been accused by a committee of MPs of misleading the government over how quickly it could process claims that has led to the distress of thousands of claimants.

      The chair of the public accounts committee, Margaret Hodge, said the firm had submitted a tendering document to administer personal independence payments (PIP) which claimed there were agreements in place to work with hospitals and physiotherapy centres.

      However, evidence obtained by the committee showed the document had “deliberately misled” the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), she said.

  16. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    MY ATOS REPORT, DONE BY NONE OTHER THAN A COMPLETELY GREEDY, UNCARING, EMMA BRODRICK, HAS SEEN ME EXISTING ON £32.32P SINCE LAST JULY……………..

    IT IS A COMPLETE CROCK OF SHIT AND LIES…………………

    I WAS SEEN TO SIT IN A CHAIR AND GET UP UNAIDED, YET I NEVER DID!

    WALK TO A COUCH, GET ONTO IT AND BE EXAMINED…….

    IT STATES “CLIENT DECLINED” WHEN ASKED TO DO 75 ACTIONS ……………

    CLIENT DECLINED TO BEND EITHER KNEE, BUT COULD STRAIGHTEN THEM OK……….

    ………..AND WAS SEEN TO STAND IN THE SAME PLACE USING HIS WALKING STICK FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXAMINATION…..

    ………………..AND THIS IS THE BASIS OF ME AND MY FAMILY LIVING IN ON A SHOESTRING…………………………….

  17. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ZERO POINTS AWARDED YET MANAGED TO ATTAIN OVER 15 AT ALL PREVIOUS EXAMINATIONS………………

    RATED BY DWP DOCTORS IN THE PAST AS, “NOT EXPECTED TO IMPROVE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE”

    DWP INFORMED BY EMMA BRODRICK HCP THAT I WOULD BE FIT FOR WORK WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF COMPLETING MY MEDICAL…….

    NOT BAD FOR SOMEONE DISABLED FOR LIFE, WHO FINISHED WORK DUE TO AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT AND IN RECEIPT OF INDUSTRIAL INJURIES BENEFIT…………………

  18. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    …………..if the DWP had gone on the RATED PEOPLE.COM WEBSITE, it would have saved so much hassle and thousands of lives………………..

    USE COWBOYS TO BUILD A HOUSE AND IT WILL PROBABLY FALL DOWN.

    USE COWBOYS TO ASSESS MEDICAL AILMENTS AND THEY BURY THEM HASTILY, PRETENDING THE MORTALITY FIGURES ARE NON EXISTENT…….

    IN THE THOUSANDS, IT SEEMS!

    THE DWP KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY TOOK ON ATOS, IT WAS A FRIENDSHIP MADE IN HEAVEN…….

    WE WILL PAY YOU MILLIONS AND IN RETURN WE EXPECT YOU TO PROVIDE DODGY MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS THAT WILL BE USED TO DENY BENEFITS……………..

    IT DOESN’T MATTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS BEING PROFICIENT OR QUALIFIED, WE WILL ARRANGE FOR A CERTIFICATE TO SUFFICE THAT IS ONLY RECOGNISED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

    “THE BMA WON’T DARE SPEAK OUT BECAUSE WE HAVE THEIR BOLLOCKS IN A VICE”

    ………….yet strangely, according to legislation, a GP cannot make a decision on a persons fitness to work, but they have been doing this………….

    “THE BMA IS ANOTHER TOOTHLESS TIGER THAT STANDS BACK AND SAYS FUCK ALL AS THE PATIENTS ARE LOADED INTO WOODEN CASKETS”

    HIPPOCRATIC OATH, MORE LIKE HYPOCRITICAL BASTARDS!

    ATOS ARE ALSO KNOWN BY MANY OTHER NAMES;

    ……EACH ASSOCIATED WITH DEATHS OF ESA VICTIMS, AS IT SEEMS, ARE THE BMA……………………

    MARVELOUS THING THIS SILENCE………..

    SPINELESS AT EVERY LEVEL,

    JUST ANOTHER COG IN THE DWP MURDER MACHINE……….

  19. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ………………WHAT A TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT TO THE DWP.

    THEY WROTE PAGE AFTER PAGE IN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION RELEASES, EXTOLLING THE VIRTUES OF THE PROFESSIONALISM OF ATOS HCP’S.

    WHAT THEY COULDN’T DO WAS NOBODY’S BUSINESS……………….

    THEY WERE SO HIGHLY TRAINED AND KNEW EVERYTHING THAT WAS RECORDED ON MEDICAL MATTERS.

    “THEY COULD BRING A CORPSE TO LIFE”

    PAGE AFTER PAGE ON THE MERITS OF THIS FANTASTIC “ATOS”,
    THE BE ALL AND END ALL OF DISABILITY KNOWLEDGE…..

    ……………………..AND NOW

    AS THE TWO MILES OF COFFINS (AT LEAST),HAVE SNEAKED INTO THE MEDIA, THE DWP HAVE DECIDED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES SO FAR AWAY FROM ATOS, EVEN TELLING THEIR OWN DECISION MAKERS NOT TO ACCESS ATOS MEDICAL INFORMATION UNTIL ALL OTHER AVENUES HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED!

    “FROM MEDICAL GODS TO MASS MURDERERS IN THE COURSE OF A HIDDEN CONTRACT”

    A CONTRACT HIDDEN FROM THE PRYING EYES OF THE PUBLIC FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, THE DISABLED WOULD BE DECIMATED BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT WORTHY OF ENJOYING A LIFE………………EXPENDABLE!

    IT SEEMS THE RAVINGS OF A LUNATIC AND THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS, SUCH AS UNUM, IS WORTH MORE THAN THE LIVES OF THOSE WITH A PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY.

    KEEP UP THE KILLING SPREE WHILE THE BMA PRETEND TO LOOK AWAY………………………..

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  21. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    B. M. A.

    BACKING MURDEROUS ATOS………………………

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      “Sticks and stones won’t break my bones”

      ………..but the collusion between the DWP, ATOS, THE BMA AND THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE, surely will….

      A perfect blend of rudimentary disability annihilation services,

      “A KILLING MACHINE”

  22. Stepping Razor says:

    Written Ministerial Statement

    Thursday 27 March 2014

    THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS

    Early exit of Atos from WCA contract

    The Minister for Disabled People (Mike Penning MP): The previous Government appointed Atos the sole provider for carrying out Work Capability Assessments in 2008. Since this Government inherited the contract to deliver the Work Capability
    Assessment, we have been committed to a process of continuous improvement.

    When this Government took over responsibility for the Work Capability Assessment we were concerned about the nature of the contract and the process we inherited from the previous Government. We immediately identified the need for considerable
    improvements and we undertook a series of reviews to improve the balance. When I took over responsibility, I decided to build on the work identified by my predecessors who engaged Professor Harrington, a respected Occupational Physician, to undertake the initial Independent Review. We have taken forward the recommendations from the three Harrington reviews and these have significantly improved the assessment.Today am I pleased to announce we are publishing our response to the first review by his successor Doctor Litchfield.

    My commitment to performance is why my department took immediate action last summer when we identified significant quality failures in the written reports produced by Atos following assessments.

    Today I am announcing that following detailed negotiations with Atos, the Government has reached a settlement for Atos to exit the contract to deliver Work Capability Assessments before it is due to end in August 2015.

    I am pleased to confirm that Atos will not receive a single penny of compensation from the taxpayer for the early termination of their contract, quite the contrary, I can also confirm that Atos has made a substantial financial settlement to the Department
    for Work and Pensions.

    It is important to outline that we have learnt from the mistakes of the last contract agreed by the previous government. We have negotiated an agreement covering the remaining term that is more robust, with an agreed performance regime that gives us
    confidence delivery goals will be achieved. It is that same commercial rigour that will underpin the new procurement for these services that I am announcing today.

    I will shortly be issuing a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking a new provider to deliver health and disability assessments including Work Capability Assessments. My Department will now withdraw the notice issued in the Official
    Journal of the European Union last September.

    To ensure protection for claimants and a smooth transition, I believe the most effective way to stabilise and then increase delivery is to bring in one national provider to deliver the Work Capability Assessment, initially using elements of the Atos infrastructure. In the longer term, I am committed to moving to multiple providers to increase competition. My department is committed to learning the lessons from these past failures and ensuring they are reflected in the design and management of future contracts, as well as the Department’s own commercial capability.

    The plan is for the new contract to be awarded later this year, with a view to the new provider taking responsibility for delivery of Work Capability Assessments by 2015. It is expected that the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment regulations
    will apply and most of the Atos employees will transfer to the new provider. The new provider should therefore be able to step into the contract without disrupting the service. My absolute priority for the new provider will be to deliver the best service
    possible for claimants, increase the volume of assessments carried out and reduce waiting times. In the meantime, we will focus on delivery of assessments for those making new claims and those who have changes in their condition.

    Atos is announcing today that the company will be withdrawing from delivery of Work Capability Assessments in Great Britain (Atos will continue to deliver these assessments under its separate contract in Northern Ireland). Atos will continue to
    deliver Personal Independence Payment assessments in two regions of Great Britain.

    Atos will continue to deliver Work Capability Assessments until contract exit and will be subject to a rigorous quality and service credit regime. To that end, I am appointing a remedial advisory team to work with the Atos Healthcare management during this
    period to assist Atos in meeting their contractual obligations, ahead of awarding the contract to a new provider. This is being accomplished with the full cooperation of Atos who will meet all related costs.

    There is strong evidence that work is good for physical and mental well-being, and that being out of work can contribute to poorer health and other negative outcomes. While we will always support people who genuinely cannot work, this Government is
    committed to getting as many people as possible into work. Notwithstanding the considerable improvements that we have had to make to the Work Capability Assessment process we inherited, our reforms mean that over 650,000 people are now
    looking for, or preparing for, work. I am committed to ensuring that the assessments are fair and accurate and, together with robust contract management, the recommendations made by Dr Litchfield in his independent review will help us continue to improve the Work Capability Assessment.

    • Stepping Razor says:

      “It is important to outline that we have learnt from the mistakes of the last contract agreed by the previous government. We have negotiated an agreement covering the remaining term that is more robust, with an agreed performance regime that gives us confidence delivery goals will be achieved. It is that same commercial rigour that will underpin the new procurement for these services that I am announcing today.”

      The ATOS contract was during the currant government 2010 or was that 2012 !!

    • Stepping Razor says:

      “The plan is for the new contract to be awarded later this year, with a view to the new provider taking responsibility for delivery of Work Capability Assessments by 2015. It is expected that the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment regulations will apply and most of the Atos employees will transfer to the new provider. The new provider should therefore be able to step into the contract without disrupting the service. My absolute priority for the new provider will be to deliver the best service possible for claimants,”

      Another failure then !!

    • Stepping Razor says:

      “There is strong evidence that work is good for physical and mental well-being, and that being out of work can contribute to poorer health and other negative outcomes. While we will always support people who genuinely cannot work, this Government is committed to getting as many people as possible into work. Notwithstanding the considerable improvements that we have had to make to the Work Capability Assessment process we inherited, our reforms mean that over 650,000 people are now looking for, or preparing for, work.”

      Mike Penning why do we need a WCA when you yourself are a qualified medical person telling people with disabilities & mental health to get a job & stop being lazy !!
      MIKE PENNING HAS DECIDED HE IS MEDICAL HEAVEN !!

      • Stepping Razor says:

        No mention of blaming Esther McVey or IDS just lying about who really signed the updated ATOS contract. Mike Penning your fired as a bullshitter !!

  23. stitchedupanbroken says:

    Many docs(not all)know what side their bread is buttered on. Schtum! Would you speak up for your patients when,if you do,yer gonna take on the DWP!…and lose yer £110,000 pa salary. “Daddy,why do I have to go to that awful smelly comprehensive school. I want playing-fields-with-swimming-pool-horse-riding-yachting-20-to-a-class-non-immigrant-well-connected Uppingham.” Would you do that to your kid? Mum aint gonna allow it! And if you were that high-idealed: you gonna watch your friends kids do well whilst your own become bottom-feeders. Nope. Sorry. This is the world that Thatcher created: everyone for themselves…and those at the top lick the cream off their claws.
    “They’re all in it together” The judicial courts,the docs…those with any responsibility. They swear their oaths but with the conviction of T Bliar. They will look the other way.

    Lets look at the old. They aint started on them yet. Lorry loads o onions are being delivered to Whitehall offices(staffed by toffs). When yer left alone and shafted by non-care…the toffs will be there with their hankies…and promises ‘lessons have been learnt’ Some comedian needs to do an act on it. Ya gotta laugh. In fact,even read o some accounts in Belsen of inmates havin’ a joke.
    No self disclosure: spoke up for patients and staff where once I worked. Had written a suicide note for meself! Nah! Wasn’t bright enuf: shooda known you just mouth the words of our mighty leaders…but not take ‘em at face value. The disabled and sick are the Expendables. Simples!

    The snouts-in-the-trough are now deeply embedded in the charity sector. Tally Ho!

    Mornin’ overwatchers!

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      In an effort to illustrate the levels of complicity, collusion and corruption within our government departments, you have to look no further than the frenzied cull of the disabled in the UK today……………

      This mornings news announced that a man, a single entity, had been arrested in Salford Manchester, on the suspicion of causing deaths and falsifying documents at Stepping Hill Hospital.

      One person has warranted an investigation into 3 deaths, yet DWP and the assassins they chose to do their dirty work, ATOS,walk away unscathed…………….

      Between them they have overseen the murders of countless, thousands of innocent people they perceived as a burden on the states purse.
      Not just any person at random, just the weakest, those most unlikely to fight back.
      Those who already had the burden of having a physical or mental ailment, namely the disabled.

      The state has all the evidence it needs to bring these natural born killers to justice, but so vast is the iron cordon of complicity, they seek to protect each other at every turn………………

      It has been recently reported that police have been actively shredding evidence that implicates them in years of corruption within the force. How becoming of them to seek to hide the evidence midway into an investigation.

      Ask yourselves, what is the difference between shredding evidence and withholding mortality statistics on those that have died due to welfare reforms?

      Suppression of evidence is a crime whichever way you look at it!

      We don’t need evidence to put ATOS, the COURTS SERVICE and the instigators, the DWP, in the dock.
      The evidence is listed amongst the coroners reports of those that succumbed to suicide or died within a short time frame of being found fit for work by unqualified charlatans masquerading as fully qualified health care professionals….

      Health Care Professional is an oxymoron in itself, they neither care or are professional and are not interested in your health, one iota…………………

      So the DWP are bent, as are the Police, the Courts and our MP’s and heads of government departments………

      You are governed by the most corrupt people in the world who have no thoughts for the people they are supposed to represent, secondary to the needs of the corporate multinationals who freely bestow them with gifts and promises, hidden from prying eyes.

      ………….A HUGE SEPTIC TANK THAT FEEDS FROM WESTMINSTER DOWNWARDS…….

      Who will be the new villain, killing the disabled as it feeds it’s greed from the souls of the departed?

      Money has no bounds when it comes to compassion, greed tramples everything in it’s path, a blind, one eyed carnivore that takes from the many to the pockets of the few………………

      THE KILLING WILL CONTINUE, ALBEIT IN A DIFFERENT NAME AND A DIFFERENT UNIFORM………….

  24. Jeremy says:

    i tried to post here last night and eventually gave up having waited for a very long time for the site to load properly. this is not the first time this has happened. it gets very frustrating, knowing the good work that goes on, but not being able to pass on info ………….

    all i was trying to say was that the independent claimed last night that atos have been sacked – but i don’t suppose it’s that important!”

  25. Stepping Razor says:

    Watching A4e – Thursday, 27 March 2014

    ATOS out, but secrets and spin remain

    We knew that ATOS were pulling out of their WCA contract, but the terms have now been agreed. Of course, we don’t know what those terms are; commercial confidentiality and all that. But Mike Penning, the minister, is obscuring matters even further by first insisting that “Atos will not receive a single penny of compensation from the taxpayer for the early termination of their contract. Quite the contrary, Atos has made a substantial financial settlement to the department,” and then, ““They haven’t pulled out actually, we’ve removed them from the contract. This is not them walking away.” But “sources close to the company” pointed out that, “People don’t usually pay a fine if they’ve been sacked.” In other words, Penning wants to talk tough and insist that it was the DWP which sacked ATOS, whereas we know that the company wanted out and was negotiating terms.
    The Independent says that the DWP is talking to Capita and Maximus with a view to them taking over the contract, but it’s felt that the government is going to have to pay a huge amount of money to get anyone to take it, since it only lasts until August next year. And Channel 4 News’ Factcheck blog has pointed out that the assessments, although carried out by the company, were devised by the DWP. Will they be changed?
    Atos says that anyone who has an appointment with them for an assessment must keep it, but they won’t be making any new appointments.

    Source: Watching A4e -
    http://watchinga4e.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/atos-out-but-secrets-and-spin-remain.html

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Toxic DWP WCA Contract £££ danger money every thing has gone up with the toxic DWP not £100 million a year but 400,000 a year with the new sub contractor. They don`t care about failures they still get paid 40,000 a year for the DWP`s stupid stance on the WCA & UNUM systems !! The DWP are bankrupting the country.

      • Stepping Razor says:

        DWP Preferred bidders history – from Sep 2012

        Ingeus Deloitte
        Seetec
        A4e
        Reed
        Maximus
        CDG
        Avanta
        Working Links
        Prospects
        Rehab Group
        JHP
        Intraining
        EOS
        Pertemps
        SERCO
        ESG
        BEST

        All dealing with the DWP have been failures !!
        DWP you can`t pick any of these companies now !!

        • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

          I’M QUITE SURPRISED THAT THE DWP HAVE NOT SOUGHT HELP TO REPLACE ATOS, FROM THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT.

          THERE HAS BEEN A SPATE OF ARRESTS RECENTLY OF PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH ATROCITIES COMMITTED IN NAZI EXTERMINATION CAMPS, SURELY THESE COULD MAKE A RECOMMENDATION?

          WE ALREADY HAVE BILL GUNNYEON AS THE THE CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE DWP, SURELY THE EQUIVALENT OF DOCTOR DEATH, JOSEF MENGELES……………….

          CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR, WHAT A FUCKING JOKE!!!

          WITH SO MANY DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO HIS EUGENICS CLEANSING MACHINE HE WOULD BE MORE SUITED TO AN ABATTOIR PRODUCTION LINE…………………..

          WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET, HE AND THE TWISTED STUDENTS OF THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, ASSISTED BY NONE OTHER THAN DAME CAROL BLACK, ARE THE SPRINGBOARD FOR ALL THE SHIT HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT.

          THEY ARE THE PUPPETS OF THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS, HELL BENT ON BRINGING DOWN THE NHS, BRICK BY BRICK………..

          THE TRAIL OF DEAD DISABLED, TO THEM, IS THE PRICE WORTH PAYING TO BRING ABOUT THIS TRANSITION.

          GREED, CORPORATE GREED, IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

          THESE PEOPLE ARE THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. THE ROTTEN APPLES THAT WILL BRING ABOUT THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS FOR A FEW ILL GAINED FAVOURS.

          THE ROAD TO THE CEMETERY IS A LONG ONE, BUT THIS GOVERNMENT AND IT’S HEINOUS OBJECTIVES WILL EXPEDITE THAT JOURNEY, TAKING NO PRISONERS ALONG THE WAY………..

          THEY ARE BEYOND CORRUPT……………………….

          “A FETID PILE OF STEAMING SHIT”

          • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

            Shouldn’t be too long before our our government tries to stop the mounting public dissatisfaction hitting the airwaves…………..

            Turkey’s prime minister is desperate to stop the public making outrageous suggestions that his inner circle is corrupt, shutting down twitter and youtube in a matter of days…………

            Dissent from those you ill treat is surely expected?

            Our government have everything to hide and nowhere to hide it, skeletons jumping out of cupboards at each and every turn!

            The BMA will do nothing to halt the cancer of legislation doctrines till it catches up with them.

            this will be sooner than later, as all their jobs are expendable and can be replaced by certificate holders with no real qualifications.

            In fact it is happening at this very minute, yet they are so thick they cannot see it!

            The touch paper has already been lit. Watch the fireworks as the fallout decimates tens of thousands of their privileged positions.

            Hopefully there will be no one to support their cause as they gave their allegiance to the enemy many moons ago…………..

  26. Humanity2012 says:

    Protests and Demonstrations Not Standing About like Super
    Glued Zombies is Essential for Social Justice and Caring
    plus an End to the I Am All Right Jack Mentality

  27. Humanity2012 says:

    The Protection of Welfare Benefits and their Levels Help For
    the Poor and Vulnerable Not Media Victimisation

  28. Stepping Razor says:

    From the ATOS Wiki page -

    Atos Healthcare:

    Atos paid no Corporation Tax at all in the UK in 2012.

    No data for 2013 – No Corporation Tax & 2014 !!

    Well DWP & ATOS you should update your Wiki page !!

  29. Stepping Razor says:

    The DWP are HOPING on no delays to finish PIP. The DWP will do anything, at any cost not to have delays. The DWP are that despirate for no delays. DWP can you trust your service provider [sub contractor] !! Put it another way – DWP do you have FAITH [DWP praying] in the new DWP service provider !! Since all Atos medical staff are going straight into the new service provider = smooth switch over !! So using the same medical staff the DWP think that the same WCA scandal won`t happen again. It`s called cutting corners at any cost. Life is not a word IDS understands in fraud, also fraud in misleading to cause fraud. A Criminal life of a criminal life. Corporate slander has to stop against the disabled. Judas could learn a thing or two off denial factories that like to eliminate disabled people & the word disabled for political correctness. In business the DWP & Atos would be classed as bullshitters from start to finish. So who has the worst reputation. Now back to business !! Laziness causes delays !! Work pays for no delays !! Catch phrase !! Things Can Only Get Worse – for the new election song run by puppets on strings. Patronising bastard I may be but there is no time for delays of the PIP rollout plan !! What makes you think your so special DWP in not having delays. Everyone one has caught the delay bug!! Hold on DWP you are getting ahead of yourself, you ain`t sorted out your new service provider yet DWP, or should I be saying that to Mike Penning [no lack of food there I see] !! What is so obvious is that Mike Penning is playing [gambling] with disabled peoples lives & death. Not even snakes & ladders, but a slaughter of disabled peoples human right as a human being !! Results in more delays & failures in a non common sense goal !! The resulting failures are plain to see with no concern for the disabled cash cows. Don`t bite the hands that feeds you, it will bite you back like a praying mantis because slavery of the disabled matters !! Deaf & dumb with sanctions & threats insulting the deaf & dumb, using a medical condition as a weapon & a tool like Thalidomide !! The UK is a rogue state that abuses its own human rights laws to control disabled people = the pay masters are the disabled that includes mental issues !!

    NO COMMON SENSE = NO COMMON SENSE WHY THERE IS DELATS – PIP IS DOOMED & IT TAKES ME SOME CLEAVER WRITTING TO PROOVE IT. THERE CAN`T BE DELAYS – YOU HAVING A LAUGH DWP PIP ROLL BACK & SCRAPPED WITH THE WCA !!

    SR

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      THIS IS A RESPONSE TO ME UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT;

      In response to your questions there is a requirement for each Healthcare Professional
      (HCP) to be approved to conduct medical assessments; this role is undertaken by the DWP
      Chief Medical Adviser (CMA) who is also a qualified Doctor who is registered with the
      General Medical Council.

      The CMA approves the HCPs employed by Atos Healthcare to carry out medical
      assessments, and separate approval is required for each benefit area in which the HCP is
      involved. Approval is dependent on strict recruitment criteria being satisfied, successful
      completion of all stages of their training process, as well as evidence of the HCPs
      satisfactory performance within the training course and ongoing demonstration that the
      HCPs work meets a satisfactory standard.

      If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
      above.

      Yours sincerely

      Business Management Team
      Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)
      ………………………………………………………………………….

      ………..MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE.

      WHY IS BILL GUNNYEON, THE DWP CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISOR, STILL IN A JOB???????????????????

  30. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    IN ANOTHER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST, THE DWP SENT ME THIS;

    In response to your questions 1 and 4, the Equality Act requires service providers, such as Atos,
    to make reasonable adjustments to take account of an individual’s disability when providing that
    service. Under the terms of their contract with DWP, Atos are required to ensure they remain
    compliant with Equality Laws and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

    Race, Disabiity and Gender Equality Scheme information can be accessed at the following link:

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/about-dwp/diversity-and-equality/dwp-equality-information/
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

    Yours sincerely

    Business Management Team
    Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)
    …………………………………………………………………………….

    MY QUESTION, AGAIN, IS SIMPLE;

    WHY ARE ATOS AND THE DWP BREACHING BOTH DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY LAWS BY FINDING DISABLED PERSONS, FIT FOR WORK, WHEN THEY CLEARLY ARE’NT?

  31. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    IF THIS IS THE CASE, WHY AM I ONLY BEING PAID £32.32P PER WEEK TO LIVE ON WHEN ADJUDGED TO BE DISABLED FOR LIFE?

    The European Convention of Human Rights does not give an automatic right to receive
    benefit. Where a State does provide benefits, there is no right to a particular amount. The
    Government has set the rate of benefits at an amount that it believes to be reasonable, and to
    ensure that no individual suffers destitution. This is compatible with the Convention.

    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

  32. PAULA says:

    BMA STANDS FOR “BEAST MONSTER ASSOCIATION”!

  33. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    Today saw the beginning of the inquiry into the unlawful killing of the 96 in the HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER……………

    THERE WAS LOTS OF TEARS SHED AS ALL THE NAMES OF THE DECEASED WERE READ OUT………………..

    IMAGINE HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS OF THE D.W.P. KILLING SPREE TO BE READ OUT.

    IT COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS JUDGING FROM THE SIZE OF THE HIDDEN MORTALITY RATES THAT ARE SET TO SOAR AS THE CRUEL VICTIMISATION OF THE POOREST AND WEAKEST TAKES ON A NEW MURDERER USING THE SAME STAFF……………

    THEY HAVE NO SHAME, JUST A HATRED OF DISABLED AND DESPERATE PEOPLE.

    EVEN MEDICAL REPORTS COLLATED BY CLAIMANTS G.P.’S AND SENT TO THE DWP ARE BEING CRIMINALLY IGNORED BY DECISION MAKERS WHO HOLD NO MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER.

    THEY LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL AT EACH AND EVERY TURN, THE COURT SYSTEM FIRMLY IN THEIR GRUBBY POCKETS…….

    OUT TURN WILL EVENTUALLY COME, BUT FOR MANY IT WILL BE TOO LATE, JUST ANOTHER CASUALTY OF THE UK EUGENICS PROGRAMME.

  34. brunz says:

    So 30 odd yrs I have been classed as disabled,mental health,anxiety,deppresion,self harm, overdoses,slashed wrists,scarred arms,fag burns on the backs off my hands,stabbed myself in the leg.not once have I been judged fit to work until I went to atos,0 points I can work /so 9mths later MY APPEAL WAS HEARD AND I WAS GIVEN 39PTS.my point being is in all those years as long as I didn’t bother anybody and took my tablets I was left to my own means I HAD TO GET BY IN THIS SHITTY LIFE THE HARD WAY.but now I want help,is it there? no chance!I want help because I don’t want to go through another appeal and wait mths to get some money.fix me,make me right,take my scars away.I want to work because you made me scared!

  35. Humanity2012 says:

    Shame on this who have had their Heads in the Sand about
    All the Murdered by Poverty Victims

  36. Humanity2012 says:

    This Year Mark’s The 85th Anniversary of Adolf Hitler Tyrant
    Saying at the 1929 Nazi Party Rally at Nuremberg
    ” That an Annual Removal of 700,000-800,000 of the Weakest
    of a Million Babies meant an Increase in the Power of the
    Nation and Not a Weakening ”

    Child Euthanasia is as Much an Outrage as Adult Euthanasia

  37. Humanity2012 says:

    According to Research in the Region of about 26,000 People
    fell Victim to the Nazi War on the Sick such as Action T4
    Action14f13 and Action Brandt

    There must be No more Deaths at the Hands of the Con Dem
    Nazi Attack on the Sick

    Britain have a Backbone instead of being a Nation of Dummies

  38. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    …………..IT SHOWED HOW MUCH OUR POLITICIANS THINK ABOUT THE POOR AND DISABLED.

    TODAY THERE WAS A PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ON THE USE OF SANCTIONS AGAINST CLAIMANT. AT ONE TIME I COUNTED ONLY NINE MP’S IN THE CHAMBER.

    THIS IS TRULY SHOCKING!

    A NORTHERN MP DID CATCH MY ATTENTION WHEN HE CONCLUDED THAT HISTORY WILL LOOK BACK ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THIS TIME, IN ABSOLUTE SHAME, HIGHLIGHTING THAT WE ARE BEING BOMBARDED WITH THE EVILS FROM TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO THAT WERE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE POOR LAWS.

    IT’S A PITY THIS OPINION IS NOT SHARED BY THOSE WHO FAILED TO TURN UP FOR DEBATE.

    BY VIRTUE OF THEIR ABSENCE, THEY OBVIOUSLY SUPPORT THE EVIL THAT IS NOT JUST THRUST UPON THE CLAIMANTS THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO ON THEIR PARTNERS AND CHILDREN.

    IN OTHER WORDS, THE SANCTION IS NOT ONLY AIMED AT THE PERSON GETTING THE SANCTION, BUT INDISCRIMINATELY PENALISES THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES…………..

    CRUELTY HAS NO BOUNDS TO MEMBERS OF THE TOTALLY UNCARING PCS UNION MEMBERS WHO WOULD RATHER FULFILL TARGETS SET BY THEIR SUPERIORS, THEN SIT BACK AND READ OF THEIR IGNORANCE IN THE OBITUARY COLUMNS…….

  39. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYBODY”

    TODAY WHEN LISTENING TO THE NEWS ON THE RADIO, IT WAS STATED, THAT THE SPONSORS OF THE FORTHCOMING GAMES IN SCOTLAND…………………….

    NOT ONE MENTION OF ATOS, THEY HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED TO THE HISTORY BOOKS AS THE DWP’S PRIVATE ASSASSINATION SQUAD,

    AS WILL THOSE WHO SEEK TO PICK UP THE GAUNTLET AND CARRY ON THE DISABILITY MURDERS!!

    BE PROUD, YOU HAVE GOT RID OF THOSE THAT ABET, NOW FOR THE TRUE KILLERS, THE DWP AND IT’S TWISTED CHILDREN, THE PCS UNION MEMBERS.

  40. Humanity2012 says:

    Politician’s leave a Lot to be Desired but then so the Despicable
    General Public who are Selfish Ignorant and Brainwashed by
    Evil Media Propaganda about the Poor and Vulnerable as
    ” Scroungers ” when it is Really MPS on the Expenses Gravy
    Train who are the Real Scroungers

    Too many Oblivious Un Caring Townies and Sweet Fine All
    in the Way of Protests For Social Justice

    Townie Brainwashed Blockheads

  41. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    LET’S KICK AWAY THEIR CRUTCHES,
    IGNORE THEIR PAINS AS WELL,
    CONGRATULATE TRIBUNALS,
    AND SEND THEM OFF TO HELL….

    SELECT SOME NEW ASSASSINS,
    THOUGH ATOS DID IT’S BEST,
    PLENTY MORE NEED MURDERING,
    WITH A TICK BOX KIND OF TEST….

    BILL GUNNYEON AND CAROL BLACK,
    ENABLED WELFARE KILLING,
    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, MCVEY AND FREUD,
    BUTCHERS THAT WERE WILLING…..

    IN CEMETERIES AND ORNATE URNS,
    YOU LEAVE YOUR TWISTED BRAND,
    COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF DEAD VICTIMS,
    THAT IS GETTING OUT OF HAND………..

    CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER COMES EASY,
    WHEN UNUM PULLS THE STRINGS,
    OF IT’S PUPPETS IN THE GOVERNMENT,
    THE MURDER WELFARE KINGS…………

    ALWAYS LOOK BEHIND YOU,
    YOUR ILL DEEDS SEEM TO SAY,
    WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU TOMORROW,
    FOR CRIMES YOU DID TODAY…….

    YOUR VICTIMS SING FROM ONE HYMN SHEET,
    WE WANT YOU BASTARDS CAUGHT,
    FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY,
    AND THE TERROR THAT YOU BROUGHT………

    SO, CARRY ON YOUR HEINOUS CULL,
    OF THOSE TOO WEAK TO FIGHT,
    THE TRAIL OF DEATH THAT YOU INSPIRED,
    IS STARTING TO COME TO LIGHT………..

  42. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    Just received a letter from one of the DWP’s little Hitler’s, the disability denial section officer, MICHELLE LOVIE of Bradford…..

    After submitting more evidence for my upcoming ESA tribunal,in which i gave them one of their own doctors reports that stated i was “incapable of all work”.

    Strangely, LOVIE replied;

    “It is entirely possible that a claimant may be passed unfit for work under the Personal Capability Assessment but be found capable of work under Work Capability Assessment”

    This is complete gobbledygook, having one purpose only, to steal your disability benefits……………….

    In my further medical submissions to the ESA tribunal, i asked what medical qualifications the DWP DECISION MAKER had.
    LOVIE replied;
    “I submit that in selecting descriptors for the physical and mental activities the decision maker has considered all the available evidence but preferred the recommendations of the Health Care Professional (EMMA BRODRICK),since it is a functional assessment made by a qualified medical practitioner who is experienced in carrying out assessments and who is independent of the decision making authorities and is disinterested in the outcome of the claim”

    This reply speaks for itself, THE DECISION MAKERS AT DWP HAVE NO MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER!!!

    ……………at the end of my letter, it states;

    “The healthcare professional acknowledged that he suffers from back problems, rheumatoid arthritis,a hearing problem and a bladder problem”
    I submit that the decision maker considered all the available evidence when making their decision and in doing so agreed with the Health care professional’s (EMMA BRODRICK),recommendations and did not award any points………….”

    “IS THERE ANY WONDER THAT DISABLED PEOPLE ARE BEING DRIVEN TO SUICIDE WHEN THESE BASTARDS AT THE DWP GET AWAY WITH SHIT LIKE THIS?”

  43. jay says:

    I submitted the following point in my appeal;
    “The HCP is not qualified to diagnose my illness so what makes her and the DWP stooge decision maker qualified to say how my illness affects me.”
    What makes them the experts on an illness they do not suffer from?
    The supposed Doctor at my tribunal nearly fell off her chair when I again stated this.
    They have no idea what it’s like or what I am going through yet they are able to judge my capabilities for work neatly overriding what my GP and consultant say.
    Doctors that are more highly qualified and have longer experience than any Atos quackpot with their new ways of looking at disability.
    A statement that they are fond of which suits their twisted money grabbing ideology.
    There are no new ways of looking at disability. It is what it is and to have so called experts who have no illness or disability mouthing off and making life changing decisions about something they have never experienced is stomach churning to say the least

  44. Humanity2012 says:

    It is Not the UnderDog’s Fault for being a Under Dog

    It is the Oppressor’s Fault for being an Oppressor

  45. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “THE KILLING SPREE OF THE DWP AND ATOS CLAIM ANOTHER DISABLED VICTIM”

    A disabled man died penniless when he lost his benefits after being judged fit to work.

    Robert Barlow died last November aged 47 while suffering from a heart defect and brain tumour.

    He was deemed fit to work by benefits assessors Atos despite doctors at the time urging him to have a heart transplant – he passed away less than two years later.

    Now his family and Labour MP Luciana Berger want the Government to learn lessons from this tragic case.

    His aunt Joan Westland, 85, said: “I don’t know how they expected him to work. Nobody would have loved to work more than him but he simply couldn’t.”

    University of Liverpool graduate Mr Barlow, from Wavertree , worked as a Government scientist but gave up his job nine years ago when diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy, a weakness or failure of the heart muscle.

    By the end of his life he could not walk, struggled to read due to poor eyesight and often fell over, smashing his teeth on one occasion.

    Doctors eventually gave Mr Barlow a year and a half to live and recommended a heart transplant.

    He was often in and out of hospital during his final months. He never married or had children.

    Mrs Westland said: “Robert said he wouldn’t have the heart transplant. He had no commitments and thought it would be better if there was a heart for it to go to somebody else.

    “We tried to talk him into having the operation but he wouldn’t do it.”

    Mr Barlow, born in Wallasey , was given a fitness-to-work test by Atos in January 2012 and his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was stopped three months later. He also lost the right to free NHS prescriptions.

    Mrs Westland said: “Robert was dying and he accepted that. I feel he should have been left to enjoy what little time he had left.”

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says Mr Barlow initially challenged the decision to stop his benefits but the appeal was withdrawn because, according to Mrs Westland, he felt too ill to fight the case.

    “Robert had very little money on benefits and nothing at all when his money was stopped,” his aunt said. “I know there are scroungers but he was not one of them.”

    Paying tribute, Mrs Westland continued: “He was a trained classical pianist, he could cook and he had a beautiful sense of humour.

    “He loved cricket and was very knowledgeable about lots of subjects. He loved Beethoven and had an extensive collection of records.

    “But he got so ill that by the end he couldn’t play the piano any more. He had a bad left eye so reading became difficult.

    “I want these fitness-to-work tests to stop because I don’t want other people going through the same trauma. Robert was very, very distressed after his Atos assessment.”

    Mr Barlow died after never regaining consciousness following a fall at home – just seven months after his mother passed away.

    Wavertree MP Ms Berger, a shadow health minister, raised his tragic story in the House of Commons last month.

    Since then Atos has quit its £500m contract and ministers are looking for a new provider.

    Ms Berger told the Sunday ECHO: “It’s not enough to change the provider. The whole process needs to be totally redesigned.

    “My constituent is someone who lost his life at a time when his ESA was suspended.

    “He was too sick to appeal the decision and died while he had no access to benefits.”

    A DWP spokesman said: “We have followed the correct procedures in the processing of this benefit claim. People have the right to appeal a decision, but if the appeal is withdrawn we cannot continue with processing the claim.”

    Wirral West Tory MP and Employment Minister Esther McVey previously defended the fit-to-work tests, saying: “Our reforms will make sure the billions we spend every year give more targeted support.”

  46. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “whilst the british medical association sit back, scratch their arses and do absolutely bugger all, the disabled fall like dominoes……….

    maybe it’s due to a secret deal they struck with the government…

    sit back, say fuck all and we won’t lean on you!

    SEEMS PLAUSIBLE TO ME, SOMETHING BOUGHT THEIR SILENCE….

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      “ONE LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO A COINCIDENCE, BUT COUNTLESS THOUSANDS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE, IT IS A KILLING SPREE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS”

      “CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER”

    • stitchedupanbroken says:

      It’s the thought that the Government can(and would)allow in x thousand European docs from the continent! Think about it: most European docs can speak their own language plus several others…and,of course English. Through ratification all med qualifications can/are made equal. The equation goes something like this. HMG to docs: shut it and keep it shut. Yer on good £,too much in fact. Go along with our plans if you don’t want aggro. You do…and we let in and authorize the docs from the poor states of Europe. (I did read our docs are paid x3 the rate of pay of other docs in Europe)
      Also: with our now multi-racial multi-ethnic multi-religious country…wouldn’t employing more foreign docs make sense? The GMC/BMC know this…and fear it.
      Also: who cares about what care/medical attention is given to the plebs: the Toffs buy their own care from experts. They’ll have a battery of tests for an acne spot. For us,one lung half-functioning is of ‘no concern’…in fact,yer fit for work!!

  47. AL says:

    Taken from ‘the nef blog’ I think it’s worth a gander.

    ‘The government’s confidence on welfare reform is clear to see. They have gone about it with remarkable zeal and speed. They congratulate themselves for the scale and reach of their efforts. Yet this confidence is wholly without empirical grounds. IDS said it himself, the governments reforms are not based on evidence based policy; they are based on the ‘belief’ that they are right.
    Given the scale of reform, and the associated human, social and economic costs that our research today shows, this is some leap of faith indeed.’   

    Is this any comfort to know that despite individual suffering, IDS believes he is right? I guess to achieve such a moral mission it matters not the suffering of others, or the lies that need to be told to achieve the goal. Or even the cost to the tax payer and the economy!!

    And if he’s wrong? Another government can attempt to clear up the mess.

    the nef blog ‘New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet.’

    It cheered me a little to read their work.

  48. stitchedupanbroken says:

    Have just read the report on Mr Barlow’s demise. Shame on IDS. Wot a bxxxxrd! Milking from the trough…and even supporting Miller.
    My thoughts and ‘prayers’ to Mr Barlow. Conned,traduced and let down by the fat and greedy cats of Westminster and their chums. I would respect them if they flew the Swastika from Westminster…might even volunteer to clean their jackboots,here at HQ they could seen as honest and open.

    I would love to believe in Greater Good,but even this has been taken away from me. An Eton toff reigns at Canterbury. Now he has his son employed by the Great Beast 666 Bliar. Yup! They’re all in it together,supping from Lucifers Hog Trough. Yeh,your rep on earth for JC who has a direct line to his Dad is now nesting and collecting £££££. Even prayers are being taken from us.

    Kinnocks son: at the Hog Trough. Now Jack Straws son. Networking… John Prescotts son…tryin’ to get to the Trough. Can’t get info on the Tory elite children linin’ up to fill their guts on graft…edited out by papers puppet-masters.

    In honesty,IDS should be presented with an Iron Cross for the work he has done for government and industry in weedin’-out and killing injured and disabled folk. Would luv to see him presented with the commemorative medal on the box. A very evil,nasty man. But bet he sleeps like a top! And at the end of every day…he fills in his expenses forms…

  49. Humanity2012 says:

    Social Justice and Social Decency

  50. Stepping Razor says:

    Fuck politics it`s useless & corrupt !! Politics is not the answer, common sense is. 1,600 jobs sacked at royal mail. Work pays the shareholders & now work don`t pay benefits. Toff toffs toffee apples.

  51. Stepping Razor says:

    THE RICH WILL SURVIVE & THE POOR SHALL PERISH.

    The new political slogan.

  52. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “THE STAGGERING MORTALITY RATES HAVE FORCED A U TURN, IT SEEMS, BUT DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH”

    Apr 07, 2014 10:19
    By Dailyrecord.co.uk

    UNPOPULAR face-to-face interviews are to be axed as part of a Government shake-up of their Work Capability Assessment following recommendations set out by a chief medical officer recruited to review WCA testing.
    Dr. Paul Litchfield has branded the face-to-face interviews a waste of time

    DEMEANING interviews designed to force sick and disabled people back to work are set to be scrapped after experts branded them a waste of time.

    The unpopular face-to-face interviews will be sidelined in a shake-up of the Government’s ­controversial work capability assessment.

    The move aims to streamline the application process, address a huge backlog of claims, reduce the number of appeals and cut taxpayers’ costs.

    If the plan goes ahead, the system would mean less input from companies such as Atos, who last month pulled out of a £500million contract to carry out WCA tests. The new system would give a bigger role to civil servants who will gather written evidence from applicants and their doctors.

    The plan follows recommendations made by Dr Paul Litchfield, chief medical officer at BT, who was asked by the Government to review the WCA process.

    In his 100-page report, he blamed the face-to-face tests for delays in processing claims. The Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Expediting the process will reduce the uncertainty faced by claimants, improve outcomes for those not eligible for employment and support allowance and reduce the consequent burden on taxpayers.”

    Four out of five applicants currently have to attend interviews in which they are asked intimate details in order to assess if they are fit to work.

    Labour MP Tom Greatrex, a fierce critic of Atos, said he still has reservations about any new scheme.

    He added: “The WCA process hasn’t worked for years and the Government have failed to address it.

    “The experience is demeaning, causes anxiety and 40 per cent of the tests are overturned on appeal which demonstrates it’s not fair or accurate.”

  53. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH AT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BECAUSE THEY WILL USE YOUR OWN GP TO ACTIVELY DENY YOUR BENEFITS……………..

    THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF DEALING WITH A CHARGE OF CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER AND HAVE USED LITCHFIELD TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, RATHER THAN IDS OR MCVEY.

    THEY ARE TOTAL COWARDS, I HOPE THAT THEY ARE CHALLENGED FROM ALL SIDES AND MADE TO PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST THE DISABLED COMMUNITY.

    ONCE AGAIN, YOUR VOICES HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT CHANGE.

  54. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “IF 41% OF 400 ATOS MEDICAL REPORTS WERE FOUND TO BE BELOW THE ACCEPTABLE STANDARD, BY AN AUDIT ORDERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, WHY WERE THEY ALLOWED TO CONTINUE,
    UNCHALLENGED TO STEAL BENEFITS?”

    Atos to lose monopoly after ‘flawed and unacceptable’ disability benefit assessments

    More than 40 per cent of the reports 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.”

  55. Stepping Razor says:

    Because of their own admittance the WCA failed that`s means all WCA results are invalid – Not Worth The Paper They Are Written On. The contradiction of which way round you want to put it WCA Scrapped. Clearly the government think the medical profession run the DWP & not Mike Penning & IDS who just blame atos. The problem is the DWP [who runs that!!] thought it would take 30 years of uncovering cover ups, like yet another report. Who chose to use WCA ? Not atos but the DWP [who runs & runs the DWP !!!] Common sense can not be covered up otherwise it`s chaos. So the DWP are in chaos, still no common sense. Run DWP rabbit run run run !! Dozey Work Programme !!
    Next on the list after scrapping the WCA is ……………. Already done.

    SR

  56. Stepping Razor says:

    Civil servants deployed to help Capita clear PIP assessments backlog

    Demand for face-to-face evaluations for disability benefit has overwhelmed company contracted to carry them out

    The Guardian, Sunday 6 April 2014

    Ministers have been forced to intervene and deploy civil servants to shore up a private company struggling to clear a backlog of medical assessments for payments to tens of thousands of terminally ill, sick and disabled people.

    In a letter leaked to the Guardian, a senior civil servant says the “one-off” step will be taken because Capita is failing to process the recently introduced personal independence payment (PIP) claims in time.

    The benefit, worth between £21 and £134 a week, is meant to cover transport, care and other costs associated with being seriously sick or disabled. Waiting times for assessment have been so long that in some cases people with terminal conditions have died before receiving a penny.

    Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, said his new PIP system would be fairer than the old disability living allowance (DLA). Under DLA, he said, people went years and years without being able to get the right support for their condition. With PIP, Duncan Smith said, many more people would get face-to-face assessments and the right sort of help.

    However, the demand for face-to-face evaluations has overwhelmed the company contracted to carry them out – so much so that the DWP may cut back on such assessments to reduce waiting times.

    In a letter dated 20 March, DWP staff were told they would be drafted in for a “one-off exercise” to clear Capita’s backlog. Work to reduce “the current backlog to a normal level of work … was now moving at pace”, the letter said.

    It added: “Ministers have also been very clear that they see the need to drive up PIP performance to an acceptable level as a key priority for the department.”

    In one of three steps to be trialled, the department will cut down on face-to-face referrals by getting its own staff to determine whether people are eligible for PIP using paper-only evidence.

    “We are also considering whether DWP case managers could make more decisions earlier in the journey before formal referral” to Capita, the letter said.

    The DWP confirmed that a pilot of paper-based decisions was starting in Wales and Bootle, but said it had always stated that if the case laid out in paper submissions was straightforward, not everyone would need a face-to-face interview with a medical professional.

    PIP has already been criticised by the National Audit Office, which said in February that a backlog of 92,000 claims had built up and that people were facing “distress and financial difficulties” because of mismanagement by civil servants as well as Atos and Capita.

    Last year the coalition disability minister Mike Penning said those diagnosed with illnesses such as terminal cancer would not have to wait longer than seven days to receive extra state aid. Asked why he had not imposed formal targets on Capita and Atos, Penning said he would use his “size 10 boots” to enforce the desired wait times.

    Following sustained criticism of their work, last month Atos confirmed it was departing early from another contract similar to PIP. Duncan Smith told the Marr show that Atos would be paying reparations for their failures on the work capability assessment contract.

    “We have now actually asked them [Atos] to go, to leave. They didn’t ask us to go, we have asked them. And we will not pay a penny for that. They will actually pay reparations for failure to achieve what they were meant to achieve. The taxpayer will not be out of pocket.”

    Mark Serwotka, head of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which represents frontline DWP staff, said such benefit assessments should not have been outsourced in the first place.

    “We have consistently said these sorts of services should be in-house, private companies have no place in providing them and have failed time and again. The DWP needs to invest in staff and resources to ensure disabled people get the support they need and deserve,” he said.

    Capita said it was dealing with the situation by “taking on extra staff, including healthcare professionals, and extending the hours for carrying out assessments”.

    It said: “We continue to deliver the assessments in a fair and objective way, providing high-quality reports to allow the Department to make its decision, and giving people the time they need to tell us how their disability affects them.”

    A DWP spokesperson said: “Ministers are committed to driving up PIP performance and we’re in regular contact with our providers to do this, as you would expect.

    “We’ve always said that where claimants have enough evidence they won’t need to be seen in person. However, the majority of people will continue to have face-to-face assessments under the new benefit this government introduced, unlike the old system of disability living allowance where only around 6% were seen.”

    Source: -
    theguardian-
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/06/civil-servants-capita-pip-assessments-backlog

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      In an effort to manage production targets from the demise of ATOS, the DWP must be surely contemplating handing some of their unfinished work to DIGNITAS, in Switzerland…..

      Unpublished mortality rates due to the Welfare reforms, backed by our monarch, the Queen, have helped the DWP to consider different options of disposing of the disabled and poor who hinder economic growth.

      It has even been suggested that the DWP may consider apologising ahead of the deaths of the many who are due to succumb, in an effort to face the problem before it arises.

  57. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    THERE ARE FOUR MAIN REASONS FOR THE DWP TO SUSPEND WCA ASSESSMENTS AND THEY HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH LITCHFIELD’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN WHICH HE SAID THEY WERE A WASTE OF TIME………….

    THE FIRST AND FOREMOST REASON TO SUSPEND WAS THE HUGELY EMBARRASSING MORTALITY FIGURES WHICH THEY STILL REFUSE TO RELEASE……….

    SECONDLY IS THE QUALITY OF REPORTS DONE BY GROSSLY UNQUALIFIED CHARLATANS PARADING AS EXPERTS WHEN THEY ARE HOLDERS OF A GOVERNMENT CREATED CERTIFICATE RECOGNISED BY NONE OTHER THAN THE SECRETARY OF STATE…….

    THIRDLY, ATOS LIED ABOUT THEIR CAPABILITIES AND GAVE FALSE INFORMATION DURING THE TENDERING PROCESS RESULTING IN A BACKLOG OF CLAIMS AND CLAIMANT’S IN DIRE STRAITS RESULTING IN SUICIDES…………….

    FOURTHLY, THE GOVERNMENT ARE AWARE OF THE ADVERSE PUBLICITY THAT HAS RESULTED IN COMPLAINTS SURROUNDING HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES.
    BLACK TRIANGLE AND OTHER GROUPS HAVE LED THE FIELD IN LETTING THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOW THE ATROCITIES THAT HAVE BEEN UNLEASHED BY AN UNCARING GOVERNMENT WHO SOUGHT TO PUNISH THOSE LESS ABLE TO FIGHT BACK.

    EACH AND EVERY ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DWP IS JUST ANOTHER CROCK OF LIES, A DECEIT TO COVER IT’S HEINOUS CRIMES.

  58. Stepping Razor says:

    The DWP don`t learn still using Health Care Professionals that have no medical or health credentials whatsoever. Are the Civil Servants being roped in to help Capita`s back log called Health Care Professionals !! Until Health Professionals are scrapped the same mistakes = failures will happen again & again. PIP Pipped to the post of failures.

    SR

  59. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    ONE MUST WONDER IF THE SIGNIFICANT RISES IN THE INCIDENCE OF SCARLET FEVER WITHIN THE UK HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CUTS TO WELFARE……….

    MALNUTRITION HAS BECOME MORE COMMON AS PEOPLE STARVED OF BENEFITS ARE LIVING ON THE BREADLINE AS TAKING UP FOOD BANKS AS A SOURCE OF NOURISHMENT.

    GENERALLY I HAVE SEEN A HUGE DROP IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY AVAILABLE ON OUR HOUSING ESTATES, COULD THIS BE THE CAUSE?

    PEOPLE ARE BEING DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES BY THE THOUSANDS, EVICTIONS AND REPOSSESSIONS ARE SKY HIGH AND THE NHS IS BEING SYSTEMATICALLY ROBBED OF IT’S FUNDING TO PROMOTE PRIVATISATION.

    IT’S ALL TO EASY TO LAUGH SCARLET FEVER OFF AS SOME SORT OF NATURAL BLIP, I HONESTLY BELIEVE THERE IS A LINK TO AUSTERITY AND THE ENFORCED SHORTAGE OF HEALTHCARE PROVISION.

    “WE ARE SPEEDING UNCONTROLLABLY BACK TO THE DARK AGES INSTEAD OF PROGRESSING TO THE NEXT CENTURY”

    IT’S NO GOOD HAVING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IF IT IS ONLY GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE ELITE WHILST OTHERS ARE FIGHTING TO SUSTAIN LIFE……………..

    THE UK HAS BECOME A HUGE CROCK OF SHIT MIRED IN CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS.

    FUCK OFF MARIA MILLER, YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM THE LIKES OF THE SO CALLED PEASANTS THAT I KNOW………

    IN THE MEANTIME, HOW ARE THE SECRET MORTALITY RATES DOING?

    YES THE ONES THAT ACTIVELY DESCRIBE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE GOVERNMENTS SUSTAINED BLOODBATH OF THE WEAKEST……………………

    YOU CAN HIDE BUT ALL THE SEPTIC IS GOING TO BE SQUEEZED FROM THE CANCEROUS SORE OF WESTMINSTER.

  60. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “HOW COME DR PAUL LITCHFIELD WAS ELECTED TO DELIVER AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF WCA, WHEN HE IS FAR, FAR, FROM BEING INDEPENDENT”

    Dear John Wood,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 1st March 2013 in which you
    ask:

    “Dr Paul Litchfield will replace Professor Malcolm Harrington, but will continue to work as Chief
    Medical Officer and Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for BT, a post he has held since
    2001, He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational
    Medicine for which he is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee.

    The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) is also a member of the Faculty of the Royal
    College of Physicians, The FOM works as a partner with the Royal College of Physicians on
    the support and management of Occupational Medicine Qualifications receiving sponsorship
    from Atos and has received grants from the Dept. of Health. In 2006 Dr Paul Litchfield was a
    member of the Mental Health Technical Group who were involved in proposals to ‘transform’
    the old Personal Capability Assessment, and recently was co-author of the DWP sponsored
    independent review “Realising ambitions: he is also a member of the aptly named Fit For Work
    Coalition.

    Occupational health services serving more than 1,000,000 Government and private employees
    had achieved SEQOHS accreditation by October 2012. this is managed by the Royal College
    of Physicians (RCP) on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM). Staff working
    for some of the country’s biggest employers are receiving occupational health advice and
    support from accredited services; this includes 1,000,000 staff looked after by ATOS
    healthcare,

    As Dr Paul Litchfield is a member of these organisations which also has close connections with
    the DWP and other organisations who could benefit financially and strengthen their position
    from any proposals……

    A- Please supply details of the guidance to be followed when selecting candidates for such
    reports, in particular with regards to independence and impartiality.

    B- Please supply the guidance to be adopted, to provide safeguards against bias and
    predetermination in the making of such reports.

    C- Please provide a full list of other involvements, interests and connections that Dr Paul
    Litchfield has with the DWP and Atos?”

    In answer to questions A and B: the Department does not hold the requested information; the
    specified guidance documents do not exist. However, Dr Litchfield will undertake his review in
    accordance with Terms of Reference (to be agreed) and his work will be overseen by an
    independent Scrutiny Group whose role will include ensuring the reviewer maintains his
    independence.

    In answer to question C: Dr Litchfield currently has no other involvements, interests or
    connections with the DWP or Atos.

    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.

    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

  61. Stepping Razor says:

    Cambridge microbiologist Robert Barlow dies penniless in Liverpool after his benefits were withdrawn – despite him needing a new heart

    Written by SIMON WALTON – Wednesday 09 April 2014 Cambridge-news

    disabled man died penniless when he lost his benefits after being judged fit to work – despite being so ill doctors said he needed a new heart.

    Robert Barlow died last November aged 47 while suffering from a heart defect and brain tumour.

    The classically trained pianist – who worked for years as a microbiologist in Cambridge – was deemed fit to work by benefits assessors Atos, even though doctors at the time urged him to have a heart transplant.

    He passed away less than two years later.

    Now Mr Barlow’s Cambridge family and Labour MP Luciana Berger want the Government to learn lessons from this tragic case.

    His aunt Joan Westland, 85, of Cherry Hinton, said: “I don’t know how they expected him to work. Nobody would have loved to work more than him, but he simply couldn’t.”

    Mr Barlow worked as a Government scientist for Defra in Cambridge for around 15 years, living in Tiverton Way.

    But he gave up his job nine years ago when diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy, a weakness or failure of the heart muscle, and moved back to his native Liverpool.

    By the end of his life he could not walk, struggled to read due to poor eyesight and often fell over, smashing his teeth on one occasion.

    Doctors eventually gave Mr Barlow a year-and-a-half to live and recommended a heart transplant.

    He was often in and out of hospital during his final months.

    Mrs Westland, who received the British Empire Medal after a career in charge of the switchboard at the government offices in Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge – where her nephew also worked – said: “Robert said he wouldn’t have the heart transplant.

    “He had no commitments and thought it would be better if there was a heart for it to go to somebody else. We tried to talk him into having the operation but he wouldn’t do it.”

    Mr Barlow, who was born in Wallasey, Liverpool, was given a fitness-to-work test by Atos in January 2012 and his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was stopped three months later.

    He also lost the right to free NHS prescriptions.

    Mrs Westland added: “Robert was dying and he accepted that. I feel he should have been left to enjoy what little time he had left.”

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says Mr Barlow initially challenged the decision to stop his benefits but the appeal was withdrawn – because, according to Mrs Westland, he felt too ill to fight the case.

    “Robert had very little money on benefits and nothing at all when his money was stopped,” his aunt said. “I know there are scroungers but he was not one of them.”

    “I want these fitness-to-work tests to stop because I don’t want other people going through the same trauma. Robert was very, very distressed after his assessment.”

    Mr Barlow died after a fall at home, just seven months after his mother passed away.

    Since then Atos has quit its £500m contract to carry out fit-to-work tests and ministers are looking for a new provider.

    Wavertree MP Ms Berger, a shadow health minister, raised Mr Barlow’s tragic story in the House of Commons last month. She said: “It’s not enough to change the provider. The whole process needs to be totally redesigned.

    “My constituent is someone who lost his life at a time when his ESA was suspended.

    “He was too sick to appeal the decision and died while he had no access to benefits.”

    A DWP spokesman said: “We have followed the correct procedures in the processing of this benefit claim. People have the right to appeal a decision, but if the appeal is withdrawn we cannot continue with processing the claim.”

    Source:
    Cambridge-news: -
    http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Cambridge-microbiologist-Robert-Barlow-dies-penniless-in-Liverpool-after-his-benefits-were-withdrawn-despite-him-needing-a-new-heart-20140409063051.htm

  62. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    WE HAVE ALL BEEN TO THE DARK SIDE. THE SIDE WHERE YOU DON’T WANT TO, GO BUT ARE FORCED THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN………..

    WHEN YOUR DISABILITY BENEFITS ARE STOLEN, YOU ARE DRIVEN TO A NEW LOW, THE DECISION WHETHER TO CARRY ON OR THE DECISION TO END IT ALL.

    I HAVE BEEN THERE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, WONDERING IF THE PAIN AND THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS WOULD DISAPPEAR IF ONLY I TOOK THAT ONE STEP………..

    BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THE DWP HAS MORE IMPLICATIONS THAN THEY WOULD EVER UNDERSTAND. AFTER ALL THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WITH LITTLE FEELING OF THE EVIL THEY DISH OUT EACH DAY.
    THEY PROBABLY GET A SMALL KICK READING OF ANOTHER VICTIM WHO HAS DECIDED TO LEAVE THIS WORLD, TRAPPED IN A CORNER WITH NO PLACE TO RUN.

    I FEEL FOR EVERY FAMILY MEMBER WHO HAS LOST SOMEONE DUE TO THE HEINOUS TREATMENT OF THE DWP………..

    HAVING ANY KIND OF DISABILITY, WHETHER PHYSICAL OR MENTAL, IS A BURDEN THAT SOMEONE NOT CARRYING, CAN EVER IMAGINE.

    “THIS SITE IS A TESTAMENT TO THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF THOSE WHO, FOR NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, CARRY THAT BURDEN AND LIVE IN HOPE THE NIGHTMARES WILL GO AWAY.”

  63. Stepping Razor says:

    From Capita PIP Health & Wellbeing -

    Personal Independence Payment – FAQs

    Who carries out the assessments?

    A qualified health professional, such as an occupational therapist or a nurse. All the health professionals are registered with a governing body such as the Health & Care Professions Council, and have undergone specially designed training approved by DWP.

    —- Governing body such as Health & Care Professions Council –
    A made up medical term that has no meaning & not fit for purpose. ——

    Can I get a copy of the assessment report?

    The health professional can’t discuss the outcome of the consultation or give you a copy of the report. Remember, it’s DWP that make the decision about your entitlement based on all of the information provided, including the consultation report. The report will be sent to DWP as soon as possible after your consultation. You can ask for a copy of the report from DWP.

    —- The tick box system failure all over again. ——

    What if I don’t agree with the DWP’s decision?

    You can ask for your case to be reconsidered. Details of how to do this will be in your decision letter from the DWP.

    —- Reconsidered is not the same as an appeal. So bad answer DWP. ——

    Capita Health & Wellbeing

    Customer Charter

    Our staff are made up of health professionals, those who carry out the face-to-face consultations with our customers, and customer service assistants.

    We will give a helpful, understanding and professional service whether you are claiming PIP for yourself, or acting on behalf of someone who is.

    When visiting you in your home, our health professional will arrive on time, prove their identity to you and respect your home.

    — Yet another company like Atos who think they run some sort of health care company run by the DWP`s rules. Failure & failure wellbeing a failure. —–

  64. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “CAPITA”……an organisation that puts greed before human lives.

    “CAPITA”………everything the corrupt DWP NEEDS TO STEAL BONAFIDE DISABILITY BENEFITS FROM THE WEAKEST UTILISING THE SAME TICK BOX SUICIDE SYSTEM OF BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL CLAPTRAP AS ATOS……….

    “NEW FACE, SAME WEAPONS, RESULTING IN MORE SUICIDE RELATED DEATHS TO ADD TO THE HIDDEN MORTALITY RATES OF THE DWP”

    From: GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

    11 February 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Could you please tell me if BILL GUNNYEON, Chief medical advisor to
    the DWP and also a Medical Director of Capita Healthcare, has
    registered a “conflict of interest”.
    How many times did Bill Gunnyeon meet with Gordon Waddell and
    Mansel Aylward prior to the ATOS contract to undertake ESA
    examinations on behalf of DWP?
    Furthermore, will Bill Gunnyeon be receiving any form of
    remuneration or reward, given that attractive contracts have been
    allocated to both, Capita and ATOS.

    Yours faithfully,
    GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bill_gunnyeon_dwp_chief_medical

    CAPITA HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS…………

    A qualified health professional, such as an occupational therapist or a nurse. All the health professionals are registered with a governing body such as the Health & Care Professions Council, and have undergone specially designed training approved by DWP.

    …………IN SHORT, AN UNTRAINED CHARLATAN WITH VERY LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF EITHER PHYSICAL OR MENTAL CONDITIONS.
    SOMEONE WHO HOLDS A DWP SPONSORED CERTIFICATE THAT IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON AND ONLY RECOGNISED BY THE CORRUPT, SECRETARY OF STATE…..

    ……….a tick box medical examination specifically designed for private health insurers to deny disability and steal benefits from those least likely to put up a resistance, those who are weak or challenged already.

    “CAPITA, LOOSELY TRANSLATES TO THE NEW DISABILITY ASSASSIN”…………………………………………..

    SON OF ATOS, SPAWN OF THE DEVIL, FROM THE LOINS OF THE MOST PSYCOPATHIC KILLER IN THE UK TODAY…..

    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH………………………

  65. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “WILL CAPITA FILL IT’S BOOTS,
    AND CARRY ON THE KILLING?”

    “WITH ATOS ON THE NAUGHTY STEP,
    THIS NEW ASSASSIN WILLING”

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      “DWP FAILED ATTEMPT TO HIDE CRITICISM OF IT’S KILLING SPREE OF THE DISABLED”

      ………in an effort to try and shift the focus of attention of the undisclosed MORTALITY STATISTICS,our government, today, announced that they are showing concern about shortages of terrace seats for disabled at football matches!!

      Delivered by the governments own disability stooge, non other than the bungling oaf, Mike Penning………..

      Singing from a carefully pre-prepared statement issued by the propaganda diktat, probably the nudge unit, he attempted to show the barbarity of these shortages.

      “THIS GOVERNMENTS CARE OF THE DISABLED IS LIKENED TO ZYKLON B GAS FOR SHOWERS”

      THEY DO NOT GIVE A MONKEYS ABOUT DISABLED PEOPLE WHATSOEVER, ATTEMPTING TO ERADICATE THEM LIKE SOME SORT OF OUT OF CONTROL DISEASE.

      IN FACT THE COMMENTS SURROUNDING PRINCESS ANNE AND THE THOUGHT OF GASSING BADGERS, MAKES ME REALISE THE ROYAL MENTALITY OF WHY THE QUEEN GAVE HER SEAL OF APPROVAL TO WELFARE REFORMS……

      PERHAPS IT WOULD BE QUICKER THAN THE CRUELTY OF WCA, TO GAS US ALL NOW!

      THINK OF THE SAVINGS TO THE EXCHEQUER AND THE MOUNTAIN OF SCRAP METAL FROM UNUSED WHEELCHAIRS AND ALUMINIUM CRUTCHES?

      THOUGHTS OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THE PILES OF HUMAN HAIR, CLOTHING, SUITCASES, JEWELLERY AND SPECTACLES, JUST CAME TO MIND……..

      ALONG WITH THE LOCALLY PULLED GOLD FILLED TEETH………

      BUT SURELY THESE EVENTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW? SURELY?

      HISTORY WILL SOMEHOW TELL OF HOW OUR DARK PAST RESURFACED SO MANY YEARS AFTER BEING TOLD, “LEST WE FORGET”.

      WITH CUNTS LIKE OSBORNE TELLING THE YANKS OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING WHILST THE NEWS BELOW STATES PARENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO SUBSIDISE SCHOOL BOOKS!

      WHAT WORLD DO THESE BASTARDS LIVE ON?

      CERTAINLY NOT MINE OR YOURS!

      THEY FORCE ME TO LIVE ON £32.32P PER WEEK AND I HAVE A 17 YEAR OLD SON AND A PARTNER……………

      TELL THE YANKS THE TRUTH YOU EVIL, HORRIBLE, SEPTIC TANK OF A GUTLESS WASTE!

  66. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “DWP AND HER MAJESTY’S COURT AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE IN COLLUSION”

    Has anyone noticed when you send in more evidence to back up a claim that is going to a tribunal hearing, you also get a rebuttal of the facts of your evidence from the DWP within a few days?

    The two departments that both bear the royal coat of arms are so much up each others arses, it’s unbelievable!!

    The courts are supposed to be independent and fair but are just an extension of the UK DISABILITY DENIAL PROCESS, handed down to our government through numerous meetings with UNUM and the cancerous role players who are firmly in it’s pockets….

    Recently i applied to take my case to the upper tribunal and sent the courts a copy of my reasons to apply. They informed me that i couldn’t reply till i had received a statement of facts from the previous tribunal to say why my claim had been refused.

    Strangely, when it did arrive, it was more of an answer to my reasons for applying to the upper tribunal……………

    The courts and DWP are sharing information to try and dissuade claimants to drop their cases, colluding to disadvantage the claimant.

    “IMPARTIAL” is not a word to describe our legal system, it is tainted from the very second you stand before the magistrate, briefed on the outcome prior to you entering…………..

    ” KNOW YOUR PLACE YOU INSIGNIFICANT LITTLE PIMP, YOU WORTHLESS EATER “

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE VERY BRIGHT OR THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX TO SEE THROUGH THIS GOVERNMENTS CHARADE OF DISABILITY ISSUES…….

      YESTERDAY SAW MIKE PENNING DISABILITY MINISTER (LIKENED TO A LAUGHING CLOWN IN AN AMUSEMENT MACHINE). TALKING ABOUT HIS CONCERN FOR WOEFULLY UNDER SEATED AREAS AT FOOTBALL MATCHES………….

      THE REALITY OF HIS MUMBLINGS ARE NOTHING BUT A SMOKESCREEN FOR THE WELL HIDDEN MEDIA NEWS THAT SHOWS THE GOVERNMENT ARE SET TO CUT COUNTLESS MILLIONS FROM THE DISABLED ACCESS BUDGETS AT RAIL STATIONS……………

      ALL THE HYPE OF HOW WELL THE UK THINKS ABOUT IT’S DISABLED, DURING THE PARALYMPICS AND NOW THE REALITY, THE KNIFE GOES IN WHILST THE FOCUS HAS MOVED.

      INSTEAD OF EXECUTING STRATEGY, THEY CONTINUE TO EXECUTE US, THE DISABLED…….

      ASK YOURSELF, “WHERE ARE THE HIDDEN MORTALITY STATISTICS?”, THE SCORESHEET OF JUST HOW MANY THESE WELFARE CUTS HAVE CLAIMED……….

      NOT ONLY ARE THEY AFRAID TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE THEM, THEY ARE ALSO AFRAID OF THE LITIGATION OF A MASSIVE CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER FEEDING FRENZY.

      PERHAPS THE DECISION TO CUT DISABILITY ACCESS BUDGETS HAS BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED TO COMPENSATE THOSE ALREADY KILLED BY THEIR TWISTED VALUES? WHO KNOWS?

      ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN, IF THEY CONTINUE TO KILL DISABLED AT THE RATES WE ARE AWARE OF, THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR ANY DISABLED ACCESS, THERE PROBLEM WILL BE SELF SOLVING!

  67. brunz says:

    So they pretend they want us to work,yet cuts are even preventing day to day travel for the disabled,wankers.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      TO FURTHER ILLUSTRATE HOW CLOSE THE DWP AND COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE,

      “ARE IN IT TOGETHER”,

      I APPEALED TO GO TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, YET THE LOWE TRIBUNAL HAVE SOUGHT TO STOP ME…………….

      THE COLLUSION BETWEEN THESE TWO DEPARTMENTS IS BREATHTAKING, SINGING FROM THE SAME SONG SHEET IN AN INTEGRATED ROLE OF DISABILITY DENIAL………

      OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A CROCK OF SHIT ENGINEERED TO SUIT THOSE IN POWER TO RIDE ROUGHSHOD OVER THE ELECTORATE.

      JUSTICE IS THE PRIVILEGE OF THE RICH ONLY, LEGAL AID STOLEN FROM THE UNSUSPECTING MASSES WHO ARE LEFT TO FALTER, TO FALL AT EVERY HURDLE.

      MY LETTER THAT WAS SIGNED BY A DISTRICT JUDGE CALLED, CRACKNELL, STATES;

      THE APPELLANT APPLIED FOR PERMISSION TO APPEAL TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE TRIBUNAL ISSUED ON 18/02/2014.
      IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO REVIEW THE DECISION, BECAUSE NO CLEAR ERROR OF LAW, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE TRIBUNAL HAS EXPLAINED WHY THE DWP’S REQUEST FOR INFORMATION WAS LAWFUL AND MR REYNOLDS FAILURE TO REPLY, LED TO THE DECISION TO END HIS AWARD.
      PERMISSION TO APPEAL IS REFUSED BECAUSE THERE IS NO ERROR OF LAW.

      I WAS IN RECEIPT OF DLA HAVING A LIFETIME AWARD AND THEY SENT ME A THIRTY FIVE PAGE QUESTIONNAIRE SAYING I HAD TO FILL IT IN SO THEY KNEW I WAS GETTING THE RIGHT ENTITLEMENT.

      THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS A TRICK TO SEND ME FOR A PIP EXAMINATION BEFORE OCTOBER 2015, IN FACT IT ASKED FOR MY PERMISSION TO GO FOR ANOTHER ATOS MEDICAL, STATING THAT IF I DID NOT GIVE PERMISSION MY BENEFITS MAY BE STOPPED…………………

      WITH THIS IN MIND I SENT THEM A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST…..
      …………….THIS IS THEIR REPLY;

      DLA award reviews
      Awards of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), whether made for life, indefinitely, or for a fixed
      period, are made on the basis that the entitlement conditions continue to be met.

      An indefinite or life award would not generally be reviewed unless there is a change in
      circumstances that affects the entitlement. Such a change could be reported by the claimant,
      as they are required to do to ensure they receive the correct amount of benefit, or through
      another source e.g. Fraud referral.

      There are no plans to reassess people for Personal Independence Payment earlier than the
      timeline set out by the Government.

      ………………..BECAUSE THEY TOLD ME THAT AN INDEFINITE OR LIFETIME AWARD WOULD NOT GENERALLY BE REVIEWED UNLESS THERE IS A CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH COULD BE REPORTED BY THE CLAIMANT, I WROTE AND TOLD THEM MY CIRCUMSTANCES HAD NOT CHANGED……………………..

      I WAS THEN INFORMED MY BENEFIT THAT I HAD BEEN GETTING FOR FOURTEEN YEARS WAS NOW TERMINATED.

      I WENT AS FAR AS SENDING THREE LETTERS FROM THEIR OWN DOCTORS, THAT CATEGORICALLY STATED THAT MY DISABILITY WAS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE IN THE FUTURE, ONE STATING I WAS UNFIT FOR ANY TYPE OF WORK…………………..

      “YOU ARE BEING CHEATED BY AN UNCARING SYSTEM DRIVEN BY NONE OTHER THAN GREED AND A CORRUPT JUDICIAL SYSTEM”

      • Toddy says:

        According to information on the net, Judge Tom Cracknell who made a decision to deny you a right to move to the upper chamber, retired in 2009.

        Are the DWP utilising retired judiciary to block appeals?

  68. stitchedupandbroken says:

    I continue to salute and learn from comments made by Geoff Reynolds. Respect too, all other contributors. Thank you

    I have that understanding that the BMS and judiciary are ‘all in it together’. I don’t blame them…they’re onside to keep their jobs,£££££££ and position. I must say it is a bit gut wrenching when they say they uphold the high ethics their bodies extoll. Give us a break,do! Pass the sick bucket.No one believes you!

    I am unwilling to disclose my own history,but to say it has been worsened by every authority I have come into contact with. I discovered you do not ‘speak truth to power’ unless you want a bullet in your head. You could say(the bullet in your head) ‘put there by yourself’ because you should never believe the empty promises made by those in power…many, duffers or ex public schoolboys and the like. Others are just evil.

    The only way I could better myself is by having had justice done. No justice equates boiling rage.And its where I live most of the time.

    My physical problem(s) can only be bettered by complete gene replacement: yet to be discovered or sanctioned!

    If,on assessment,I am told I am fit for work,I will bring evidence to refute that claim. Moreover,I am going to return to my doctor to claim additional drugs which I know he will refuse. When he does refuse this medication,I expect to report him to his professional body for not providing them. Why do I need these drugs? To help alleviate my present symptoms so that I can get to work,and,once at work,to remain awake and physically viable. In addition,I will also require additional medication to help me sleep because of the diagnosed condition I have. Sound reasonable? The drugs are highly addictive. But,heh,who cares? When I am addicted,maybe I can sue the doc…or then return to ATOS as a confirmed addict! This on top of my presenting symtoms.

    Right now I do not have to take so many drugs because I don’t work. If I had to work,I would need buckets more. In fact, over and above BNF recommendations.

    Love the crap existing in Caring Professions about respecting a persons confidentiality…when anyone should know patients records are banded about god-know-how-many-offices-and-staff-these-days! Ricky Gervais should do a take on it sometime. The line always gives me belly-laughs. Imagine the coffee breaks amongst ATOS staff re-telling amongst one another how the guy with no legs is faking it! Ya gotta laugh! ATOS must give high-fives when a claimant tops himself. Bonus time!!! Feel sure there was humour at Aushwitz amongst the guards.

    • AL says:

      When you are addicted to your meds be sure that no-one will care. When you are too crazy and drugged up at work, likely it will be your fault for getting that way and you will be sacked. If you get sacked for being crazy (or misconduct), oh dear, you won’t qualify for benefits will you? It’s a fine line you walk on medication, which ultimately is damaging but I guess an early death for worthless sick and disabled people will be a good thing huh?

  69. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Back again.

    I don’t want to excite any of you here,and I don’t know how this thing(computer)works,but have you thought of embeds around here? I medan,there’s BIG BIG ££££ involved in crushing little folks allowances. Big Government and Big Biz want lots and lotsa Cream. They are,in fact,addicted to it. What you have in entitlement,they want,and will do anything to get it. You see how they’re going on here. Call it far-fetched but even a little guy implanted in this business here can report back to Big Bro on how’s progress. They can/will even excite…then,later have you prosecuted.

    Remember how the Plod are sexing it with people,even givin’ ‘em children. Then,found out…they’re never prosecuted,but get compo for trauma…all paid by us and our forefathers.

    I don’t want this to be a bummer. But where protest is involved,or Big £,anything goes. Still,didn’t work out for ‘em in N.I.,did it? And they seem to be losing wars all over the place. Still,no worries,its ‘the northerners and expendables that gets their legs blown off and come back in body bags. No harm done,fellas.

    Just a reminder.

  70. stitchedupandbroken says:

    On another note…let’s give praise where it’s due. Ya just gotta give it to ‘em,they are an ingenious lot,our g’vners.. Warped,yes. But brilliant,too.

    Work this one out. Yer crippled and in a wheel chair. Blind even. No chance of a job? Incapable of work? Of course not. They’ll always pull out some cripple who’ll take the 30 pieces o silver to say s/he works(probably in the government!)Look at the stooge whose fronting the Hate now.

    Well,the crips could take the jobs on building sites(says Job Centre). Scaffolding? Wiv no legs and blind? No worries. With the anti-discrimination laws no employer can or should discriminate against employing you. You object? Yer being defeatist…and ATOS will help liberate you and make you feel better by asserting(yes,you’ve got it)…fit for work. Coming off benefits many find liberating!! If yer denying you can’t get work,yer a scrounger,dog turd.

    Entering this world of IDS,I find no one incapable of work. In a coma you might be given some leeway,otherwise…you can blink an eye? Hey, you could write a book! An Irish fella did it sometime back. Yer fit for work.

    I think this reasoning is called Check-Mate.

    All money saved will go to mates or those great big aircraft carriers we must build. Those are ‘em Big Toys.

  71. stitchedupandbroken says:

    All: please watch out for mysterious fires that suddenly break-out when august institutions called to account to disclose their files…are called to submit them. I think this usually happens when after years and years of challenges by people who have been done wrong call upon documents that might embarrass or shame governments or their departments into paying even small amounts of £££ in way of compo.

    Me thinks embarrassing files are first said not to exist,then said to be lost,then the building catches fire.

    Not sure if this has happened to the Kenyans yet. Think the army woz busy down there roasting the natives alive and cracking their nuts. Think there’s only about 20 of ‘em alive now. Anuver 10 years and we might give ‘em a weepy apology in the House of C…ts.

    We salute you, your Honors! In fact,yer esteemed Honors. Job dun!

  72. Stepping Razor says:

    Appeals process changes for DWP benefits and child maintenance
    Updated 11 December 2013

    Changing the appeals process so that more decisions that claimants disagree with are resolved without being sent to the Tribunals Service.

    We are changing the appeals process so that more DWP decisions that claimants disagree with can be resolved without being sent to HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

    We want to prevent disputes. But if disputes occur, we want to resolve them as simply as possible and learn from them. From April 2013, we began to introduce changes which were part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

    What are the changes?

    There are 3 changes:
    • DWP will reconsider all decisions before an appeal
    •appeals must be sent directly to HMCTS
    •time limits for DWP to return responses to HMCTS

    DWP will reconsider all decisions before an appeal

    DWP will reconsider all decisions before an appeal. This means that if someone disputes a decision, they will need to ask DWP to reconsider the decision before they can appeal to HMCTS. This is known as ‘mandatory reconsideration’. The change aims to make sure that people understand the decision and encourage them to provide additional evidence earlier in the process. Resolving disputes without the need for an appeal should also help make sure that people receive the right decision earlier in the process.

    Mandatory reconsideration will also include a new telephone call from DWP for most benefits. For Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance, a decision maker already phones the claimant to explain certain decisions. If the decision maker’s attempt to contact the claimant by phone is unsuccessful, and the claimant disagrees with the decision, they will now phone them again to talk it through.

    For other benefits, if someone disagrees with a decision, the decision maker will phone them. The new call will be an opportunity for them to talk it through. During the call, they will receive a full explanation of the decision and be asked to provide any additional evidence that may help their case.

    Appeals must be sent directly to HMCTS

    After DWP has reconsidered a decision, if someone still disputes the decision and wishes to appeal, they must send their appeal directly to HMCTS. This is known as ‘direct lodgement’. It brings the process for social security and child maintenance appeals into line with other major subjects handled by HMCTS.

    Time limits for DWP to return responses to HMCTS

    DWP has agreed to the request of the Tribunal Procedure Committee to introduce time limits for DWP to return appeal responses to HMCTS. DWP has agreed to provide an appeal response within 28 calendar days in benefits cases and within 42 calendar days in child maintenance cases.

    When will these changes be introduced?

    We introduced all 3 changes for Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit in April 2013. Towards the end of October 2013 we will introduce mandatory reconsideration, direct lodgement and time limits for all other DWP benefits and child maintenance cases. We will begin to report performance against the time limits from October 2014.

    Why is mandatory reconsideration being introduced?
    The main reasons for introducing mandatory reconsideration are to:
    • resolve disputes as early as possible;
    • reduce unnecessary demand on HMCTS by resolving more disputes internally;
    • consider revising a decision where appropriate;
    • provide a full explanation of the decision; and
    • encourage claimants to identify and provide any additional evidence that may affect the decision, so that they receive a correct decision at the earliest opportunity.
    Mandatory reconsideration allows us to look again at our decisions in a fair and thorough way.
    The mandatory reconsideration process will involve an outbound call from decision makers, to talk through disputed decisions with claimants and invite them to provide any additional evidence at the earliest opportunity. Then, where appropriate, we can change our decision at the earliest possible point rather than having to go through a long and costly appeals process.
    Why is direct lodgement being introduced?
    The main reasons for introducing direct lodgement are to:
    • align the appeals process for Social Security and child maintenance appeals with other major jurisdictions handled by HMCTS;
    • make sure that DWP is no longer involved in the administration of appeals, and can focus on its key role as a party to appeals; and
    • speed up and clarify the appeals process.
    The current process, where people submit their appeal to DWP and it then transfers to HMCTS, can cause delays in arranging tribunals, and confusion for people who may not realise which organisation is responsible for their appeal at any given point.

  73. Stepping Razor says:

    “Mandatory reconsideration will also include a new telephone call from DWP for most benefits. For Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance, a decision maker already phones the claimant to explain certain decisions. If the decision maker’s attempt to contact the claimant by phone is unsuccessful, and the claimant disagrees with the decision, they will now phone them again to talk it through.”

    Cold calling. Can`t the DWP put it writing & send a letter.

    “For other benefits, if someone disagrees with a decision, the decision maker will phone them. The new call will be an opportunity for them to talk it through. During the call, they will receive a full explanation of the decision and be asked to provide any additional evidence that may help their case.”

    Really !! The DM [what DM !!] Who is the DM can I have his or her name & can I have it all in writing not a phone call that can be manipulated for the DWP`s benefit

    • Stepping Razor says:

      Cost cutting !! Also an illegal practice !! I want it in writing so I have some facts & truths, not a phone call that has no meaning.

    • brunz says:

      SR or anyone if they dont mind,I won my appeal last July do I need to start preparing my defence no do you think?

      • Stepping Razor says:

        Greetings brunz,

        Preparing your defence for what?

        If you won your appeal & you have your correct payments, I don`t see why. The only thing is they keep changing the rules every month.

        Everyone`s case is different & at different stages. I am at a very early stage because I have stalled them for a year on the Income Support Review Form.

        I am always ready with my defence, but until one knows what you are defending against EG. new rules they just made up, like the piece above.

        The main thing I am doing is to get the system to put it in writing otherwise you have no defence. The DWP can not refuse you to put it in writing in a letter, simply because not everyone has a phone. The only way I can be contracted is by post.. Which throws their new rules out of the window.

        There will be others answering your question.

        In an appeal you don`t need a defence you have the right to appeal anything at any time & it is ones own case to be brought against the DWP. The DWP have to prepare a defence not you. You are the one bringing the appeal.

        The onus is on the burden of proof – The Facts. So can I have that in writing otherwise their is no proof of having talked to the DWP over the phone.

        The whole thing is in a mess, but I still want it in writing. I have no phone number on any forms.

        SR

  74. Stepping Razor says:

    It seems the new rules don`t apply to Admin Appeals. I think I will put in 5 Admin Appeals. It is not a benefit appeal it is a Admin appeal. Lots of mistakes in the DWP admin.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      MOST OF THE MEDIA HEADLINES FEATURE THE INCREASED USE OF FOODBANKS IN THE UK, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SEE IT FIT TO USE A DENIAL GENERATED THROUGH IT’S COMEDY ARM, THE DWP STATING;

      The government denies that welfare payments are a problem.

      “There is no robust evidence that welfare reforms or benefit administration are linked to increased use of food banks,” said a spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

      ,,,,AND YET, STRANGELY, THE GOVERNMENT ARE STILL RELUCTANT TO RELEASE THE EVER GROWING MORTALITY STATISTICS THAT HIDE THEIR HEINOUS ASSAULT ON THE POOR AND DISABLED………..

      “I WONDER WHY?”

      LIKEWISE, THEY WOULD ARGUE THAT THE WELFARE REFORMS HAD NO EFFECT ON THE PLAGUE OF GIANT RATS OR THE INCREASE IN SCARLET FEVER.

      COULD THIS HINT AT THE TOP OF AN EQUALITY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT, SHED A LITTLE MORE LIGHT ON THE ADVANCED PROGRAMME OF EUGENIC CLEANSING NOW PERPETRATED ON OUR POPULUS……………..

      Almost everyone in Britain will use health and social care at some point in their lives, and we have the right to expect we will be treated with dignity and respect. However, evidence shows that some vulnerable users of health and social care services, such as older or disabled people, experience poor treatment that is undignified and humiliating. At it’s most extreme, abusive,cruel and degrading treatment is similar to torture. This is in breach of Article 8 and Article 3 Rights…………………….

      SUFFICE TO SAY, THE INHUMANITY OF WHAT IS HAPPENING ON OUR SHORES HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED.

      “IF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS REALLY WANTED TO PURSUE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THEY WOULD REALISE THAT APPLICATIONS OF WELFARE REFORMS IN OUR TOWNS AND CITIES, ESPECIALLY LONDON, ARE NOTHING SHORT OF AN ETHNIC CLEANSING OF OUR CITIZENS.”

  75. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Given that the BMA is colluding with Big Bro in ‘supporting’ it members in refusing to write supporting letters or sign confirming letters supporting illness/disability with a patient who claims government support through claimed illness….and the evidence supported by newspress of recent suicides by individuals…can/is there a European body which can be lobbied to help/examine/critique ATOS and the DWP in view for prosecution?

    I see myself having to come into conflict with my doctor. I see myself coming into conflict with the NMC.I see myself having to write a litany of complaints against individuals or ‘corporate giants’ who,at the moment stand just for their members and put patient/claimants last.

    Advice?

  76. Stepping Razor says:

    DWP Complaints procedure

    Complaining about the department

    We want to give a good service to everyone who deals with us.

    Each of our businesses has its own complaints procedure. To complain about one of our businesses, use the links in the Complaining about our service section.

    If you are dissatisfied with anything we, as a department, not our businesses, have done or not done, please let us know this either in writing – by post, email or fax – or by phoning, to the manager of the part of the department concerned.

    We will investigate your complaint fully and objectively. We will aim to get back to you within 2 weeks to tell you whether we accept it and, if so, what we are doing to put matters right. If we do not accept your complaint we will give you our reasons.

    If you are still dissatisfied, you can ask us to take a second, and final, look at the issue. This will be done by a member of our staff who is more senior to the person who reviewed the complaint originally.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————

    “If we do not accept your complaint we will give you our reasons.”

    A complaint is a complaint !! I go to a shop to complain they can`t say we don`t except your complaint & since we are “Customers” of the DWP you can not refuse a complaint about anything, A complaint over a member of staff at the DWP for instance. Not only are the DWP dictating the appelas system they are now dictating the complaints proceeder. It is ones legal right to complain & not be judged on if it`s a complaint that will or will not be taken seriously. So appeals are not the same as complaints. Well yes they are becuse we have to be judge on both. It is our civil liberty to have both or the UK has become a rogue state with no voice.

  77. Stitichedupandbroken says:

    Always believe the downtrodden. You will not get truth from those in power. The SpinMeisters are spinning like tops with their propaganda.

    I think I am on my own. NOT SO! Most recently visiting a friend they echoed my own take on this corrupt mess that is governing and leeching off of us: she reminded me that the press are all in on it as well. I didn’t need the reminding,I see the Big Fat Salaries of the BBC frontmen and women every day when I see their faces or hear their voices on their propaganda machine. The ‘best editing’ is done when you don’t report the news item,or do so for 15 seconds at 3.05am! It’s called balanced reporting…or prioritising news…when fashion gets more headlines than food queues at food banks.

    For the most part there are one or two commentators here…and who shout and complain…and,sometimes,educate. The rest have no voice,or are too far-gone,even incapable of shouting on this forum. Into the ovens they go. These are the very,very ill;probably alone and unsupported with multiple diagnosis. These are the prey and victims of the cuts we will never know,voices unheard.

    I salute the killing cull of the government in that its killing is done so well. The press is controlled or infiltrated by its relatives. Down in Islington they all having great parties and talking about the £££ to be made in reporting poverty porn when it has to be done! Nice work,fellas!

    I am afraid that there is more killing to be done. Some of the British public even want it…great shame when it happens to one of their relatives tho !!! Like Mr Reynolds,I do think the government should think about alternatives to the rather slow and laborious deaths they are now imposing. Sometimes months of depression takes an awful toll on all…even ATOS assessors! Howsabout educative forums in hanging…walking onto live railtracks…bridgejumping. When claimants do it…problem solved for everyone. Maybe more ££ to spend on HS2!!

    Tally Ho!

    • AL says:

      We could organise a mass jump off Beachy Head? A nice little picnic first maybe? Anyone want to lend me the bus fare? Imagine the front page head line the next day. ‘Justin Beiber caught blowing his nose, everyone wants to know why?’

  78. Stepping Razor says:

    OVER £31,000 is being spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on a YouTube channel which has almost no viewers!

    IDS wasting more money on propaganda.

  79. Stepping Razor says:

    If ATOS has been sacked then ATOS should have taken the You Tube video down. Note all comments on YT have been blocked. IDS is in more shit than ever.

    • Stepping Razor says:

      ATOS and CAPITA cannot meet client assessment schedules on PIP .

      So it`s ATOS & CAPITA doing the PIP !!! IDS working hand in hand with both ATOS & Capita to spread the work load. So ATOS HAS NOT BEEN SACKED. WHAT A PROPAGANDA STUNT IDS Vs ATOS.

  80. Stepping Razor says:

    26th FEB 2014

  81. Stepping Razor says:

    ATOS website still has all the DWP contracts with PIP on there. If ATOS was sacked ATOS would not have all the details about ATOS working with the DWP. DWP why have ATOS not taken down the DWP contract on their website. Because the DWP still use ATOS.

  82. Stepping Razor says:

    I spoke to the DWP 3 weeks ago & they said they are still using & working with ATOS & they knew nothing about ATOS being sacked. The DWP also said ATOS will be carrying out the PIP assessments & will be doing that till at least 2015. So time to wake up the propaganda machine. HOT AIR – IDS Vs ATOS WAR.

  83. Stepping Razor says:

    START THE GAGGING ORDERS – PERHAPS IDS SHOULD STOP ATOS FROM ADVERTISING THEIR HEALTHCARE WORKING WITH THE DWP. THE DWP CAN`T STOP ATOS – SO LET`S DO A IDS COVER UP IN THE MEDIA ABOUT SACKING ATOS. WHAT LIES. WHAT GAGING ORDERS.

  84. Stepping Razor says:

    WHAT A SCANDAL IDS AFTER ALL YOU HAVE SAID ABOUT SACKING ATOS. IDS SACKING BECAUSE YOU CAN`T SACK ATOS. SO ATOS & CAPITA ARE NOW WORKING WITH THE DWP ON PIP ASSESSMENTS. DOOMED TO FAILURE.

  85. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “our government complicit in the murder of disabled people”

    …………BRAND IT HOW YOU LIKE, THE BLACK SHADOW UPON OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW AND HAUNT THEM FOREVER………….

    NEVER DID I EVER IMAGINE A GOVERNMENT AND IT’S ANNIHILATION SQUAD, THE DWP, SENDING OUT INFORMATION TO PENSIONERS ON PROJECTED LIFE SPANS……….

    ON ONE HAND THEY SEEM INTENT ON INFORMING THE ELDERLY, HOW LONG THEY ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE FOR, AND AT THE SAME TIME WITHHOLDING THE MORTALITY FIGURES FOR THOSE THEY HAVE ALREADY KILLED DURING THE EVIL WELFARE CULL.

    THEY ARE BEYOND INEPT, A STATE SPONSORED KILLING MACHINE THAT HAS LOST THE PLOT COMPLETELY.

    WHAT SORT OF IDIOT WOULD WANT TO BRING FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF THE MOST SENIOR POPULATION BY TELLING THEM WHEN THEY ARE PROJECTED TO DIE?

    THIS MUST BE THE MOST CALLOUS ACT OF A BUNCH OF PRIVILEGED SCHOOLBOYS EVER!

    AT THE RATE THE DISABLED AND POOR ARE BEING ROUTINELY EXTERMINATED, THE PROJECTIONS WILL NOT MEAN A THING…………………..

    WITH THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE BEING FED PIECEMEAL TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS, LIFE EXPECTATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERABLY LOWER, ESPECIALLY FOR THE WEAKEST, MOST VULNERABLE AND POOR…………

    THE GOVERNMENT ARE LETTING YOU KNOW IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT IF YOU LIVE IN AN INDUSTRIALISED AREA, OUTSIDE OF THE METROPOLIS, YOU WILL POP YOUR CLOGS FASTER THAN THE MOLLYCODDLED SOUTH…………………

    WE ALL KNOW WHO PUTS IN THE MOST GRAFT, WE AREN’T THICK.

    THE BIG QUESTION SURELY HAS TO BE, WHO GAVE POLITICIANS THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD INFORMATION ?.

    WHY ARE REPORTS BEING KEPT FROM THE EYES OF THOSE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT?

    WHATEVER IS DEEMED TO BE DAMAGING IS KEPT FROM PUBLIC SCRUTINY………

    THIS IS NOT THE ACTIONS OF A DEMOCRACY BUT THAT OF AN EVIL DICTATOR.

    YOU ARE PAYING THEIR BLOATED WAGES AND YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO THAT INFORMATION, POLITICS IS NOT A MYSTERY, BUT IT HAS BECOME ONE.

    IS THERE ANY WONDER SCOTLAND WANTS TO MOVE TO INDEPENDENCE AND RID ITSELF OF THE TIES OF THE MORALLY AND ETHICALLY CORRUPT WESTMINSTER………..

    “STOOGES ACTING OUT THE FANTASIES OF THEIR MULTINATIONAL PUPPETEERS TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE PEOPLE”

    THESE BASTARDS ARE PLAYING NO PART IN THE QUALITY OF THE UK TODAY, PAWNS FED BY THE SCRAPS OF POWER, ROTTEN TO THE CORE……………

  86. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    GEOFF REYNOLDS | April 22, 2014 at 10:07 am | Reply

    IN A FEW DAYS TIME JOE, I AM GOING TO APPLY AT THE COUNTY COURT TO SUE ATOS WHO GAVE ME MEDICAL REPORT THAT IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON…………….

    THE DWP STOPPED MY INCAPACITY BENEFIT ON THE STRENGTH OF THIS REPORT.
    THE REPORT IS SO BIASED AND DAMNING, IT WAS WRITTEN FOR ONE PURPOSE ONLY, TO DENY MY DISABILITY BENEFITS.
    THE DWP HAVE HAD ME LIVING ON £32.32P SINCE LAST JULY.

    I AM IN A TRIBUNAL IN SCARBOROUGH ON THE 29TH OF THIS MONTH CONCERNING MY ESA. THE LAST TRIBUNAL WAS HALTED FOR MORE MEDICAL REPORTS.

    ALL MEMBERS ARE TOTALLY BIASED AND DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE CONTENT OF MY MEDICAL REPORT WHICH CONTRADICTS ITSELF. INDEED, THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE INACCURACIES AND PRETEND THEY DON’T EXIST.

    INSTEAD OF WRITING THAT I COULD NOT MANAGE A MOVEMENT THAT WAS ASKED OF ME BY THE HCP EMMA BRODRICK, SHE TYPED IN

    “CLIENT DECLINED”

    THIS WAS NOT RECORDED ONCE, BUT SEVENTY FIVE TIMES!!!

    WHEN THE DWP DECISION MAKER READ MY REPORT IT IS MADE TO LOOK LIKE I REFUSED TO DO WHAT WAS ASKED OF ME, RATHER THAN NOT BEING ABLE TO PERFORM THE TASK.

    CLAIMANTS HAVE BEEN CHEATED OUT OF THEIR BENEFITS BY A COLLUSION OF ATOS AND THE DWP……..

    INCIDENTALLY MY REPORT STATES THAT I SAT IN A CHAIR AND GOT UP WITHOUT AID, I DID NOT, PREFERRING TO STAND, HAD MY BACK EXAMINED EVEN THOUGH I WAS WEARING A THREE BAR CORSET, WAS EXAMINED ON A COUCH AND LO AND BEHOLD………………………….

    WAS SEEN TO STAND IN THE SAME PLACE FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXAMINATION WHILST HOLDING ONTO MY WALKING STICK.

    THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER, WE NEED TO INSTIGATE A CLASS LAWSUIT LIKE THAT AGAINST UNUM CORPORATION.
    ………..I HAVE BEEN REFUSED THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, CITING THE DWP ARE IN BREACH OF BOTH EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS DISCRIMINATION IN TAKING ACTION AGAINST SOMEONE WITH PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS.
    THE COURTS ARE IGNORING THESE LAWS, FLOUTING THEIR EXISTENCE.

    GEOFF REYNOLDS | April 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply

    my report also states that i declined to bend either my right or left leg but was able to straighten them…………….

    takes some doing…….

    mind you, what do you expect of a tick box examination by an ex bed pan washer?

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      UPON TRYING TO APPLY TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL TO CHALLENGE THE REMOVAL OF MY DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE, I CITED THAT THE DWP WERE IN BREACH OF BOTH THE EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEGISLATION, IN THAT BEING DISABLED HAS PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS.

      I WAS TURNED DOWN BY A DISTRICT JUDGE CALLED CRACKNELL WHO SUPPOSEDLY RETIRED IN 2009……………………..

      YOU ARE BEING SHAFTED IN EVERY DIRECTION USING JUDGES TO DISMISS APPLICATIONS AT EVERY LEVEL.

      OUR GOVERNMENT DO NOT ADHERE TO ANY DISABILITY LAWS WHATSOEVER, ALL CASES MUST GO TO A HIGHER LEVEL……….

    • AL says:

      If the HCP has recorded it then it’s true. They are the medically trained expert, you are not. Their job is to neatly justify taking away benefit. They have to be believable and keep it simple. They must be believed else the whole system would be in trouble.

      Principle reason for failing my appeal? I filled in my own ESA50. I thought I had to. No-one else would help me and ho ho, they would take away my benefit if I didn’t. It took me 4 weeks but that’s irrelevent. I can fill in a form so of course I can work.

      Did you get your Record of Proceedings Geoff? You have to ask in writing. You may find what they recorded interesting. I did. I’m still spitting.

  87. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    WHEN I MAKE THE APPLICATION TO COUNTY COURT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ATOS, I WILL KEEP YOU ALL INFORMED OF THE OUTCOME………….

    MAYBE A FEW OTHERS MAY VENTURE THE SAME DIRECTION?

  88. Humanity2012 says:

    Social Justice Includes Welfare Provision

    No to Nazi Britain

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      “WHY IS THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP, BILL GUNNYEON, STILL IN OFFICE?

      EVERYBODY IS BLAMING ATOS BUT THE BLAME LAYS WITH GUNNYEON AND THE DWP.

      GUNNYEON IS THE ONE WHO AUTHORISED THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS OF ATOS.

      THIS CROOK SHOULD BE OUSTED FROM OFFICE………..

      The DWP Chief Medical Adviser (CMA) approves HCPs to carry out assessments. Approval is
      dependent on strict recruitment criteria, completion of a course of training in disability
      assessment medicine approved by the CMA and evidence of satisfactory performance.

      …………………..GUNNYEON IS SURELY A DEAD MAN WALKING, AND INCIDENTALLY, THE ONLY PERSON WHO WAS REQUIRED TO RECOGNISE THE HCP QUALIFICATION……………

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bill_gunnyeon_dwp_chief_medical#comment-44938

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

        “WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”

        Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference
        5-6 march 2013
        Venue; NEC Birmingham

        Speakers include;

        Dame Carol Black

        Bill Gunnyeon CBE

        Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

        SUPPORTED BY ATOS HEALTHCARE

        • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

          PLEASE NOTICE THE LINKS TO UNUM, ATOS, GUNNYEON AND LITCHFIELD AND FINALLY MANSEL AYLWARD…

          Sadly, guess who is the independent scrutineer for ATOS,

          The one and only PAUL LITCHFIELD…..

          Labour partys ASSESSMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP….

          Sue Godby, UnumUK
          Dr Angela Gra­ham, Atos Origin
          Dr Paul Litch­field, Fac­ulty of Occu­pa­tional Medi­cine (Bill Gunnyeon, now the chief Med­ical Advisor to DWP was the pres­id­ent of the FOM)

          In Phys­ical Tech­nical Work­ing Group included:

          Dr Angela Gra­ham, Atos Ori­gin Med­ical Services
          Dr Peter Dewis, Dis­ab­il­ity Ana­lyst and Cus­tomer Care Dir­ector, UnumUK
          Dr David Hende­r­son Slater, yet again

          The former Chief Med­ical Advisor to the UK gov­ern­ment, Pro­fessor Mansel Ayl­ward, was instru­mental in advising the UK gov­ern­ment to set up med­ical assess­ment centres based on the model in Amer­ica, and he is still fun­ded by the same Amer­ican com­pany used in his example, with his research centre in Wales. The company’s name: UnumProvid­ent (UK). Indeed, his research centre for Psychoso­cial and Dis­ab­il­ity Research is based at Cardiff Uni­ver­sity (Pro­fessor Ayl­ward is the Dir­ector) is named the“UnumProvident Centre.” Pro­fessor Ayl­ward was also instru­mental in how the recent Wel­fare Reform Act was to be imple­men­ted by the DWP. 8

          ATOS AND ITS TWISTED CHILDREN…….

          Link to this

          • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

            TAEN CONFERENCE, Sponsored by UNUM, London 29th oct 2008.

            Among the morning speakers were; Dr Bill GUNNYEON (DWP)……

            Professor Michael ODONNELL, UNUM Chief Medical Officer…

  89. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Dear Mr Geoff Reynolds. If you have time, why not ask the HCP profession for qualifications. Most(?)are registered. You should then complain to their governing body with a view to have them disciplined,then struck off. From your account they seem to be lying. Moreover,they are under a Duty of Care to speak up for the client(and which would put them into dispute with ATOS of course!!!!. A conflict of interes,me thinks)

    If denied my application for present awarded benefits, I shall be presenting any ‘court hearing’ with the psychological and physical injuries I have documented…and will be highlighting patient abuse,stolen monies,stolen drugs…discriminative practice,bullying..all of which led me to leave work…and with mention of my recorded physical disabilities. This time(in court),I am not going to be shut up by any presiding adjudicator(in payment to the government?)

    You know,I know,and others know…this government(and Labour)are stitching up and deleting the poor and disabled

  90. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Professional registered Health Care Providers(nurses,physios,docs)have to uphold the ‘Mission Statements’ of their governing bodies,a Code of Conduct, if you wish. It’s spiel,of course. But in the spiel there are statements asking the professionals to act in the best interests of their client,uphold integrity and values in patient care etc etc. ATOS values would be to make £££££££££££££££££… and as seen and witnessed to what they have done to those vulnerable and diasabled etc. There is a conflict of interest here. Any individual health care practitioner acting improper,or deemed to be seen doing so by the client,should report that practitioner to their governing body to have them investigated,disciplined,then struck off. The governing bodies should also be made aware that certain healthcare practitoners are bringing their governing body into disrepute. Mind you,with all the Big Wigs dependant upon their governing paymasters,don’t hold yer breath expectin’ ‘em to speak out. Would you have spoken out against the Gestapo, even if enrolled in the German Army. Still,to complain and agitate is better than just going quietly to the gasroom(whoops,sorry,’washroom’)quietly.

  91. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    THE FACT THAT A DISTRICT TRIBUNAL JUDGE, NAMED CRACKNELL, TURNED DOWN MY APPLICATION TO GO TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, SHOULD SEND SHOCKWAVES THROUGH THE DISABLED COMMUNITY………………………………

    IN MY APPLICATION I CITED A SERIES OF REASONS WHY I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH A DECISION AGAINST ME, BUT PARAMOUNT TO THESE, I ALSO CITED THAT THE PROTECTION OFFERED TO DISABLED GROUPS, NAMELY THE EQUALITY ACT AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW WAS BEING VIOLATED.

    FOR DECADES, ANTI DISCRIMINATION LAWS HAVE BEEN FIRMLY CEMENTED INTO OUR CONSTITUTION AND ARE NOW BEING BROKEN AS I SPEAK.

    IT WOULD SEEM THE JUDICIARY HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO IGNORE THE LEGISLATION IN AN EFFORT TO FORCE THROUGH CRUEL DISABILITY DENIAL LEGISLATION.

    STRANGE AS IT MAY SEEM, IN AN EARLIER TRIBUNAL, WITH A DIFFERENT JUDGE NAMED, WALL, HE CLEARLY SHOWED NO COMPASSION WHEN I MENTIONED DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAW, MOCKING ME AND PUSHING THE SUBJECT TO A SIDE…………………

    THEY HAVE BEEN BRIEFED, AS HAVE THE DWP AND OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, TO OVERLOOK ANY PROTECTED STATUS CHARACTERISTICS THAT HAVE EVER BEEN AWARDED TO YOU.

    THIS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT, JUST A BREACH OF LEGISLATION FROM THOSE WHO SHOULD NO BETTER.

    WE ARE NO LONGER A PART OF A DEMOCRACY, RATHER THAT OF A DICTATORSHIP.

    “YOU CAN EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM THE LIKES OF CRACKNELL OR WALL AS THEY HAVE BEEN SET A YARDSTICK TO ADHERE TO”

    OUR COURTS AND TRIBUNAL SYSTEM IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HASTILY GATHERED CHARADE TO DENY DISABILITY AT ANY COST, YOUR RIGHTS HASTILY BRUSHED ASIDE FROM THOSE PULLING THE JUDGES STRINGS………………….

  92. stitchedupandbroken says:

    I went through a similar experience myself, Geoff, when trying to claim an Industrial Injury. The judge(name now forgotten)commented upon my disability…then went ahead ignoring my presenting injury. Few know,but many of the judiciary are in the pockets of their paymasters.

    Look,and you will find. In the sentencing,in the prosecution…power protects itself. 6 months in the slammer for stealing a pair of £20 trainers in Tottenham, apologies given and accepted when politicians are caught fiddling thousands of ££££££££££££££££. 15 years in the slammer for killing someone with a knife. Zero years and honours for a politician killing tens of thousands of people with strokes of their pen! The ants and roaches behave better.

  93. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    Anyone who read the article in the Daily Mirror today concerning the couple who had their human rights acknowledged, leading to the lifting of bedroom tax on their home, should see a faint light at the end of the tunnel…………………

    The couple were blocked at every turn until they took their case to the civil court.

    I have noticed that when i have applied to go to a higher tribunal using the EQUALITY/HUMAN RIGHTS ARTICLES appertaining to protected status of disabled persons, i have had my request rejected.
    Even when i mentioned it during tribunal, i was ridiculed.

    It seems that a civil action recognises a persons disability protection, whereas anything to do with an appeal is readily rebuffed.
    In other words the whole appeal process is just a sham with a predetermined decision made, probably before you even set foot in the room…..

    Ask yourself, why is it that a doctor, who is probably not proficient in your kind of disability, is advising a magistrate, having no medical knowledge, to make a decision that will affect your welfare?

    Couple that with the thought that they are basing their limited evidence on the back of a charlatan, a HCP, who has even less knowledge than the doctor?

    Apply this synopsis to the fact that the HCP and DWP have colluded to furnish you with a not fit for purpose, bogus medical report and we have the makings of an incredible disability denial suite against our government………………

    It would not be hard to get the ball rolling………..

    There were plenty of takers from the law firms when the miners had claims, BUT WHO IS BOLD ENOUGH TO PICK UP THE GAUNTLET NOW?

    OR IS IT THE FACT THAT THE JUICY LEGAL AID PROVISION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN?

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      “WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES BUT THIS IS NO MISTAKE, JUST PART OF THE ESCALATING DEATH TOLL OF THE GOVERNMENT BACKED KILLING POLICY OF THE DWP”

      Linda Wootton, 49 years old died just nine days after the government found her fit for work.

      Elenore Tatton, 39 years old died just weeks after the government found her fit for work.

      John Walker, 57, saddled with debt because of the bedroom tax. He took his own life.

      Brian McCardle, 57 years old, suffered a fatal heart attack the day after his disability benefits were stopped.

      Stephen Hill, 53, died of a heart attack one month after being found fit for work even though he was waiting for major heart surgery.

      David Groves, 56, died of a heart attack the night before taking his work capability assessment. His widow said it was the stress that killed him.

      Nicholas Peter Barker, 51, shot himself after being told his benefits were being stopped. He was unable to work after a brain haemorrhage left him paralysed down one side.

      Mark and Helen Mullins, 48 and 59 years old, forced to live on £57.50 a week and make 12 mile trips each week to get free vegetables to make soup. They committed suicide.

      Richard Sanderson, 44, unable to find a job and with his housing benefit cut forcing him to move, but with nowhere to go, he committed suicide.

      Martin Rust, 36 years old. A schizophrenic man who killed himself two months after the government found him fit to work.

      Craig Monk, 43, a vulnerable gentleman and a partial amputee slipped so far into poverty he hanged himself.
      Colin Traynor, 29, who suffered from epilepsy, stripped of his benefits he appealed. Five weeks after his death his family found he had won his appeal.

      Elaine Christian, 57 years old, worried about her work capability assessment, she was found at Holderness drain drowned with ten self inflicted wrist wounds.

      Christelle and Kayjah Pardoe, 32 years and 5 month old. Pregnant, her benefits stopped, Christelle, clutching her baby son jumped from a third floor balcony.

      Mark Scott, 46. His DLA and housing benefit had been stopped. Sinking into deep depression, he died six weeks later.

      Cecilia Burns, 51, found fit for work while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She died just a few weeks after she won her appeal.

      Chris Cann, 57 years old, found dead in his house just months after being told he had to undergo a medical assessment to prove he could not work.

      Peter Hodgson, 49, called to JCP to see if he was suitable for volunteer work. He had suffered a stroke, a brain haemorrhage and had a fused leg. His appointment letter arrived a few days after he took his life.

      Paul Willcoxsin, 33 years old, with mental health problems and worried about government cuts, he hung himself.

      Stephanie Bottrill, 53. After paying £80 a month for bedroom tax Stephanie could not afford heating in the winter, and lived on tinned custard. She chose to walk in front of a lorry.

      Larry Newman had a degenerative lung condition. His weight had dropped from 10 to 7 stone. Atos awarded him zero points, he died just three months after submitting his appeal.

      Paul Turner, 52 years old. After suffering a heart attack he was ordered to find a job in February. In April he died from ischaemic heart disease.

      Christopher Charles Harkness, 39. After finding out that the funding for his care home was being withdrawn, this man with mental health issues took his own life.

      Sandra Louise Moon, 57, suffering from a degenerative back condition and depression worried about losing her incapacity benefit, Sandra overdosed.

      Lee Robinson 39 years old took his own life after his housing benefit and council tax were taken away.

      ………………………………

      THE REST OF THE LIST IS BEING WITHHELD FROM PUBLIC SCRUTINY BY THE DWP AND THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER.

      “IT IS NEITHER AN EMBARRASSMENT NOR A SHAME TO THE PEOPLE IN POWER”

      YOU, THE PUBLIC, ARE A PRICE WORTH PAYING TO KOWTOW TO THE MULTINATIONALS WHO PULL THE STRINGS OF POWER THROUGH CORRUPT POLITICIANS……….

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

        “THE QUEEN IS IN HER COUNTING HOUSE,
        COUNTING ALL HER MONEY,
        EVICTION ORDERS JUST SENT OUT, SHE PROBABLY THINKS ITS FUNNY”

        SO THE CROWN ESTATE HAS DECIDED TO SELL OFF TWO HUNDRED OF ITS HOUSING STOCK THAT THE PAUPERS RESIDED IN.

        GOOD TIMING REALLY, THE HOUSING MARKET BOOMING LIKE IT IS DUE TO HER HELPING PROPEL THE MARKETS IN SEARCH OF MORE OBSCENE WEALTH…………

        WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, SHE SNORTED AS SHE LIFTED THE ERMINE COVERED TOOTHPICK TO HER FAT LIPS TO DISLODGE THE TRAPPED VENISON ANTLER, FIRMLY STUCK BETWEEN HER ROYAL MOLARS…………………….

        APPARENTLY THE DAUGHTER OF ONE OF THE FAMILIES FACING EVICTION HAS SENT HER MAJ A HEARTSENT PLEA FOR CLEMENCY, WONDERING WHERE IT WILL PUT HER FAMILY WHEN THEY ARE FORCED TO FLIT……………

        SHE AIN’T BOTHERED ONE IOTA MY DEAR, SHE IS THE SAME GORMLESS PRAT THAT PUT HER MONICKER ON THE WELFARE REFORM ACT, THE ACT THAT HAS CAUSED UMPTEEN THOUSAND OF HER LOWLY SUBJECTS BE BURIED OR CREMATED…………

        WHEN YOU SIT IN YOUR IVORY TOWER AT THE TOP OF A HILL, THE BIGGEST ABUSER OF STATE BENEFITS EVER SEEN, YOU DON’T GIVE TWO FUCKS ABOUT THOSE AT THE BOTTOM!

        THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL COUPLE, BALDY AND BEANPOLE, IN FRONT OF AYERS ROCK, SMILING FOR THE CAMERAS, MADE ME FEEL LIKE PUKING……………..

        “LET THEM EAT CAKE”, COMES TO MIND………………

        THESE FUCKERS ON A JAMBOREE WHILST THE COMMONERS ARE OUT ON THE STREETS BEGGING FOR SHELTER, STARVING, LIVING ON HANDOUTS AND FOOD PARCELS………..

        SHAME HAS NO BOUNDARIES FOR THE UPPER CLASSES AS THEY PUSH THEIR ILL GOTTEN OPULENCE DERIVED FROM PIRATE THEFTS, FIRMLY IN YOUR FACE.

        GOD SAVE OUR NOBLE QUEEN, I DON’T THINK SO…………………..

        WHEN YOU ARE DOWN AND OUT WITH YOUR RIBS ACHING FOR THE NEXT MEAL, ANYTHING GOES…………….

        ………SPIT ROAST CORGI ANYONE?

  94. Humanity2012 says:

    Social Justice Social Decency Care For The Poor and Vulnerable

    Dignity Not Degradation

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      ……a strange thought went through my mind when i was trying to analyze why the DWP are so reluctant to release the mortality figures………

      Like the hidden contents of the ATOS EXTERMINATION AGENDA, are our government working to a pre-set target of disability and welfare deaths?

      Could it be possible that behind closed doors, some covert committee has drafted an agenda to eliminate a nominated amount of persons in order to reduce the welfare bill?

      Oddly, if you project the known average of fatalities each week, then align this to the savings expected over a lifespan, you end up with a colossal figure……………..

      I wonder how many more must die to accomplish this exercise on modern day eugenics?

      • AL says:

        We know it’s a social experiment but I suspect we don’t know quite what the point is. Is it to find out society’s tipping point? How many people have to die before society says enough? Can propaganda prevent people caring at all? Does having a layer of poor people suffering make the rest of society feel better and therefore more compliant? Likely the point is multi faceted.

        The Bible says the poor will always be with us, so I guess it doesn’t matter what the Govt does, the big picture will never change, and for the individuals being persecuted and dying, they like everyone were gonna sometime anyway so it’s probably, in the scheme of things, no big deal. Why does it matter if a person is hounded into an early death? Especially if they were sick or disabled, why should they want a long life? Isn’t our govt doing them a favour sending them to a better place?

  95. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    I am at Scarborough magistrates court at 10am in the morning for my second ESA appeal.

    The ESA decision was based upon my medical report from ATOS which is not worth the paper it is written on, full of errors and omissions and biased phrasing constituting disability denial.

    The tribunal are fully aware of the mistakes in the initial HCP report, but pretend it does not exist and try to carry on as though everything is above board.

    In the mean time, i have submitted a claim against ATOS in the county court, a civil action for the money i have lost due to the flawed, not fit for purpose, medical report.

    When i was asked to do something at my medical, and could not do it because of pain, the HCP EMMA BRODRICK wrote

    “CLIENT DECLINED”

    This was written on my report, seventy five times!

    Strangely, on the LIMA software that they use, there is an option on the screen that says ” CLIENT UNABLE TO PERFORM THE TASK”

    In other words, the HCP has been briefed on how to deny the disability by rephrasing a task, making it look as though the client has refused to do what was asked of them………………

    PEOPLE LIKE BRODRICK, ARE COMPLETE SCUMBAGS, HAVING NO MEDICAL ETHICS WHATSOEVER……..

  96. Humanity2012 says:

    Help For the Poor and Vulnerable at the Heart of a Civilized Country

  97. Humanity2012 says:

    Today the 29th of April mark’s the Anniversary of the Passing
    of the People’s Budget in 1910.

    This was the First Budget in British History which sought to
    Redistribute Wealth from Rich to Poor

    There is a Need to Challenge Obscene Poverty and Obscene
    Wealth

  98. Humanity2012 says:

    Help the Poor Stop the Tax Evasion of the Rich

  99. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    “ENTERED THE TRIBUNAL AT 10.00AM, BACK HOME FOR 11,00AM”

    I THOUGHT IT STRANGE WHEN I TURNED UP FOR MY TRIBUNAL AT 10AM AND THERE WAS NO NOTICES ON THE COURTROOM BOARDS OUTSIDE.
    THERE ARE USUALLY SIGNS UP EXPLAINING THE HEARINGS AND AT WHAT COURTROOM, AND WHO IS PRESIDING……………….

    MY REPRESENTATIVE FROM DISABILITY ACTION GROUP, SCARBOROUGH, MET ME OUTSIDE THE CHAMBERS.
    UPON BEING SUMMONED INTO THE ROOM I WAS MET BY NONE OTHER THAN JUDGE DAVID WALL AND A FEMALE SAT TO HIS LEFT………..

    WHAT WAS THIS SAME JUDGE, WHO RECENTLY MADE A DECISION ON STOPPING MY DLA, DOING AT THIS HEARING?

    SURELY IT WAS NOT A MISTAKE?

    AS I ENTERED THE COURT HE ANNOUNCED HIMSELF AND THE FEMALE DOCTOR SAT BESIDE HIM.

    I SAID THAT I DON’T WANT TO BE RUDE, BUT I AM NOT ATTENDING A JUDGEMENT, WITH YOU PRESIDING BECAUSE IT IS NEITHER, FAIR, INDEPENDENT OR IMPARTIAL.

    HE ASKED MY REPRESENTATIVE WHO ALSO SAID IT WAS ODD FOR HIM TO BE ON THE PANEL.

    JUDGE WALL ASKED US TO GO OUTSIDE…………..

    ON CALLING US BACK IN, HE STATED THAT I MUST EXPRESS AN OPINION WHY THE TRIBUNAL SHOULD GO AHEAD.

    I TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD BEEN AT AN EARLIER TRIBUNAL THAT TOOK AWAY MY INCOME AND I HAD BEEN SURVIVING ON £32.32P SINCE LAST JULY.

    I TOLD HIM AND HIS COLLEAGUE THAT I SAW THEM AS PARASITES WHO FILL THEIR BLOATED WALLETS ON THE BACKS OF THOSE DISABLED WHO THEY STEAL THE BENEFITS FROM!

    HE SAID, THAT’S YOUR OPINION AND I SAID NO, THE OPINION OF ALL THE DISABLED OUT THERE.

    EVERYTHING I SAID HE WROTE DOWN, BECOMING RATHER FLUSTERED, ASKING ME TO SLOW DOWN……….

    I WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE, AT THE LAST TRIBUNAL HAD IGNORED, EQUALITY LAW, DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAW AND HUMAN RIGHT LAW, MAKING IT EVIDENT THAT THE DWP WERE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ME FOR NOT ALLOWING ME THE MINIMUM AMOUNT TO SURVIVE, ESPECIALLY BEING REGISTERED AS DISABLED.

    NEVERTHELESS, HE ASKED US TO LEAVE THE COURTROOM AND TO COME BACK WHEN CALLED………..

    ON BEING CALLED BACK IN, I ASKED THE FEMALE DOCTOR IF SHE WAS TRAINED IN MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES OF THE SPINE AND IT’S EFFECT ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, IMPACTING ON THE BLADDER.

    JUDGE WALL SAID YOU CANNOT ASK HER THAT, YOU MUST POSE THE QUESTION THROUGH ME.
    AGAIN I ASKED THE QUESTION AND THE JUDGE DECIDED TO ANSWER, SAYING, “WE ARE A TEAM OF SPECIALISTS, NOT EXPERTS”

    I ASKED IF THEY ARE NOT EXPERTS, HOW CAN THEY MAKE A DECISION ON SOMEONES HEALTH ISSUES?

    THE JUDGE SAID SHE IS A QUALIFIED DOCTOR, QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO READ GP’S NOTES.

    THE JUDGE ASKED US TO ADJOURN ONCE MORE…………….

    ON CALLING US BACK IN, HE ANNOUNCED THAT AFTER JOINT CONSULTATION WITH THE DOCTOR, THEY WOULD PRESS AHEAD WITH THE TRIBUNAL, DESPITE OUR OBJECTIONS…..

    I SAID, “OVER MY DEAD BODY” AND I WALKED OUT OF THE CHAMBER.

    SHORTLY AFTER, MY REPRESENTATIVE CAME OUT AND SAID THAT HE HAD STATED THE CASE SHOULD NOT CONTINUE…………….

    WHILST IN THE ROOM I TOLD JUDGE WALL THAT I WAS APPLYING TO COUNTY COURT TO SUE ATOS FOR THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I HAD LOST DUE TO A BIASED, INCORRECT AND LOW QUALITY MEDICAL REPORT…………

    THE JUDGE HASTILY WROTE THIS DOWN……………

  100. AL says:

    So an utter waste of time and of the HARD working taxpayers money. (wonder what these tribunals cost?) Good job they don’t mind the cost and have deep pockets, else all these tribunals would be causing disention among the masses having to pay. I suppose so long as it lines the pockets of the rich and not idle scum-bags, everyone is happy?

    So um, dare I ask, when does this shambles get sorted out then?

    On a side issue, if the presiding doctor at a Tribunal is retired and no longer has a licence to practice, is and never has specialised in the health issue he will be advising on, what kind of advice can he realistically offer? Research and ideas are constantly changing so the Doctor needs to keep up with changes, but why if you are specialist in one field would you keep up with all the changes pertaining to medicine, especially if you are retired anyway? Surely the field is too vast hence the need to specialise? My feeling is that these tribunals are for show only, the advice being offered by the medical people must in the majority of cases be limited.

    No one reason for losing appeal, filled in ESA50. A Doctor isn’t need to decide this it’s just fact.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

      I ALSO MENTIONED IN MY TRIBUNAL THAT THE LAST TIME I WAS IN COURT, THE SAME RETIRED FEMALE DOCTOR WHO HAD BEEN PRESENT AT AN EARLIER TRIBUNAL, WAS ALSO PRESENT AGAIN………..

      I ASKED, HOW COME SOMEBODY WHO IS RETIRED AND BEEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR SO LONG, BE UP TO PRESENT DAY EXPECTATIONS?

      THE MOTHBALL BRIGADE, WHETHER JUDGES OR DOCTORS ARE ALWAYS THERE TO PICK UP A FREEBIE GENERATED BY DISABILITY DENIAL………..

      SAME OLD FACES FILLING THEIR WALLETS AT THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE THEY ARE DRIVING INTO DESTITUTION.

      THE CLASS SYSTEM IN FULL SWING, TAKING AWAY OUR MEAGRE LIFE EXISTENCE WHILE SITTING ON THEIR ARSES POCKETING SMALL FORTUNES……….

      THESE PEOPLE CONSIDER THEMSELVES MUCH BETTER THAN YOU, BEFORE YOU EVEN ENTER THE TRIBUNAL,

      A PLEB THAT IS WORTHY OF ERADICATION, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS, A USELESS EATER, TO USE THE NAZI DEFINITION………….

  101. Humanity2012 says:

    In Light of the Tendency of too many in this Land to Bash the ” Kraut ” it should be Remembered that the First
    Modern Welfare State to Help the Poor was Germany under Otto von Bismarck
    There was the Sickness Insurance Law of 1883 the Accident Insurance Law of 1884 and the Old Age and Disability Insurance Law of 1889 .

    In a Speech in March 1884 Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
    The Real Grievance of the worker is the Insecurity of his Existence; he is not sure that he will always have work, he is not sure that he will always be healthy, and he foresees that he will one day be Old and unfit to work. If he falls into Poverty, even if only through a prolonged illness, he is then completely helpless, left to his own devices, and society does not currently recognize any real obligation towards him beyond the usual help for the Poor, even if he has been working all the time ever so faithfully and diligently. The usual help for the Poor, however, leaves a Lot to be Desired, especially in large cities, where it is very much Worse than in the Country

    It seems Otto von Bismarck Chancellor of Imperial GermanyCared More for the Poor than too many Politician’s in ” Modern Democratic Britain “

  102. Humanity2012 says:

    Euthanasia and Eugenics are too Evils which should Always be Opposed

  103. Humanity2012 says:

    It is Vital that Any Government which is Not another Con Dem Government
    is Not a Rich People’s Supremacist Regime and that the Poor and Vulnerable
    are Not Victimised

    That Welfare Benefit Levels are Increased and Degrading Treatement Ended

  104. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE IF THEY HAVE THE BALLS TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.

    From: Mike Brodie

    22 April 2014

    Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

    I would very much appreciate if you could give me the number of

    claims which have been made in the year 2013 under the Disability

    Discrimination Act of 1995, the Equalities Act of 2010 and the DDO
    of 2006 in the UK. 



    From this number i would also like to know how many have been
    
successful in winning the judgement.



    I don’t think that disabled people are given enough of a voice to
    have their cases heard and this has to change with the courts
    giving a fairer view on its rulings taking into account the stress
    and mental health of the individual whose case has been heard.

    A Company/Organisation/Employer will invariable have greater
    financial resources to fight any action made by an individual to
    bring about change or a case for discrimination and this HAS to be
    noted by ALL judges when a case is brought before them.

    Yours faithfully,

    Mike Brodie

    MCB Mind
    http://www.mcbmind.co.uk

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/disability_discrimination_act#incoming-510626

  105. Humanity2012 says:

    Instead of just Fiddling About in their Little Tiny Worlds People should be
    Out Demonstrating For Social Justice and against the Greed Arrogance and
    Materialist Vanity of the Filthy Rich

    Hands Off The Poor

  106. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Dear Mr Reynolds. I have not read your reports for some time. Up to date now. Respect! I KNOW YOU ARE TELLING THE TRUTH. All things you comment upon I concur.

    I am due a re-assessment. Am in dispute with many parties. Have all ATOS interviews recorded. Wait to be ‘failed’. Upon failure will appeal. This will be interesting because I reported patient and staff abuse at my place of work…and was investigated x20. It took me to the edge,and off of it. That’s how I ended up ‘sick’. Traumatised. My allegations against misdoings by management were never investigated…and as they should have been and requested by my employers Occ Health. Well,traumatised,I am now going to have to get the police involved…cos ££££ was stolen,patient/staff assaulted x20 other serious matters. I have told other authorities what was happening. 0 done. In some areas it echoes the Saville cover-up. Well,health authorities,health professionals…there’s a lotta people who are gonna be called to account as to why,when I told ‘em what was going on,they didn’t report these abuses…as their professional body demands they do.

    Still,who cares about the sick and disabled. Not those in power. Not those who benefit from the system. They make the £££ for themselves and their friends…then get out to put blame and a tangled spiders web of tie-ups around bottom-feeding staff. Read Abhu Grahib,the abuse in care homes. Yes,lower grade soldiers and care workers should not abuse captives/patients but if they report wrong-doing they’re ostracized and sacked,disregard policy and procedure,prosecuted. They are the fall guys. You do what you want at the top with impunity. You see it with Iraq,Mid Staff Hospital. Look and yer find.

    The leading Nazis sleep like tops.

    As a registered HP myself there is no inducement to stand up for patients rights of care etc. You will be crucified if you do so. You’ll be fit up. HM will get 15 consultants round her bedside for an outbreak of acne….for Agnes,she can drink water from the flower glass and have her ££££ stolen. ‘Of course,its always staffs fault.

  107. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Read what has happened to other HPs who have spoken up for patients and standards? It’s Hammer Horror: everything is done to disparage you. They’ll fit you up .And at the top you have soccer leagues of lawyers working for management that will prosecute you and send you nuts. They have endless £££ on prosecuting you. You will lose marriage and house…the lot or upholding written standards of care. Down,you then meet ATOS. It’s a perfect set up. Forget yer auntie Maud if she gets into the wrong place: there aint nuffin that’s gonna save her. Yer relying on a martyr…or a saint in care to save her. It really is Nazi Germany: you don’t tell the SS what’s wrong…NOT if you wanna stay alive with a career. Not in nursing.

    Maybe things have changed since I was employed within the XXX. Perhaps. And at every stage in fighting for your right and those of patients and staff, you have the quislings,and those who would like to support you,but fear the consequences. They know what happens to those who speak out against ,staff shortages,improper management and its practices..all leading to patient neglect,lack o care.

    Nah! Don’t believe the British judicial system will do anything right for you. They are working within the system with ‘the Man’. ££££ buy their silence and their judgements.

    Believe in your union? But what happens when your senior union rep takes a job with management but is given a new job in employment management relations? Conflict of interest? Recruited by management because s/he was winning too many cases against ‘em at Hearings. Give him/her promotion: problem solved.

    Anyone read o what happened to the nurse who exposed what woz happening to the elderly down in Brighton? Management 1. Nurse,prosecuted. And the patients were cryin’ out in agony left in their own urine and excrement!!

    • brunz says:

      STITCHED UP AND BROKE.i HEREBY pronounce you as a fraud who is living off of other peoples misery!If you could do something you would have,if you can make a difference you would but you are just quoting stuff we know.go away and stop talking rubbish .Sod you what kicks are you getting?so you checked out Geoffs records and he checks out?LIAR and banker,go away.

  108. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Remember,NHS/DWP NEVER lose a case. This is important. For given DWP/NHS management do fail in court and any £ is awarded against ‘em,you,the poor,are gonna pay for it with reduced benefits or raised texes etc. O course,if they win,the message goes out: Don’t mess with us,we’ll ruin ya,send ya to hell.
    And the managers and the courts and the legal reps all get their ££££££££. They aint complainin!!!

  109. stitchedupandbroken says:

    Thank you Brunz for your support. Margaret Heywood had people such as you supporting her. Taken to Calvary Hill for crucifixtion. Left on the cross. You are not a kind person

  110. stitchedupandbroken says:

    But Brunz…I believe you are unwell. Take care

  111. Stepping Razor says:

    It seems disabled people do not have the right & law for charging people with Disability Hate Crime. It seems the Disability Hate Crime Law is used against disabled people. DWP Policy.

  112. Stepping Razor says:

    The Contradiction Policy in full swing.

  113. Stepping Razor says:

    DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE – DNS – MAY 2nd 2014

    DWP faces cover-up claims over Work Choice ‘fraud’ investigation

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing accusations of a cover-up, after clearing one of its specialist welfare-to-work providers of fraud allegations, despite refusing to interview either of the two whistleblowers.

    Perveen Sud and Reena Gour came forward last year to describe how the Work Choice provider Seetec had been artificially inflating the number of jobs it said it was finding for disabled people.

    Sud and Gour described to Disability News Service (DNS) how Seetec offered Work Choice clients as free labour to charities and other host organisations, and then paid their wages for the next six months while allegedly pretending to DWP that the salaries were instead being paid by the host organisations.

    Three organisations then told DNS how they had accepted disabled job-seekers for six-month placements, even though it was made clear to Seetec that they were just volunteer roles, they would not be paid, and there would be no jobs available at the end of the six months.

    Despite this, Seetec – which provides Work Choice services in west and north London and has more than 800 employees – is alleged to have logged the placements as “job outcomes”, claiming payments from the government both at the beginning and end of the six months.

    Seetec was able to make a profit because the amount it received from DWP – thousands of pounds for every client who completed six months in a job – was hundreds of pounds a month more than it paid the clients, who only had to work 20 hours a week at minimum wage to qualify for a job outcome.

    Sud and Gour, both former employees of Seetec, passed on their concerns to DWP last August.

    A DWP spokeswoman told DNS earlier this month that the investigation into their claims had found “no fraud” had taken place.

    But she refused to say whether the investigation reached any other conclusions, or whether it had criticised Seetec.

    Now DNS has confirmed that neither of the whistleblowers was interviewed by the DWP investigation team.

    Sud said: “We have the evidence but we were never ever called. It is a bit concerning because [the fraud] was so blatant.”

    She said DWP’s conclusion that there was no evidence of fraud was a “surprise” and “makes no logical sense”.

    And she said she was “upset and angry” with the way DWP dealt with the “investigation”, and added: “If they have done a thorough investigation, how is that possible without even talking to the whistleblowers?”

    Gour said she also had not been interviewed by DWP, or asked for her evidence.

    She said: “DWP didn’t want to speak to us. When someone makes an allegation, the first thing should be to come back and ask questions, but they haven’t done anything at all, not even a phone call.

    “Companies like Seetec can get away with things like this. It’s not nice, it’s unethical.”

    After speaking to the two whistleblowers, DNS passed their concerns to DWP, which has so far refused to comment on why it failed to interview them.

    Labour’s shadow employment minister, Stephen Timms, who tabled a parliamentary question about the fraud allegations last November, after having the claims passed to him by DNS, said this week: “I am deeply worried that the DWP does not even appear to have investigated these allegations properly.

    “Complacency in this area is disastrous. Government departments must be vigilant on fraud, DWP above all.”

    Seetec declined to comment.

    1 May 2014

    DisabilityNewsService: -
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/05/dwp-faces-cover-up-claims-over-work-choice-fraud-investigation/

  114. Stepping Razor says:

    Same old fraud Seetec – Whatever you wanna call it Atos all over again. FAILED FAILURE !!

  115. brunz says:

    One year left,minus 2 days,We should be rid of Ids and co,so what are they going to do to try to distance themselves from their policys?how do we make sure labour are held to account?how do we get the death rates out? I myself will contact my local labour candidate and ask for the death rates over the last 3 yrs for people on esa appeal.if I can get them then at least labour will know we are checking.im voting ukip.

  116. Humanity2012 says:

    Evil Collaborators are Scum Shame on Them and the Spinelessness and Selfishness
    of the Masses in General

    The Materialistic Lack Morality

  117. GEOFF REYNOLDS says:

    MY ATOS EXAMINATION WAS DONE BY A PURELY GREEDY HORRIBLE BASTARD NAMED EMMA BRODRICK………………….

    RATHER THAN WRITE THE TRUTH OF WHAT I WAS CAPABLE OF DOING. MY REPORT STATED THAT “CLIENT DECLINED”.
    THIS WAS NOT WRITTEN ONCE, BUT SEVENTY FIVE TIMES………….

    UPON SUBMITTING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO THE DWP, IT WAS ASKED, WHY REPORTS CONTAINED THE WORDS, “CLIENT DECLINED.
    THE DWP FREEDOM OF INFORMATION RESPONSE STATES THAT THE LIMA SOFTWARE PROGRAMME USED BY ATOS, CANNOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN CANNOT AND WILL NOT DURING AN EXAMINATION……………….

    THIS IS A BLATANT LIE BY THE DWP AS FURTHER INFORMATION RELEASES BY THE DWP SHOW THE LIST OF SELECTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THE OPERATOR ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN.

    ONE OF THE SELECTIONS, THE FIRST ONE, STATES CLEARLY,”CANNOT DO THE OPERATION THAT WAS ASKED OF THEM”

    IN OTHER WORDS, THE OPERATOR, THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, (STOP LAUGHING), HAS PURPOSELY BEEN INSTRUCTED TO USE THE AMBIGUOUS WORDING ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION TO THE DWP DECISION MAKER, THAT THE CLAIMANT REFUSED TO DO WHAT WAS ASKED OF THEM ON THE DAY OF THE EXAMINATION, RATHER THAN THE TRUTH, THEY COULDN’T………

    MY REPORT STATES THAT I SAT IN A CHAIR, WAS SEEN TO RISE UNAIDED.
    I DID NOTHING OF THE SORT, PREFERRING TO STAND WITH MY STICK.

    MY BACK WAS SAID TO BE EXAMINED, STRANGELY I WAS WEARING A CORSET WITH THREE METAL RODS IN THE BACK………….

    WHEN ASKED TO PICK THINGS UP PROPERLY, I COULD NOT DUE TO PAINS IN MY THUMBS AND SEVERED GUIDERS IN MY LEFT INDEX FINGER.
    THIS WAS REPORTED AS, YOU GUESSED, “CLIENT DECLINED”………

    THE ATOS MEDICAL REPORT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT, YET THE INCONSISTENCIES HIT YOU BETWEEN THE EYES.

    I WAS SEEN TO SIT IN A CHAIR, RISE FROM IT WITHOUT HELP, WALK TO A COUCH, BE EXAMINED, REFUSE TO DO SEVENTY FIVE ACTIONS AND REMARKABLY IT STATES AT THE END OF MY REPORT……….

    “THE CLIENT WAS OBSERVED TO STAND IN THE SAME PLACE, HOLDING ONTO HIS STICK, FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXAMINATION”

    ……………..YOU HAVE, AND ARE, BEING SYSTEMATICALLY ROBBED BY CHARLATANS WHO HAVE GAINED A CERTIFICATE ENDORSED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
    THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO ASSESS A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY, LET ALONE A HUMANS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABILITIES IN THE WORKFORCE…………………..

    “THEY ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH, PARASITES THAT FEED ON SOCIETY’S WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE”

    I HAVE TWO KIDS AND A PARTNER AND HAVE BEEN RECEIVING JUST £32.32P FOR OVER A YEAR, DESPITE BEING ORIGINALLY DIAGNOSED AS DISABLED FOR LIFE…………………..

    IT’S NO WONDER THAN DUNCAN SMITH IS TRYING HIS HARDEST TO HIDE THE MORTALITY RATES FROM PUBLIC VIEW.
    THE TIMES THAT I HAVE THOUGHT OF ENDING MY PERSONAL TORTURE ARE COUNTLESS.

    IT IS A TORTURE THAT NO ORDINARY PERSON COULD EVER REALISE, THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT HUMAN, THEY ARE STATE ASSISTED ASSASSINS………………………..

    MY RESOLVE TO BRING THESE CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE HAS GIVEN ME THE STRENGTH TO FIGHT BACK……….

    THEY ARE NOW MORE AFRAID OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS THAN YOU WOULD EVER IMAGINE.

    THE NOOSE IS TIGHTENING………………………………………………