After months of e-mailing my MP, (Norman Lamb, LibDem, Nick Clegg’s Special Political Advisor), sending him links to what we know about the DWP’s, Atos & Unum’s relationship, Unum’s recently announced marketing campaign, Mick O’Donnell’s appointment as Chief Medical Officer of Atos, the suicides, the figures relating to appeals, Ms Carr’s & the little Treasures comments on Facebook and much more, with much of what I was e-mailing him about being in the public domain I finally spoke to him about it this morning, he actually gave me a ring.
Was it worth it ?
Judge for yourself, this was his response, a letter to Maria Miller.
Norman Lamb Member of Parliament forNorth Norfolk Guyton House,5 Vicarage Street, NorthWalsham,NorfolkNR28 9DQ Telephone: 01692 403752 firstname.lastname@example.org www.normanlamb.org.uk
Maria Miller Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Minister for Disabled People Department of Works & Pensions Caxton House Tothill Street LONDON SW1H 9NA
Our Ref: NOR-Lock002-clg-2011/1078.nl
5 September 2011
Re: ATOS Healthcare
I enclose an exchange of correspondence that my office has had with my constituent, xxxx xxxxxxxx. You will be aware that my caseworker, Andrew Wells, has already written to you enclosing xxxx xxxxxxxx’s first email.
I wanted to follow up on that letter, by referring you specifically to the Black Triangle campaign. I have had a number of serious complaints made to me relating to assessments undertaken by Atos. It is really important that the public – and claimants – have confidence in Atos and in those carrying out assessments.
I would be most grateful if you could respond fully, not only to what xxxx xxxxxxxx sets out in his emails, but also to the information contained in the links that he includes in his emails.
I am concerned at what Mr xxxxxxxx has told me with regard to Lima V2. It was apparently originally developed and used in the US in the 1990s. This led to complaints that large numbers of insurance claims made to Unum Provident were improperly rejected. This has formed the basis of large numbers of court claims resulting in hundreds of million dollars of payouts. Are you aware of this?
Could you update me please on the percentage of assessments which are overturned on appeal? Please provide figures for those both with and without representation on appeal. What assessment did you make at the start with regard to the percentage of cases which would be overturned on appeal?
xxxx xxxxxxxx informs me that a company called Unum Provident “has been convicted of major fraud and banned from trading in many States in the US” up until 2008. He states that this company has been advising the DWP on welfare reform since the early 1990s. He also states that the current Atos Chief Medical Officer, Mike O’Donnell, had been Chief Medical Officer of Unum from March 2000 to September 2010. Is all this true? Can you let me know exactly what the Government knows about the position relating to Unum Provident and its relationship with Atos healthcare?
I look forward to your full response as soon as possible.
Norman Lamb MP
Member of Parliament for North Norfolk
Dictated by Norman Lamb and signed in his absence
Copy to Steve Webb MP
FFS, we are working our balls off with limited resources that sustenance benefits leaves us with, fighting for our very existence and that of others and the best he can do is write a bloody letter to Maria Miller, (somebody who has had the above information sent to her by numerous people), asking her if she’s aware of it and tells me he’ll let me know what she says ???
What’s up with him using his staff, staff that he gets generous expenses to pay their wages to check up on what we are saying and then when he knows it to be fact, (which is so easy to check up on), pass the information on to his mate Cleggy and tell him to ask Cameron the next time they are sharing a flute of champers and a few canapés WTF is going on and what’s he going to do about it, it beggars belief, what are we paying these people for ???
What do you think ?