The Edinburgh-based Black Triangle Campaign and Bill Scott, manager of Inclusion Scotland, are among signatories to an open letter which claims the company is profiting from denying benefits to people genuinely unable to work.
Atos has a £100 million a year contract to administer fitness-to-work tests to those claiming incapacity benefits during the introduction of the employment support allowance.
The letter, which is also signed by Scottish GP Stephen Carty, Unite rep Dave Sherry and Dr Marion Hersh of the University of Glasgow, calls for Atos to be prevented from attending a jobs fair this weekend hosted by the BMA’s publication, the British Medical Journal. It also calls for the Royal College of Nursing to reject advertising from the firm.
The letter argues that medical professionals working for Atos are compromised by targets that can conflict with patients’ clinical needs, and claims that doctors’ and nurses’ ethics are being “corrupted” by Atos.
Atos Healthcare was last night unavailable for comment.