Outrage as firm accused of ‘smearing’ disabled is named Paralympics sponsor

 

A COMPANY accused of “smearing” thousands of ­disabled Britons by declaring them fit for work is sponsoring next year’s London Paralympics.

French firm Atos ­ Healthcare assessed 1.3million people on incapacity benefit for the Tory-led Coalition, ruling 150,000 should get a job.

But the decision was overturned and a Commons select committee said Atos’s “unacceptable” ­blunders cost the taxpayer £30million a year.

Campaigner John McArdle called Atos’s involvement an “insult”.

He added: “Because of them, many disabled people will have to wait months to get their benefits back. Their sponsorship is unacceptable.”

The International ­Paralympic Committee said it had worked with Atos only on IT projects.

Atos Healthcare was unavailable for comment.

The Mirror

Comments
  • Paul Smith October 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Well done to John for getting the story into the Mirror…

  • smokinghorse October 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Well done and well said

  • Rebecca Stell on Facebook October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hurrah! Well done John! WE KNEW that, but they didn’t! Wakey wakey!!!

  • Rebecca Stell on Facebook October 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    ‘Commons select committee said Atos’s “unacceptable” ­blunders cost the taxpayer £30million a year’ What has it decided? What decisions have been overturned? I’ve been offline; what’s the news? Does the real world realise we are for real yet? .

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