By John Pring, Disability News Service, Friday 3rd August 2012
Questions have been raised over a government minister’s failure to listen to serious concerns about the controversial “fitness for work” test.
The concerns emerged after the airing of two prime-time television documentaries this week, both focusing on the operation of the test used to assess eligibility for the new out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA).
A Channel 4 investigation through its Dispatches strand on Monday evening was immediately followed by a Panorama expose on BBC Two, and both heavily criticised the work of Atos Healthcare, the company which carries out the work capability assessments (WCA) for the government.
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