DWP/UNUM/ATOS SCANDAL ~ Musical Chairs: DWP Mandarin Peter Dewis who joined Unum after 16yrs concomitantly paid by AtoS



Peter Dewis: Steppin’ Sideways from Government to Unum


Herr Doktor Peter Dewis BSc MB ChB DDAM MRCP UNUM’s UK Customer Care Director

‘DDAM’ is the Diploma in Disability Assessment Medicine, a qualification whose training and accreditation is delivered by ATOS ORIGIN. 

For sixteen years prior to taking up his current position at UNUM (which commenced in 2000) Dr Dewis held a post with the UK Government’s Department of Social Security (the precursor to today’s DWP).

He seems to have worked his way through levels of the DSS, as UNUM describe him as having held ‘claims management, managerial and policy roles’ there (I would link to the Unum web resource for this, but like quite a lot of their ‘old’ publicity material the hyperlink has disappeared, so the account only remains as an excerpt within a Nexis search result).

In their (2008) description of his place in their Executive Committee UNUM also position him as a ‘recognised expert in the developing discipline of Disability Assessment Medicine’.

One would hope so, seeing as he co-authored, with Mansel Aylward, the DWP commissioned ‘Disability Handbook’ (2nd Ed) in 1998 – the book that tops the list of ‘Essential Reading’ for those taking the DDAM.

As the string of letters after his name include ‘DDAM’ I hope he really aced that course, considering that he himself helped provide its academic underpinnings!

I’m joking. I imagine its some kind of convention that when you devise a course you’re entitled to award yourself the qualification.

Rather messes with your mind, though, that idea….

So, to sum it up: Here is a man who has extensive (one might say ‘insider’) experience of the way government works with respect to our Social Security/Welfare System, someone used to shaping policies.

During his time as a public servant he laid the foundations for disability assessment through compilation of the Disability Handbook, following that up in 1999 by being ‘instrumental’ in setting up the training course designed to turn the medically qualified into ‘Disability Analysts’.

Though working for UNUM since 2000 he has also been a practicing examiner for the DDMA (certainly as late as 2008 according to UNUM’s account), and therefore simultaneously in the pay of  ATOS who deliver the course (see link above).

Evidently the connections between UNUM and ATOS are much more symbiotic than either they or our government are willing to admit.

The DWP constantly try to downplay the influence that UNUM have had on our welfare policies (positioning them as one among many holders of expertise that they have consulted), yet once again this is belied by the patterns of shared executive employment across the two companies.


5 thoughts on “DWP/UNUM/ATOS SCANDAL ~ Musical Chairs: DWP Mandarin Peter Dewis who joined Unum after 16yrs concomitantly paid by AtoS

  1. DAVID A SHAW says:

    Interesting you can hold positions of so called ‘medical ‘expertise, yet obviously have none. Invent letters to put after your name, and then create anti-disablility and welfare policy to save your employers money. But not forgetting your main task which is a sideways move to further line your own pockets and become a celebrity in the field of ignorance and stupidity.


  2. jed goodright says:

    I’ve got those quals too with a BA in gerrymandering at Oxford, a CQSW for understanding politicians who are criminally insane and an RSVP because I’m worth it!!!

  3. kelpimare says:

    Great. Just great. Our treasury is run by a greedy, rich, posh-boy twerp. Our DWP policy has been infiltrated by self-qualified, self-serving INSURANCE scammers who have been denying disability for eons. The most gutwrenching aspect of it all? They did this on Labour’s watch.
    Labour….the party of the working and vulnerable, allowed these ******** to seed DWP policy with their pet, unsubstantiated,.medically disproved theories. And the Tories, naturally, have pounced on these to their deepest mire, making THOUSANDS of PEOPLE, not statistics, LIVING, BREATHING, FEELING and HURTING PEOPLE suffer greatly….cutting their benefits….because of some self-serving insurance scam……
    Come on, Ed Milliband, speak out against this travesty against the vulnerable. Or is it to be more of the same?

  4. Humanity2012 says:

    The Case Exists for Constitutionally Protected Welfare Benefits and Disability
    Claimants Not having their Lives made Misery by the Cruelty of a Millionaires
    Regime and Out of Touch Bureaucracy this is True Human Rights a Right to
    Safety and Security without Having to be Born into Wealth and Privilege

    May we have a Secretary of State for Charity and Poor Relief

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