HomeBlogMichael Meacher MP: ‘My speech on ATOS Work Capability Assessments’
  • Boadacia! January 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I hope the above can be posted all over the country, and every web-site possible. The current government and the last who instigated this useless corrupt French company, ATOS should be taken to courts throughout the land, for at the very least, criminal medical negligence, and more justly, for causing death by mental and physical torture!

  • jay January 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve posted it on my music blog:


    Well done to Michael Meacher at least one politician is making an effort hopefully more will follow his lead and end this horror.

    I am sure that tomorrow’s daily comics will be all about Algeria and ignore what is happening on their own doorstep.

    Well said Boadicea, I would also include those in high positions at the DWP for their S.S. like collusion.

  • steve davies January 18, 2013 at 12:11 am

    This unfair , unreliable and a medical assessment process that lacks any validity will not stop by any discussion or debate. Protest and reaction again and again will make this Government listen and take heed . Even better would be for Neo Liberals to cross the floor of the house and bring about a general election

  • alan January 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

    compensation for people who have died and for people who nearly commited suicide because of atos atos atos

  • David January 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Well done to Michael Meacher for getting this debate

    From reports of the debate I gather that Stephen Timms, the shadow minister of state for employment, said: “The architecture of employment and support allowance is sound. The assessment system, however, is clearly not up to the load it is being asked to bear.”

    While we continue to challenge and condemn the present Government for the horrific scandal they have created and continue to perpetuate, this kind of statement from Labour also needs to be strongly challenged.

    The assessment system supports the whole architecture of ESA. It is the centrepiece of the whole horrendous system.

    The methodology and the design of the WCA itself is clearly flawed, as well as its implementation and delivery by ATOS.

    It is not just a matter of who is delivering it.

    The WCA test itself is demonstrably flawed as is clear through its horrendous results.

    Its design, methodology and descriptors are a bizarre hotch potch of factors which have little to do with any real world work environment that I’ve ever come across.

    It is scandalous that the enormity of the present ESA system has been built upon it.

    It would be equally scandalous for Labour to think that anything should continue to be built upon it.

    The architecture collapses if the foundation is flawed.

    It needs to go to the rubbish tip where it belongs.

  • NoOneIsListening January 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I heard Michael Meacher on Radio 4 at lunchtime yesterday. At last someone in the Commons who is clearly as concerned as we all are. The news of this debate is of course noticeable by its absence as Algeria, demise of High Street retailers and other issues provide a useful diversion away from Welfare Reform issues and anything that matters to disabled people, the unemployed and the working poor. The Tories must be clapping their hands in glee. Where are the other politicians in the House who will stand up and join Michael Meacher in his quest to bring attention to the appalling failures of the WCA? But we must not lose hope … but we need other powerful individuals to maintain the pressure. Nothing is going to change unless others add their voices of concern and dissention on all sides of the House of Commons.

  • Beebs January 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    is there no legal recourse for those who died, specifically, those with serious life threatening illnesses?

  • Beebs January 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Has someone got Michael Meacher’s email? Its not just the Atos system here, its also collusion of medical doctors being silent, in some cases not giving letters of support for DWP assessment, or doctors minimizing symptoms, consultants at hospital do not write clinical letters reflecting seriousness of illness, deny diagnosis and report tests as normal when they are not. There is no legal recourse, no support groups, very little recourse. In otherwords, the system was designed to totally disempower offering no recourse, little legal information concerning reforms, ambiguous information given drip by drip from governmental offices. There is also funding provided for “nurses” to visit those who are homebound/bedbound to prepare for work. PIP is designed to help only those who are bedbound paralyzed head to toe, there is no provisions for those who are seriously ill, at home, hardly able to function.

  • Beebs January 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you JJ. I posted on Huff UK today. ZERO response!!! No interest. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/hugh-salmon/benefit-cuts-a-call-to-mobilise-the-disabled_b_2493567.html

  • jeffery davies January 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    yes it was well done but we now ids will not move at the killing of us daily by his bandit company who deny benefits and leave us to starve but then ids rather give it to emma who awards hersalf 8.6million in bonuses yep he rather do that kill a few more and keep the ship straight on over us taking away your benefits for those of their friends who are rich enough without our monies jeff3

  • K Peake January 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Thank God Almighty for capable, discerning politicians like Michael Meacher MP.

    73 of us dying each week of Atos (DWP)


    No record of the 43% of us found fit for work who aren’t working or receiving benefits the following year which will mean nothing to the gangster squad but be of terrible concern to anyone with a beating heart


    494 of us dying each week of cold


    1 in 500 of us currently being kept alive by responsible taxpayers at foodbanks leaping impressively to 1 in 250 of us by April


    The blame for these deaths lies squarely with the terrorists who launched this vicious and cowardly attack.

    Sign this petition to show the gangster squad what happens when they defame, illegitimise and abandon disabled people:


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