THE Daily Heil’s Scottish Political Editor has today ascribed alleged acts of criminal violence to a ‘Left-wing campaign against welfare reform’.
He writes that ‘Medical Experts’ are being assaulted for carrying out tests on benefit claimants to ‘discover’ if they are fit for work!
At 12.17 today during Prime Minister’s Question’s Michael McCann (Lab, East Kilbride) caused widespread laughter when he asked Cammers whether AtoS has found “Richard III fit to work”.
Cameron typically ducked the question by replying that he hopes the discovery of the former monarch’s remains will engender “deeper historical understanding“.
Roden dismisses the Scottish Daily Record’s campaign for justice for sick and/or disabled people as nothing less than the rantings of the ‘Left-wing press’.
Pictured: Keiran McArdle who lost his Dad to AtoS
As Black Triangle’s Joe Kane has so succinctly stated:
‘Notice the Daily Mail propagandist, Alan Rodent, deliberately conflates perfectly peaceful legitimate activity in a liberal democracy, such as participating in online public forums and taking part in peaceful protests outside AtoS buildings, with criminal activity.
‘George Orwell wouldn’t be surprised.
‘There is not a shred of evidence of violence or criminal involvement in any anti-ESA activism anywhere.
‘This article proves nothing except there were 51 incidents in 3 months associated with people who happen to work for Atos’
No proof is provided for Roden’s assertions, either from the Police or the Procurator Fiscal.
In fact, the figures are AtoS’s own and originate from the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee report on their fact-finding visit to the AtoS processing centre at York Place in Edinburgh.
Roden’s article is in fact a piece of ‘churnalism’ lifted from an article by Alan Robertson in the Scottish Parliament’s in-house magazine ‘Holyrood’.
He makes the point that the Atos so called ‘Medical Experts’ require to strictly follow orders in applying U.K. Government rules when testing ‘benefit claimants’. So that’s alright then.
Coming to the ‘Medical Expert’ nonsense, this is from a recent Freedom of Information request:
‘In response to your questions; the training and qualifications held by HCP’s in disability assessment are not recognised by the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2007 or by any such legislation.
‘There is no information to indicate that HCP Training or qualifications HCP’s receive from DWP/Medical Services in disability assessment are recognised by statute in the UK, or EU Regulations nor that they receive any recognition from any UK or EU academic institutions.
‘In reviewing your request I uphold the decision of the Freedom of Information Officer in part, and have added information where appropriate. I am therefore satisfied now that all the information that DWP are able to supply to you has been supplied.
‘If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above’
Yours sincerely, DWP Central FoI Team
Roden alleges that some politicians ‘including some in the Labour Party who are unable to speak out publicly’ are ‘furious’ that AtoS workers are being ‘demonised‘!
Now the perpetrators have become victims in Daily Heil Land.
It is the position of this campaign that no self-respecting ‘Health Care Professional’ should prostitute their skills by participating in ‘systems and policies that cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society’ as the BMA put it demanding an end to the Work Capability Assessment régime.
The General Medical Council’s ethical and professional guide ‘Good Medical Practice: Duties of a doctor‘ states at (6):
‘If you have good reason to think that patient safety is or may be seriously compromised by inadequate premises, equipment, or other resources, policies or systems, you should put the matter right if that is possible.’
‘In all other cases you should draw the matter to the attention of your employing or contracting body. If they do not take adequate action, you should take independent advice on how to take the matter further. You must record your concerns and the steps you have taken to try to resolve them.’
Since the BMA have called for the system to be scrapped we would suggest that the way to take the matter further is now to withdraw one’s labour from AtoS.
We say that this ethical obligation applies to all Health Care Professionals. Receiving blood money from AtoS for carrying out these ‘tests’ is a shameful betrayal of your respective professions and your own consciences.
As Yehuda Bauer said of the Holocaust:
“I come from a people who gave the Ten Commandments to the world.
“Time has come to strengthen them by three additional ones, which we ought to adopt and commit ourselves to:
“thou shall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander.”
Roden writes that ‘the burden on taxpayers soared’ under the last Labour government.
As Joe Kane writes:
“The burden to taxpayers”
– The language used in Nazi propaganda comes so easy to DM writers. It’s almost their in-house style and the way they think about the world.
Black Triangle is a proud member of the Glasgow Against Atos alliance and we will continue to fight together – united in truth and solidarity – until AtoS and the Work Capability Assessment régime is brought crashing down into the sewer of the more shameful episodes of our history.
And we will continue to expose the filthy lies and propaganda of the Right-wing Fascist press.
As for the Tory MSP Alex Johnstone’s breathtakingly perverse comment about ‘rabble-rousers’ needing to examine their consciences we can only reply:
“YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET!”