- Patients who are seriously ill are being told to work
- Evidence of false assessments is mounting
- Doctors making those assessments are being referred to the GMC
- MPs have strongly crticised ATOS and said that their name triggers "fear and loathing".
- A variety of e-petitions have sprung up, e.g. here and here.
- Around 40% of appeals are upheld, but the stress and pain that claimants are put through is proving very difficult for them.
- ATOS have threatened to sue a disabled man who set up a website exposing them.
There have been 189,800 WCA assessments up to the end of August 2009. Of these assessments:
• 10% have been assessed as Support Group
• 22% have been assessed as Work Related Activity
• 69% have been deemed Fit for Work
Call me old fashioned and boring, but I just don't believe that only 10% of ESA claimants are fit to work. It just doesn't feel right. The report suggests that 69% of claimants should look for a job now. Sorry, that doesn't stack up... the assessments must be politically motivated.
The latest move by ATOS to silence people is appalling. Threatening a disabled man last week and then removing a support forum for ATOS sufferers (can't think of what else to call them...) is despicable.
It is difficult to know where to go with this though. The BBC have published on it, some MPs aren't happy. Perhaps an investigation by Panorama might not go amiss?