British disabled anti-Atos fight continues


This video from England is called DPAC and UK uncut team target Paralympics sponsor ATOS.

By Dave Sewell in Britain:

Tue 23 Oct 2012

Atos documents reveal the chaos behind Tory benefit reforms

Protests are having an impact on Atos Healthcare, the private firm paid by the government to test whether people are “disabled enough” to receive benefits.

Bungling officials at the Department for Work and Pensions have put confidential documents online. They reveal fears that the firm’s noxious reputation and nature of its tests will see it struggle to recruit enough healthcare professionals.

The tender forms for Atos’s bid to assess for the new personal independence payment benefit (PIP) refer repeatedly to these concerns.

Top of the list of risks in its risk assessment is the danger that “HPs [healthcare professionals] decide that they do not want to participate in PIP”. The cause is described as “adverse publicity”.

That’ll be all the protests—such as the high-profile week of action against Atos’ sponsorship of the Paralympic Games.

Elsewhere the tender document acknowledges that “experience shows us that the key reasons staff leave are job content, job variety and salary”.

That’s hardly surprising given the testimonies of disabled people who were reduced to tears by the assessments that make up Atos workers’ job content.

Just last month former Atos nurse Joyce Drummond publicly apologised for her time at the company. She, like many others, quit the job because of the stress of “having to trick sick people out of their benefit”.

Deskilling

One way around this problem has been deskilling. Many disabled people have been shocked to see the decisions of their GPs ignored by Atos staff who are not doctors.

The PIP tender document reveals Atos’ plans to hire just nine doctors for the whole south of England. And they plan to hire just ten for the whole of Scotland and the north of England.

Most of the assessments will be carried out by hundreds of physiotherapists. Atos lists “availability,” “cost” and “the desire for this work” among the reasons for this balance.

The other part of its damage limitation strategy seems to be to shamelessly fib. The document boasts of a “successful record of engagement” with groups representating disabled people—including Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac), the group behind most of the protests against Atos.

On the TUC demo last Saturday Paula, a Dpac campaigner from Kent, described Atos’s claim as “an absolute lie”.

“They want to undermine us, to play divide and conquer, while people are dying,” she told Socialist Worker. “We’ve lost 1,200 so far—and that’s before the new PIP benefit, the bedroom tax and all the other cuts that are to come.”

Paula was one of hundreds of Dpac activists blocking the road at Marble Arch after the TUC demonstration in London last Saturday.

‘DISABLED people and their families are struggling to make ends meet and feel increasingly nervous about the future’, warned Disability UK on Monday: here.

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12 thoughts on “British disabled anti-Atos fight continues

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  2. HOW TO BEAT ATOS :
    SEND TO EVERY DISABLED PERSON :
    1-ATOS “HEALTHCARE”PLC
    is the governments “healthcare provider”
    2-YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT-TO “COMPLAIN” ABOUT A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. (AND ITS FREE)
    3-TO :
    *THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL. *THE HEALTH OMBUDSMAN.
    *THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION EUROPE
    4-THEY HAVE TO, INVESTIGATE-EVERY COMPLAINT.
    5-SO- ONE DISABLED PERSON COMPLAINS
    6-WHAT ABOUT 1000, 10,000, 100,000… MILLIONS -SENDING…. 7-ATOS – HAVE A LEGAL DUTY, TO ANSWER EVERY COMPLAINT.
    8-COSTING ATOS MILLIONS OF £££’s
    9-TYING UP ATOS SERVICES.! FOR YEARS…
    PASS IT ON,-WE ALL DO THIS.
    *IT’LL BURY ATOS AND DWP, IN CLAIMS COSTING MILLIONS TO PROCESS.
    * “THAT’S” HOW TO WIN…
    THE CONTRACT – WON’T BE WORTH DOING
    (FOR ANYONE).
    *PASS IT ON – LETS DO THIS.
    ATOS IS RUN AS A
    “BUSINESS” SO THIS’LL
    COST THEM M MILLIONS
    AND MAKE THEIR CONTRACT : “COLLAPSE”
    COMPLAIN TO :
    GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL
    3, HARDMAN STREET
    MANCHESTER
    M3 3AW
    TEL : 0161-923-6200
    FAX : 0161-923-6201
    EMAIL : gmc@gmc-uk.org

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  4. My appeal hearing for ESA is in a couple of weeks i requested and recieved my copy of my assessment papers i was astonished the doctors report on me was nothing but fabrication, i will give you 1 example, the Dr wrote that i have stopped socialising because since losing my job i can not afford alcohol or cigarettes. But i dont drink or smoke., so how do i prove it to the appeal panel. when i appealed my doctor sent a letter about my depression, but on the doctors medical report of me she gives me a clean bill of health on every mental health question, even though i had written on the ESA-50 form that i couldnt cope with day to day living. But on the last sentence in her summary she rights has no history of mental health but has developed depression IMHO i think this part was added after they had read my doctors letter. The biggest mistake i have spotted, is on the Decision Makers Determanation letter, this is the final letter where the faceless DWP employees explain the law and justificatoin and reason for turning you down. It has my name at the top left hand corner and goes on to explanations with my name here and there, then finishes with so Mrs Mc Manus has no significant funnctional limitations. so according to DH i sat the test and she failed, Does anybody no the legal implications on this.

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