This quango earns £80 million plus a year from the DWP to assess claimants for benefits medically. Many claimants are very disabled, have had months of treatment and surgery and are still under the care of NHS surgeons and GPs yet the DWP in their wisdom still ask for ATOS assessments.
The assesments are made by so called professionals who have been on a three day training course. Some are doctors, some are nurses aome are simply clerks. I know of numerous cases where the assessment has been so innaccurate and incorrect that appeals have been made.
Many of the appeals have been upheld but no one fines or deducts money from Atos and claimants are not given an explanation from the DWP, only from Atos. The DWP simply send out forms and start the whole ridiculous process all over again.
Why is this idea important?
This system is another |Blair/Brown totalitarian nonsense that second guesses NHS surgeons and GPs in an attempt to catch people who are genuine claimants and prevent them from claiming benefits..
It is a bureacratic muddle; form filling and red tape nonsense costing well over the £80 million ATOS get. The DWP and appeals tribunals and lawyers are all paid by HM gov as a rsult of employing ATOS. Surely experienced surgeons and GPs are far better qualified to make an assessment than the idiots I have encountered in Atos.
I am about to sue them for damages and for falsifying reports and for gross incompetence in assessing my case wrongly. I hope I am not he only one.
This cost and red tape nightmare needs to be purged immediately.