“Seriously ill patients told to work”
A BBC investigation has heard claims of seriously ill patients being told they are fit enough to work and denied benefit payments.
Two former doctors for the private healthcare company Atos, which carries out the medical assessments have expressed concerns that the checks are being done too quickly and that the system is biased towards declaring people fit for work.
So begins this article on the BBC News website.
It should come as no surprise to anybody, of course, as it’s quite clear that ESA – which, in the way it’s implemented, doesn’t even comply with its own legislation – is aimed primarily at getting people off disability benefits and onto Job Seekers’ Allowance which, of course pays a lot less. Whether they are fit to work quite clearly is of no consequence.
The system is so deeply flawed that currently around 44,000 cases are awaiting appeal. That’s an insane figure.
BBC TV current affairs, I learned from the Benefits & Work e-mailshot, today, is currently looking into the problems of claiming ESA, particularly with reference to the Atos-run medical assessments, so if you have had problems with the ESA medical examination, either with its inadequacy or because it’s just plain wrong, then do feel free to contact the BBC.
For example, I was told by the father of one seriously ill woman that the Atos doctor reported that she had a stoma when, in fact, she does not, which is staggeringly incompetent; so incompetent, in fact, that his continued employment beggars belief** (it should come as no surprise that she was pronounced fit for work, despite having, among much else, minimal cognitive abilities). This case, too, is subject to appeal.
**I’m forced to wonder just how dangerous this obvious quack would be if he had a proper job.
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