Mass murderering psychopath Cameron tries to justify destitution and psychological torture
Destitution brought on by vile tory's ruthless welfare cuts
Cutting benefits part of a 'moral mission', Cameron tells new Cardinal
Cameron describes benefits cuts as part of a ‘moral mission’ after Archbishop of Westminster warned of the ‘disgrace’ of people left ‘destitute’
Cameron says he is giving unemployed Britons “new hope and responsibility” by cutting their benefit payments and claims his welfare reforms are part of a “moral mission” for the country.
In an article for the tory loving Telegraph, the Prime Minister issues a sharp rebuke to Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, who said recent changes had left many in “hunger and destitution”.
Cameron argues that the Archbishop of Westminster’s criticism is “simply not true” and says the overhaul of the benefits system, led by Iain Duncan Smith, himself a practising Catholic, was about “doing what is right” and not simply “making the numbers add up”.
His comments came as Archbishop Nichols, who will be made a Cardinal later this week, stepped up his warnings over implementation of welfare reforms.
Speaking as he set off for Rome to receive the honour from Pope Francis, he said he had been “inundated” with messages from people who shared his concerns.
He also accused politicians of all parties of all parties of a “lack of leadership” over immigration – relying on “fear” rather than something more “noble”.
The Archbishop first issued the warning last week, describing the benefits system as increasingly “punitive” and said the situation in which many people now found themselves was “a disgrace”.
Systematic persecution of the sick and disabled by tory assassins ATOS and DWP
Tory murdering scum use ATOS as an alternative to gas chambers who psychologically torture
victims into an early suicidal grave. The money saved goes into the coffers of ATOS and then
to the tory party come election time. A dangerous and devious scheme to murder the poorest
sections of society for profit.
BEHIND every single Scot wrongly told they are fit to work is a story of human misery and heartbreak.
Today, we reveal that almost 10,000 people were put through this unnecessary suffering in just five months.
Figures released at Westminster show 9976 Scots won tribunals after being declared well enough to work in a controversial assessment.
In just five months up to September last year, there was a 43 per cent success rate from the 23,291 appeals that were heard.
That means almost half of the original appealed decisions were wrong.
Each of those successful appeals is the story of someone ill or disabled who has been put through the terrible stress of waiting to be assessed by Atos and panicking about the consequences.
The Daily Record has been campaigning against the fit-for-work tests for months.
We have repeatedly pointed out the system administered for profit by French firm Atos and designed by the Department for Work and Pensions has been beset by errors and has fostered indignity and injustice.
The humiliating questions, repeated tests and overwhelming anxiety of this obscene process has left thousands living in fear of their income being slashed.
That is the last thing you need when you’ve fallen on hard times and are suffering serious – or possibly terminal – illness.
Despite having a contract to carry out the tests until 2015, Atos have been heavily criticised for the quality of their work. Atos, indeed, have much to answer for.
But we should remember it was a Labour government who introduced these tests (albeit Labour insist the tests have been twisted by the Tories).
And it is the Con-Dem Coalition who have presided over the spread of the tests, causing unnecessary distress to countless families.
It is more than six months since Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review of the process and there is still no real evidence of any improvements.
There is nothing wrong with trying to help the long-term ill get back to work if they are able to do so and if there are jobs available.
But what is happening is nothing more than the systematic persecution of the sick and disabled.
Tory assassins the DWP and ATOS trigger coma in mentally ill woman
Psychological torture of the seriously ill is all part of the master plan of the fascist nazi-like
Government workers pursue mentally-ill woman in COMA to see if she is 'fit to work'
A mentally-ill woman in a coma is allegedly being pursued by government workers to assess her fitness to work.
Sheila Holt, who is bipolar, had been receiving income support - but was sectioned under the Mental Health Act last month after becoming terrified when the payments were removed, her family claim.
Now, the 47-year-old woman from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been sent a letter by government-contracted healthcare company ATOS to find out whether she can gain employment.
Her family claim Ms Holt became terrified and suffered a breakdown when her benefits were withdrawn, before having a heart attack. They say she has been in a coma for more than a month.
But ATOS - which is used by the Department for Work and Pensions to assess those suitable for work under a benefits provision shake-up - now wants to assess her fitness to work.
Her family said a long-standing mental health disorder has meant she has never worked. Her case has now been taken up by Labour’s Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who has visited her in hospital.
He said the Government’s welfare reforms and the controversial Work Capability Assessment handled by ATOS were being ‘bulldozed through in an incompetent and insensitive way’.
Mr Danczuk added that Ms Holt had recently come off psychiatric treatment and been pushed onto the work programme, despite her family arguing that she could not work because of her mental illness.
He said: ‘From day one the approach by the Department of Work and Pensions has been clumsy and horribly misguided.
'I accept reform is not easy. But there has to be a smarter and more compassionate way of differentiating between those that cannot work and those that do not want to work.
'I am in favour of welfare reform but trying to bulldoze through changes in a reckless and insensitive way is not the right way to go about it.’
The MP said he feared Ms Holt’s experience was being repeated elsewhere in the country.
Ms Holt’s father Kenneth, who released the photograph published by MailOnline of his daughter in a coma, said her prognosis ‘was not good’ - but vowed that he would not give up hope of her regaining consciousness.
He said: ‘We feel the coalition’s changes to the welfare system are grossly unfair to a section of the community with mental health issues.’
Atos Healthcare spokesperson said: 'Our thoughts are with the family of Ms Holt at this difficult time and we are sorry for any further distress caused.
'When an application for benefit is made we receive a referral from the Department for Work and Pensions will automatically issue the standardised ESA50 claim form so that a claim for benefit can be made.
'Where we know of a change in circumstances either through the DWP or the family we will return the referral to the Department and not send any correspondence.'
Thousands of seriously ill victims of ATOS and the DWP have since died after being found fit to work
in a draconian system that is as close as it gets to the Nazi gas chambers.
Nurse makes heartfelt apology after Atos forced her to trick disabled people out of benefits
SCOTS nurse Joyce Drummond reveals how thousands of genuinely ill people were set up for a fall before they had even been assessed by benefits firm Atos.
A NURSE has revealed how her own life was ruined after under-fire benefits firm Atos forced her to “trick” disabled people out of cash.
Joyce Drummond’s medical training meant she knew claimants were unfit to work.
But she was told to mark people as fit if they could write or show up for an interview properly dressed. Eventually, Joyce was carpeted by bosses for being “too nice” to claimants.
After five months, she was signed off with stress caused by “having to trick sick people out of their benefit”. She quit in July 2009 and hasn’t worked since.
Joyce said candidates were marked down if they:
*looked well-presented, with neat hair and make-up.
*turned up with a toddler.
*could sign the application form.
Public fury is growing against Atos, who have assessed thousands of people with terminal illnesses as fit for work.
And thousands with genuine chronic conditions have been dragged over the coals repeatedly by their inquisitors.
Mum-of-one Joyce, from Mosspark, Glasgow, said Atos decision makers paid no attention to her professional clinical opinion and were only interested in cutting down the number of claimants.
She reveals all the questions she was told to ask were loaded.
Joyce said: “I stopped working for Atos three-and-a-half years ago but I still feel sick every time I think of those people deemed fit for work, when they quite clearly were incapable of doing so.
“I apologise from the bottom of my heart to all those people I had to assess during my five months in the job but the decisions were out of my hands.
“Once I realised how manipulative the assessment system was, I got out immediately. The stress of it all made me ill and I have not worked since.”
Joyce, who worked as a staff nurse at the city’s Southern General for more than 20 years, added: “I only took the job so I could help vulnerable people get the benefits they needed.
“But it wasn’t long before I realised no one cared about my professional clinical opinion. It broke my heart and I went home in tears every night.
“People trusted me as a nurse and they confided in me. I felt I was having to stab them in the back.”
Joyce said many claimants were set up for a fall even before they came into her office in Cadogan Street, Glasgow.
She said: “If they made it in by themselves, that was seen as a sign they could function.
“They also had to fill in a form. If they did it, it showed they could think, write and were capable of managing.
“We also had to assess their appearance. If a woman was wearing make-up and was nicely dressed, she was deemed as functioning and capable.
“If someone came in with a toddler in tow, they were doomed because if they could manage a child, they could surely work.
“If someone had a pet, they were able to function and if they smiled while talking about a pet, I had to mark down that they smiled spontaneously and were therefore not depressed.
“It was so unfair. There could be a very depressed or ill person sitting in front of me but on paper, thanks to the leading questions I had to ask, they could be judged fit to work.”
Joyce says Atos bosses expected assessors to get through 10 cases in a day and reprimanded her for being too nice. She said: “It was impossible to do 10 a day as each claimant had a 44-minute slot. The medical director called me in one day and told me I was too nice.
“I never found out how the decisions went but when I was doing the interview, I knew what the outcome would be.
“Atos went by the philosophy that if you had a finger and could push a button, then you could work. Ridiculous.”
Last week, a Panorama documentary revealed that each week between January and August last year, 32 people died who the Government had declared could be helped back into work.
Appeals against decisions are costing the Government £50million a year.
Atos have a £206million contract from the Department for Work and Pensions.(How much goes back to the tory henchmen's election
The leader of the Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee pledged to dig deeper into the Atos scandal. Labour MSP Michael McMahon said: “There are serious questions about how Atos manage work and the growing reports of how they have caused distress to so many vulnerable people.
“Whistleblowers have an important part to play in showing just how these reforms are hurting those in genuine need. My committee will continue to investigate the workings of Atos.”
Atos last night defended their role in the benefits process. A spokeswoman said: “Our trained doctors, nurses and physiotherapists use their clinical knowledge and apply the Government’s policy and criteria to each assessment.
“They make no decisions on benefit entitlement and look at each case on an individual basis.
“We understand that applying for benefit can be a difficult time which is why we try to make the part of the process we’re responsible for as comfortable as possible.”
Your report about targets for benefit sanctions makes disturbing reading (Whistleblower says DWP staff given targets to stop benefits, 10 December). The Department for Work and Pensions recently announced that there were 553,000 benefit sanctions between November 2012, when the new sanctions regime started, and June 2013. This is an extraordinarily high rate and compares with an average of 300,000 a year between 2001 and 2210, according to the New Policy Institute.
Sanctions have been a necessary feature of the National Insurance system since its inception, but recently they have become far too prevalent. They often deprive people of financial support for trivial reasons – eg a blind man for not going after a cleaning job, or a man who failed to sign on when he was on a DWP training programme. A survey by Greater Manchester Citizens Advice found that two-thirds of those sanctioned were left without any income. The rapid expansion of food banks is partly due to benefit sanctions.
As a former senior manager of UK jobcentre services, I am sure that the present high rates are driven from the top in some way by performance management systems. Are ministers unaware of the vast literature about the demoralising effects of prolonged unemployment? Sanctions on this scale increase debt, demoralisation and despair and make people less rather than more job ready. Ian Duncan Smith should agree to the proposal from Church Action on Poverty, the Trussell Trust and the Child Poverty Action Group for a wide-ranging independent inquiry into benefit sanctions and their effects.
Tory henchman IDS bullies DWP staff to stop welfare payments to poorest sections of society
This evil bastard is responsible, along with the other tory henchman, of pushing vulnerable welfare claimants into
an early grave thanks to psychologically abusing their rights to assistance, with many taking their own lives.
At the last count 32 victims a week had lost their lives thanks to the ruthless nazi like abuse of power by
a vile tory government and their state assassins ATOS and the DWP. They are only one step away from the gas chambers.
Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits
Whistleblower says staff warned they would be disciplined unless they increased number of claimants coming off register
Iain Duncan Smith was confronted at the work and pensions select committee with claims that job centre staff are being handed targets to reduce the number of claimants by moving them off the register or ensuring that they have their benefit removed.
An anonymous whistleblower, a former job centre worker who was employed in the Greater Manchester area, told local Labour MP Debbie Abrahams that on one occasion the entire staff at a job centre were warned they would be disciplined unless they increased the number of claimants coming off the register, or raised the number threatened with the loss of their benefit entitlement.
The complainant's concerns were subsequently aired at the select committee by Abrahams, but in an interview before the work and pensions secretary's appearance, the former employee said that the system of benefit sanctions is very subtle. "They say to you that not enough people are coming off the claimant register and that if you do not get more people off the register you may be subject to an internal disciplinary assessment – a personal improvement plan.
"If you ask managers how many people you are supposed to get off the register, they say more and more continuously. It is your job to make the claimant's life difficult, they say. It creates a target culture."
The former employee also says that a Department of Work and Pensions internal whistleblowers system is not working since the complaints by staff are being handed to the senior district managers responsible for demanding job centres do more to drive claimants off the register.
The complainant wishes to remain anonymous, saying they were made ill by the strain of seeking to complain, but said they would like nothing more than to meet Duncan Smith to explain the culture that has grown up in the department.
The whistleblower said: "I tried to raise these matters on many occasions both face-to-face and in writing with management, but each time I was rebuffed and my concerns ignored.
"But the truth is that benefit claimants are being deliberately set up to fail in order to achieve sanction quotas without regard for natural justice or their welfare. Staff are being asked to behave in a manner that is against the department's values of integrity and honesty."
The complainant also alleged that senior managers electronically altered a claimant's file to make it appear they had been told to attend the job centre the following day when no such notification had been given. Failure to attend a job centre interview is grounds for sanction.
The DWP has consistently denied that it gives job centres targets for applying sanctions to jobseekers, or discontinuing benefit. Neil Couling, the DWP's work services director, told the work and pensions select committee on 20 November that he does set targets and expectations for job centres, but there are no targets for sanctions.
After the whistleblower's concerns were raised at the hearing, Duncan Smith said he was prepared to look at any complaints, but accused his critics of moaning. He said: "There are always one or two people operating in an organisation that have a different view." He said staff apply benefit sanctions within the rules and Couling has looked at complaints in the past and on every occasion had no reason to doubt that people were operating properly. He added that he was happy to meet the whistleblower, but that the complainant should meet Couling first.
Union the PCS intimidated to punish vulnerable welfare claimants
A system of sanctioning causing the vulnerable to commit suicide from a ruthless murdering tory mafia and
a bullyboy freemason DWP management
The union representing the frontline staff who make life-changing welfare decisions alleges that, since the toughening of the rules, there is an expectation they should come down hard on claimants.
"There's no question that there is an overarching pressure to enforce the sanctions regime as strictly as possible," says the PCS's Charles Law.
It's an accusation the DWP flatly denies.
But the union says ministers' desire to get tough has led to job centre managers pushing advisers to issue sanctions.
The PCS claims there are "sanctions league tables" and that staff face the first step of a disciplinary procedure if they fail to withdraw JSA from enough claimants.
The DWP insists there are no such targets and that staff want people to do all they can to find work.
The YMCA has "serious concerns" about how the system is being administered and its impact on the young.
Jamie Allen, 23, was made redundant over the summer, losing his job installing computer systems for an IT firm.
His parents - one disabled and the other her full-time carer - took out a high-interest payday loan to support him after he was sanctioned for missing a session at the job centre.
He says he received a text telling him his adviser was ill and not to come in until his next scheduled session - which he did the following week.
A month later, a letter informed him he would not receive any JSA for four weeks because he had missed a session on the afternoon his adviser had been ill.
ATOS / DWP DESTROYERS FOR A TORY STATE MURDERING MACHINE VIDEO
Unbelievable wickedness of tory assassins ATOS and DWP
Iain Duncan Smith blasted for ignoring warnings of Atos whistleblower
DR GREG WOOD resigned from Atos in May after working as an assessor for the French firm for two-and-a-half years. He said the system was “skewed against the claimant”
TORY axe-man Iain Duncan Smith has been slammed for ignoring the warnings of a whistle-blower who quit Atos in protest at controversial welfare tests.
Labour’s Tom Greatrex hit out at the “woefully inadequate” response from the Work and Pensions Secretary about the concerns of Dr Greg Wood.
Dr Wood resigned from Atos in May after working as an assessor for the French firm for two-and-a-half years.
Atos has faced fierce criticism from disability campaigners for the work capability assessments (WCAs) it carries out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
And Wood, a former Royal Navy doctor, said the system was “skewed against the claimant”.
He claimed a number of the tests were staged in such a way as to find people fit for work and excuse cutting their benefits.
Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Greatrex has been campaigning against the tests and wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight Dr Wood’s concerns.
His response came from Duncan Smith - and made no reference to the specific allegations.
The letter said: “The DWP takes all complaints about its suppliers and the services the provide very seriously.
“We continue to monitor the delivery of service and the quality of those services ... and where there is cause for concern raise this with the supplier.”
But Greatrex said the response was unacceptable as it failed to address Dr Wood’s concerns about Atos.
“The response from Iain Duncan Smith was woefully inadequate,” he said.
“First he says he wants to improve the situation but then he blatantly ignores specific and concrete allegations made by a doctor who was working for Atos until very recently.
“Iain Duncan Smith should launch a full investigation into this complaint immediately.”
Atos Healthcare has stressed it submits “clinically justified reports” and completely rejects Dr Wood’s claims.
WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
PRESS RELEASE: WCA JUDICIAL REVIEW VICTORY IN THE HIGH COURT ~ MENTAL HEALTH RESISTANCE NETWORK
Justice Wednesday 22nd May 2013
SENIOR JUDGES RULE THAT THE WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
The Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) welcomes the judgement handed down today by judges in the Upper Tribunal in the case of the two claimants with mental health problems who have challenged the manner in which people with mental health difficulties are assessed for their fitness for work through the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
The court held that the WCA process disadvantages people with mental health problems because they have greater difficulty than others in explaining to the Atos assessor how their condition affects their fitness to work. The solution is for Atos and the DWP to seek evidence from the claimant’s doctors and others in the community that know what they can do. But the DWP have consistently refused to take this step.
Those who have been claiming that the WCA significantly disadvantages people with mental health problems have been vindicated by today’s judgment. The court has ordered the DWP to put forward proposals for how they will go about ensuring that they have obtained further medical evidence from claimants’ own health care professionals to ensure that any difficulties people have with self reporting are properly taken into account. It is also vital that no one’s health is put at risk by any decision made by the DWP due to failure to obtain appropriate evidence.
In order to assess a person with mental health problems fitness for work it is necessary to obtain such evidence and this has not been the practice of the DWP and Atos in most cases. The judgment is clear: to routinely fail to consider evidence put forward by their own health care practitioners (the DWP current practice) places people with MHPs at a significant disadvantage which means that the current practice has been – and remains – discriminatory. We believe that many people would be spared needless distress if the DWP and ATOS sought and understood the medical histories of the individuals they seek to assess, rather than simply assessing a person’s short term functioning without taking into account the myriad of handicaps and difficulties they face in surviving on a daily basis.
The MHRN has supported the claimants’ case throughout as we believe that the WCA is not fit for the purpose of correctly identifying those people who should receive benefits. ATOS have not shown itself to be capable of fairly assessing people who are signicantly disadvantaged and subject to high levels of trauma and distress. Following on from the court’s decision, it is imperative that Atos assessors cease making inappropriate assessments, and put into immediate effect significant changes to their practices, to prevent further avoidable distress, trauma and suicides, and we call on people to continue to work together to fight against subjecting vulnerable people to this cruel process.
We are concerned at the language which has come to dominate this debate, and are outraged that unfounded DWP claims about levels of fraudulent claims are often simply parroted, resulting in claimants being increasingly viewed as scroungers. Time and time again the DWP has been shown to be misusing statistics in order to advance their ideological assault on the services that have been integral to making society in Britain fairer and more civilised. The misinformation that has surrounded the so-called ‘reforms’ to welfare undermines our democracy in so far as the public are agreeing to huge changes based of false perceptions.
We call on journalists to challenge this ideological assault and to ensure that those who are in genuine need are not subject to further trauma and distress as we all seek a way of making things bearable.
We do not believe that these so-called welfare reforms were ever intended to help disabled people back into work, or could ever achieve such an outcome when they are implemented so harshly and callously. Rather it is increasingly clear to us that these ‘reforms’ are part of a drive to bring down wages by creating a pool of desperate impoverished people who will be forced to accept the unacceptable in order to survive. In addition they are trying to boost the interests of the business owners and corporations such as the insurance company UNUM who have been instrumental in designing the WCA.
The MHRN intends now to focus on setting up a local centre where those who are affected by the myriad of cuts to services and benefits can come together to offer mutual support and to find ways of resisting the Tory onslaught together.
We remember those of our friends who have been driven to despair and suicide by the actions of this government, the DWP and Atos. We will continue to struggle in their memory in order to try and prevent needless deaths and trauma in the future.
Hundreds of injured ex-soldiers declared fit for work by Atos Healthcare
The ONLY time Harmsworth's Daily 'hate the peasants'
disagrees with draconian tory cuts made on the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society with thousands
dying in the process. Young men thinking of signing up to fight these evil bastard's wars should look
at how they fail soldiers who are left homeless, penniless and disabled.
Anger as record number of maimed troops are denied disability benefit in Government's controversial assessments
Hundreds of injured ex-soldiers declared fit for work by Atos Healthcare
Royal British Legion announce rise in soldiers having claims rejected
Soldiers forced to undergo demeaning physical tests by firm
A record number of wounded war veterans have been denied disability benefits in the past year after undergoing tests carried out by the Government’s controversial assessment company.
Hundreds of injured ex-soldiers are being declared fit for work by Atos Healthcare in spite of physical and mental injuries they suffered in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Last night, the Royal British Legion (RBL) announced a 72 per cent annual rise in former soldiers having their applications to receive Employment Support Allowance (ESA) turned down. Several hundred wounded personnel were denied the benefit on the basis of physical examinations conducted by Atos, according to the RBL.
The company is contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to assess benefits claimants’ capability to work.
In one case, Lance Corporal Mark Dryden, 35 – a former member of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who, after an explosion in Iraq, lost his right arm and the full use of his left – was asked by Atos assessors if he was left or right-handed. He is now taking his case against the DWP to a benefits tribunal.
That case, and others, have led to accusations that Atos Healthcare is under intense pressure to produce assessments that enable the Government to reject benefits claims.
Servicemen suffering from the mental scars of combat also complain that they have been turned down for disability benefits.
Many injured troops have also described having to undergo demeaning physical tests by the firm.
Last night, Peter Poole, the Strategic Director of Combat Stress, a charity serving ex-soldiers suffering from conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, told The Mail on Sunday that, when questioned, wounded troops tended to play down the discomfort they were feeling because to make a fuss went against the military ethos.
He said this led to Atos assessors marking down military candidates.
He added: ‘Atos needs to use its resources to the best effect to ensure soldiers receive the best attention. Many of the doctors and psychologists used by Atos might not have treated troops before.’
Atos is in the process of assessing two million claimants for ESA, which replaced Incapacity Benefit in 2008.
An Atos spokesman said: ‘A physical examination is a small part of the WCA process and people are only asked to do what they can and what is comfortable, with their specific consent.’
A DWP spokesman added: ‘The percentage of people getting long-term unconditional support has more than doubled in two years, but everyone has the right to appeal if they disagree with the outcome of their assessment.’
Will your arm grow back soon? One-armed Gary's shock at murdering ATOS disability benefit quiz
A ONE-ARMED man trying to claim disability benefits said staff asked if he thought his limb might grow back.
Gary Swift, whose right limb is missing from below the elbow, says he faced the question while being medically assessed.
He had applied for an employment and support allowance — paid to people who can’t work through disability — and went to the meeting with his carer mum Tracey Perkins.
They say the interviewer asked: “Do you expect your condition to improve? Do you expect your arm to grow back within the next two years.”
Gary, 30, of Chesterfield, Derbys, said: “I replied, ‘Well it’s not grown back in the last 30 years, so I can’t see it happening over the next two’.”
ATOS Healthcare, who assessed Gary for the Department for Work and Pensions, said last night: “That question would never be asked. Staff carrying out the assessment are trained doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.”
Gary said he was later sent on a job seekers’ gardening course — and handed a spade.
He said: “If it wasn’t so ridiculous it would be laughable.”
As a nurse, I was taught to care and be compassionate about the people I was in contact with. This was not the case with Atos.
It was very much a target driven role and you were under constant pressure to meet these targets. We had to see a minimum of 6 clients per day, some nurses were managing 10 and I often wondered how. I was warned, on a number of occasions, about this. If another nurse asked for help, I was more than happy to help or discuss a difficult case. My manager had a firm, but polite, word with me in a quiet corner, and reminded me of my role, which was to meet targets, not have general chit chat with colleagues. We were not allowed to offer any advice to our clients and we were not supposed to engage in a conversation, unless it was about the assessment. This was extremely hard to avoid, especially with a client with learning difficulties, who would often love to chat!
The doctors would ‘cherry pick’ the easy clients, as they were paid per case and often saw, on average, 14 cases per day. Very good, considering they worked office hours.
We were monitored closely on how many clients we put into Support Group . If our totals were above the national average, we would have to ask an ‘experienced’ member of staff for permission to put a client into a support group, even if it was plainly obvious they could not return to work. Those members of staff who had a low number of support group additions, were praised.
I assessed a client with mental health issues who I entered into the support group. I was so concerned about her I stayed with her, in the waiting room, until a family member came to collect her to take her home. I was instructed to attend a meeting with my manager and was given a verbal warning for costing Atos money – when I asked how this was possible, I was informed that during the time I was with this client in the waiting room, I could have assessed somebody else.
I assessed a client with visual problems, due to her diabetes, who could not read 16 point print, nor could she see hazards in the street. Although not registered blind, she was under the care of a consultant, was receiving treatment and needed constant support from her family. Although there was not a suitable support group for her, I put her in a higher group and recommended she was recalled in 18 months, after she had received treatment from her consultant, to assess her condition. I was instructed, by my manager, to downgrade her. I was told to add her to a lower group and recall her in 6 months. I strongly disagreed, due to her current condition and underlying medical problems, but was told, in no uncertain terms, not to question my managers judgement. It was at this point I decided to resign.
I could not live with the knowledge of what I was doing and the effect this could have on somebody’s life. Although there are a number of people who are more than capable of work, the majority are genuine, sick people who need our help, not to be demoralised in this way. I saw so many people who would cry in front of me, because they want to work so much, but couldn’t.
Atos Healthcare do not care about their staff and more importantly, do not care about their clients. They are more interested in making money and I believe they should be stripped of this contact with DWP. This is not a job any nurse should do, if their NMC registration means anything to them.
Linda Wootton: Double heart and lung transplant dies nine days after she has benefits stopped
One more death thanks to the murdering tory scum and filth with their partners in crime the DWP and ATOS
She was told her employment and support allowance was being stopped as she lay dying in a hospital bed
A double heart and lung transplant patient died just NINE DAYS after the Government stopped her benefits and ordered her to go back to work.
Linda Wootton, 49, was on 10 prescription drugs a day, suffering high blood pressure, renal failure and regular blackouts.
Yet Atos – the private firm carrying out the Government’s controversial work capability assessments – ruled she was fit enough to find a job after she was interviewed.
Cost-cutting officials sent Linda a letter telling her that her £108.05 a week employment and support allowance was being stopped as she lay dying in a hospital bed.
Her husband Peter said: “I sat there and listened to my wife drown in her own body fluids. It took half an hour for her to die – and that’s a woman who’s ‘fit for work’. The last months of her life were a misery because she worried about her benefits, feeling useless, like a scrounger.
“But there was no way in a million years she could work.”
The Coalition hired Atos to carry out the assessments as part of the welfare cuts. The firm processed almost 20,000 incapacity benefit claimants a week last year... but a third of the people who appealed against its decisions were successful.
Linda also appealed but was rejected despite her history.
She had her first heart and lung transplant in 1985 and returned to her council office job. But her body began to reject her new organs and she had another transplant at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, in 1989.
There were complications and she was given 80 pints of blood in 31 hours of surgery. Afterwards, Linda was never fit enough to go back to work and claimed benefits. Refrigeration engineer Peter, 50, said: “She would be listless, falling asleep, feeling faint... she had no stamina.”
She collapsed regularly and was in and out of the Harefield specialist heart and lung centre.
Then, three months ago, her employment support allowance was withdrawn under the Government’s cuts. New rules meant she would have to prove she was ill to Atos assessors.
Peter said Linda found the process humiliating. The assessments, which have also seen some terminal cancer patients denied benefits, have been blasted as arduous and degrading.
Linda’s was at a test centre in Southend, eight miles from her home in Rayleigh, Essex, on January 3. “She couldn’t even drive herself because she kept feeling faint,” said Peter, who was not allowed in to support her.
Linda spent just 20 minutes answering questions before the assessor ended the interview.
She was judged fit for work and her benefit was stopped on February 13. Peter said Linda typed her appeal on an iPad “crying her eyes out” as she lay in hospital chronically ill with a chest infection.
But the Department for Work and Pensions rejected it – and wrote to her on April 16 as she lay dying. The letter said: “We have decided that you are not entitled to Employment and Support Allowance because you have been found to be capable of work following your recent Work Capability Assessment.”
Linda was told she would have to “score” at least 15 points from the assessment but her results were nil.
The Atos criteria for ability to work included “You can understand simple messages from a stranger” and “You can use a computer keyboard or mouse and a pen or a pencil with at least one hand.”
On April 22 Peter was called to Harefield. “I was told Linda’s condition was unsurvivable and she would be dead within two or three weeks,” he said.
“On April 24 they put her on palliative care. I sat all night with her and her breathing changed next morning.” Linda died 30 minutes later. More than 100 mourners attended her funeral earlier this month.
While the Atos assessment failed to pinpoint any of Linda’s health issues, her death certificate listed lung and heart problems, hypertension and chronic renal failure as causes.
Peter cannot grieve properly because he is so angry at how Whitehall bureaucrats ruined his wife’s precious last days. He said: “She paid her tax and national insurance – then she is treated like this. It’s disgusting.”
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Our sympathy goes out to Mrs Wootton’s family. A decision on whether someone is well enough to work is taken following a thorough assessment and after consideration of all supporting medical evidence.”
EMERGENCY: Application under Common Law & European Union Law
In the public interest and the interest of Common Law due process and justice, I am submitting the following documentation and taped evidence to the Royal Courts of 'Justice' for an immediate injunction against the following Government Organisations who have unlawfully STOPPED my BENEFITS to MURDER me: -
1. Department of Works and Pensions, Disability Living Allowance, Unit 3, Warbreck House, Warbreck Hill, Blackpool, FY2 0YE. Phone: 08457 123456 Ð Premium rate number.
2. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions, Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9DA. Tel: 020 7340 4000
3. Pension Credit, PO Box 4, Gateshead, NE92 1BQ
4. Belfast Benefit Centre, Jobcentre Plus, Plaza Buildings, 31-35 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4JF. Phone: 0845 6088 770 - Note there is NO email addresses on their correspondence and the phone numbers are premium rate numbers to DEFRAUD the most vulnerable people. Therefore, it is paying them to STOP benefits. This is the reason why there is NO email addresses. I cannot afford to ring these numbers, and they know this. How many other victims of their skulduggery (STOPPING BENNEFITS) are they taking advantage of like this? How many deaths have they caused by their constant bullying and changes without due process?
5. My Landlords, Harrow Council who have been defrauding me for HEATING for over TEN-YEARS, as I pay for my own heating via my Electric Meter. Harrow Council is forever persecuting me and is determined to EVICT me, as they have created False Instruments' and False Court Costs without due process of the Law of the LAND. Which you can see below. Harrow Council owes me money: -
6. Nick Hurd (my) MP, Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 1053
Difficulties opening or managing an account
If you would have difficulties opening or managing an account you can be paid some benefits by cheque instead. These cheques can be cashed at a post office or paid into an account. You may need to have your benefit paid in this way if you are homeless, are ill or have a disability. Tax credits can also be paid by cheque in exceptional circumstances. If you need to have your benefits or tax credits paid by cheque, you should get in touch with the benefits office or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The Simple Payment system was launched nationally on 8 October 2012 for new claimants and pensioners. This is a way to pay benefits to people who cannot use bank, building society, credit union or Post Office card accounts.
Simple Payments replace benefits, pensions and child maintenance payments by cheque and are only available in very limited circumstances
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International Criminal Court failing to act on Canadian report of UK genocide
The International Criminal court in the Hague despite receiving repeated reports of genocide being carried out by the Tory government and their partners in crime the Libdems have so far taken no action to bring charges against the murderers now masquerading as some sort of democratically elected government.
A Canadian citizen was so appalled at the reports of how the disabled, mentally ill and citizens with terminal illness were being treated by the tory henchmen acting as the DWP and ATOS that he catalogued documentary proof of the persecution campaigns being meted out against some of the most vulnerable and fragile individuals sanctioned by a tory government. A policy similar in its framework to that used by the Gestapo under the orders of Hitler.
They are only interested in cutting the welfare bill and the deaths and suicides are brushed under the carpet to allow draconian steps to be taken to rid the UK of those classed as scroungers their only crime was to fall ill at a time when a fascist government took up office under a very warped democracy .