Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover:
“The Prime-Minister will know of the many injustices that have been metered out by ATOS in the last few years. They were mentioned again on Monday at DWP questions. The latest victim was a farmer and butcher in Bolsover who went to Atos in December 2012 and was stripped of his benefit. For 11 months he waited for an appeal, and then his aggressive cancer took his sight, took his hearing and then, last Friday, took his life.”
“Isn’t it time that we put an end to this system where people that are really suffering should not be allowed an appeal having to live on £70 a week - him and his widow.” (Raised Voice): “2 things the Prime Minister should do:
1). With immediate effect, make an ex gratia payment to his widow to cover the suffering, the pain and the loss of income,
and secondly, remove this cruel, heartless monster called Atos. GET RID OF IT! IT’S NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!”
David Cameron answered in response:
"The honourable gentleman rightly raises what is a desperately sad case and I'm very happy to look into it and look at the specifics of the case he raises. However, turning to the benefit system, we do need a system of assessing benefit entitlement ..etc ..blah, blah, blah...".
See also: Remembering the victims of ATOS: Candle lit vigil