ATOS Employee | 19.02.2014 17:33 | Social Struggles
We all know someone who is sick or elderly. That someone could be a loved one; it could be us. Any of these people could be among the thousands in the UK who have lost their sickness benefits because of the inhumane fit-to-work tests administered by ATOS health care (A system that see's optometrists, dentists, nurses and Physio's making decisions based on yes or no questions on a screen rather than specialist medical data from a person's medical file.)
ATOS has a £500 million contract with the government to access people for sickness benefits. But it's become too clear that the fit-for-work tests that ATOS uses are crude and woefully inaccurate. How else could ATOS have found people with debilitating terminal cancer fit to work,(Told to find something short term) or the company administering the test in order to evaluate people who were lying in a coma?
This the UK Government is trying to trade on the sick and disabled in order to grab some sound bites and press coverage with some statistics.
However the government’s own statistics show that between 2010 and 2011 10,600 sick and disabled people died within six weeks of their Atos assessment. This is 204 people a week, or 29 people a day. 2,200 of these people died before finding out if they were still entitled to their social security, and an astonishing 1,300 had been declared ‘Fit to Work’ by being placed in the Work Related Activity Group. These people spent their final weeks alive being harassed by the Job Centre, answering pointless questions, and fretting over late payment notices and threats of eviction as their social safety net was ripped away.
All one asks is that people help raise the topic, and so the issue.
Here's a link to the petition: Or just raise the issue on twitter and Facebook, and other news outlets.