Dear Mr McCartney
I understand that you are the MP representing ex-serviceman Mr Smith, as featured in this disturbing press article:
2012/12/15/ex-raf-serviceman- from-lincoln-kept-alive-by- portable-machine-has-benefits- stopped/
Like many others, I have been concerned by this report in the Atos Victims Group News, following exposure in This Is Lincolnshire, regarding the plight of ex-serviceman 'Mr Smith' who lives with a potentially fatal condition, and I am speaking as a retired cardiac care specialist and a disabled female veteran.
Please send my best wishes to Mr Smith and advise him that this disabled veteran is fighting for people like him.
There remains considerable confusion within the general public - and the DWP too - regarding the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), as conducted by Atos Healthcare, with people still presuming that they 'failed' the Atos test when, in reality, it is the totally unqualified DWP 'Decision Maker' that makes the decision regarding benefit entitlement who, by their own admission, are totally incapable of deciphering medical opinion from Consultants or anyone else. Hence the tendancy, by their own admission, to 'rubber stamp' the Atos findings etc. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-
Professor Harrington exposed this unhappy reality in his first assessment.
Nothing has improved.
The significant debate in Westminster Hall will better inform you: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/
Main/Player.aspx?meetingId= 11307&st=10:58:30 where
you will learn that Atos are employing some doctors who are 'not
allowed' to assess patients but are permitted to work for
Atos..... That should tell you a lot .... and it will ring alarm bells to
anyone who is medically qualified.
The WCA is not just seriously flawed but is a threat to our most vulnerable people, is totally unaccountable to the General Medical Council and it is based on an unacceptable concept. A simple 'snap-shot' into a day in the life of a claimant is totally inadequate as any form of so called 'medical assessment' using a computer tick box instead of taking a full & detailed medical history. Past medical evidence is ignored until Appeal.
The WCA is an occupational health assessment yet the one group of healthcare workers that Atos never recruit are Occupational Therapists.....
The WCA is a dangerous assessment using the highly discredited Bio-Psychosocial (BPS) model of disability model, as promoted by the private health insurance industry and Unum Insurance, acknowledged by the New York Attorney General as the 2nd worst in the US, were government 'advisers' when setting up the WCA. (See attached research.)
Please be further advised that the BPS model of assessment is identified as being totally unfit for purpose.
2012/07/18/welfare-reform- tyranny-direct-from-the-usa- by-mo-stewart/ and
2012/12/09/unums-sub-standard- and-improper- neuropsychological-evaluations (COMPARE to Experiences of British people with
WCA.... audio recordings.....etc, etc)
I have researched the links between Atos Healthcare, Unum Insurance and the DWP for three years, and reports are now attached as welcomed by 9 Professors in 7 different universities, as well as a multitude of national frontline charities, welfare agencies and a variety of specialists.
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, a recognised BPS 'expert' recently confirmed that the BPS model of disability was "unsatisfactory" and that it "... no longer addresses the real needs of disabled people..." yet this significant news has yet to be widely reported, ?? why.... because the WCA uses the BPS moel to reduce the welfare budget :http://www.
disabilitynewsservice.com/ index.php/2012/09/former-dwp- medical-boss-makes-wca-pledge- to-protesters/
The constant failure of the DWP to accept the crisis now faced by the most vulnerable in this country, dismissed by claiming that anyone who isn't happy with the Atos assessment, or the WCA decision, can simply make an appeal is so callous.
The DWP's own figures demonstrate that 1100 people, passed fit for work, had died before their appeal date which can now take as long as 12 months to be heard and appeals using an advocate are running at 70% success and not the often reported 40%.
Other MPs such as Nick Debois tries to limit this nightmare by demonstrating how many assessments are going through the system without it seems comprehending the many thousands who are unable to consider dealing with an appeal, that may now take as long as 12 months to achieve, and there are others who do without their benfits rather than subject themselves to this gvt funded medical tyranny.
Clearly, the DWP totally UNQUALIFIED 'Decision Makers' administration staff, and especially the medically unqualified DWP Ministers, all fail to comprehend the extreme levels of stress these dangerously absurd decisions place on our sick and disabled people, who often have the most profound of health conditions, and prolonged and increased stress is a killer.
My research evidence is attached FYI in the hope that your colleagues at the DWP may finally accept the American style medical tyranny they have unleashed in this country. Claiming that Labour introduced the WCA is now falling on deaf ears due to the significant changes under this government that are increasing the death rates dramatically.
I hope this information is helpful especially when helping your constituent.
Disabled veteran (WRAF)
Retired healthcare professional
8 attachments — Download all attachments
|ATOS HEALTHCARE OR DISABILITY DENIAL FACTORIES.pdf|
69K View Download
|WELFARE REFORM - REDRESS FOR THE DISABLED Exec Summary - final.pdf|
53K View Download
|FAILURE of ESA confirmed.pdf|
49K View Download
|BBC NEWS transcript - UNUM.pdf|
23K View Download
|THE TRUTH BEHIND WELFARE REFORMS - research summary - Jan 2012.pdf|
23K View Download
|THE VICTIMS OF LIB DEM BETRAYAL - LIB DEM VOICE - June 2012_7_.pdf|
18K View Download
|RESEARCH SUMMARY - UPDATED - DEC 2012.pdf|
57K View Download
|John Pring - links to Unum articles.pdf|
8K View Download