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Debbie fury over capability fiasco

Date published: 28 March 2014

OLDHAM MP Debbie Abrahams has criticised the Government after ministers negotiated an early exit from its contract with Atos to provide Work Capability Assessments (WCA).

The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP criticised the length of time it has taken to deal with the situation.

The Labour MP said: “The Government has repeatedly failed to take decisive action on the poor performance of ATOS, despite repeated warnings from the Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which I am a member, and testimony from thousands of claimants and their families.

“They went ahead with a renewal of the ATOS contract in November, 2010, and failed to effectively monitor the company’s performance.

“ATOS’s performance has been a disaster, a catalogue of long delays and poor decisions, causing misery and fear to thousands of claimants, here in Oldham, and across the country.

“But despite their failure to run an effective process for the WCA, unbelievably ministers awarded them a contract to carry out assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in two regions of the UK and this will continue.”

ATOS has come under sustained criticism for its delivery of Work Capability Assessments, of which one-third are successful. There have been reports of crisis meetings between ATOS and DWP because recruitment failures had left the company with a severe shortage of doctors, and allegations of widespread incompetence in the delivery of work capability assessments, resulting in four in 10 decisions being appealed.

Mrs Abrahams said: “The independent Litchfield Review of the WCA, released on the December, 12, 2013, showed that delays in assessing whether people are capable of work had increased by 20 per cent by 2012, an appalling delivery failure that took place on this Government’s watch.

“Lessons must be learned from this appalling failure.”
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Comments

Let's not forget that Labour were the first to employ ATOS in the civil service but never took any action,at least this Government has acted may be later than they should. Kettle pot black springs to mind

You do not need to be a genius to work out that people who do things for profit, are going to put their self interests first and foremost. And the Government always scape goat those who are less likely to be able to fight back, Cameron and his party for the rich will always hit the poor, instead of going after the old school tie brigade the rich who avoid paying their taxes. These highly paid muppets never get anything right!!.

I'm sure Debbie is well aware that ATOS was introduced by the last Labour Govt and criticising the incumbent Govt for its failings is a bit rich.

Debbie Abrahams MP conveniently forgets that the last Labour Government appointed ATOS, to assess whether disabled people should have their benefits cut.

If there were any true justice in the world, then ATOS and the coalition Government would be facing manslaughter charges. But of course, power always speaks the loudest, so little or no chance of that then.

Whether or not Labour appointed ATOS is irrelevant. It's performance has been atrocious and is correctly criticised.

Its unbelievable that Labour has the gall to criticize anybody after the deplorable state this country was in when they were booted out.

JMTS
Labours contract , Labours mess , every one suffered but it's not there fault don't make me laugh.

No JMTS it is relevant.the same way that Food Banks did'nt
begin under the coalition government.or Lord Warner who wants
charging brought in re the NHS.he was a minister under Blair.
none so deaf is the one who does'nt want to hear.

 

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