What you need to know about Atos assessments.

Yet more damning evidence of the DWP’s treatment of the vulnerable, this time from Sue Jones’ excellent blog. Please read and share widely!

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Courageous whistleblower and Scottish nurse, Joyce Drummond, who recently made a heartfelt apology to Atos assessment victims, has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament Select Committee on Welfare Reform.

Joyce forwarded some of her notes to me, containing this information about Atos assessments. I have edited where needed, organised the notes and added some information to the text. I’ve included the contents from Joyce’s notes in full. Both Joyce and I share this information in the hope that people going through Atos assessments will find it helpful.

Joyce told me: 

“I knew nothing about Atos when I joined, and left as soon as I realised that there was no way to fight from the inside.  I stated at my interview for the job that I believed in social inclusion and social justice.

I went for 4 weeks training in England. The training did not prepare me for what I was…

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5 responses to “What you need to know about Atos assessments.

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  2. On 17th January in a House of Commons debate brought by Michael Meacher, about ATOS assessments and the high number of successful appeals,Mr Hoban, the Minister for Work and Pensions repeatedly stated categorically, “There are NO targets in the system”. Just a few months earlier, when giving evidence before the Work and Pensions Select Committee in November 2012, he said the idea of agreed targets between ATOS and the DWP was “rubbish”.
    Joyce Drummond’s evidence shows clearly that he lied before Parliament which is a sacking offence.We already know Duncan Smith has lied with his ‘creative’ use of statistics.
    What we need now is a public enquiry into the whole thing.


  3. Yes it was also on the news – BBC! The reporter asked for this article, and any others I’ve written about Atos, ater Joyce Drummind got in touch with her. Be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of it. Although I am expecting a “we know where you live” telephone call any day from Atos. Wouldn’t be the first time there’s been an attempt at censorship from them.


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