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November 22, 2011

Two Nottingham residents, a pensioner and a wheelchair user, have been charged with aggravated trespass. The pair, dubbed the “Atos Two” by supporters, were arrested following a peaceful protest the offices of the Atos “Healthcare” on Stoney Street on September 30th. Campaigners accuse Atos of participating in a government-led attack on people with disabilities under the guise of “austerity.”

Upcoming event: Protest outside Bridewell Magistrates Court, Friday 25th November, 9.30am

Sign the statement of support: http://nottingham.indymedia.org.uk/articles/2195

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Atos Healthcare, is part of IT giant Atos Origin and has been selected by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) to administer the Work Capability Assessment, testing sick and disabled people who apply for benefit.

In November 2010, Harrington Report and the Work and Pensions Select Committee, found the Work Capability Assessment implemented by Atos Healthcare to be mechanistic and Atos’ “medical reports” far too often did not reflect circumstances and discussions that had taken place during the assessments (The Harrington Report, pp. 40-41).

A large number of those tested are told they are able to work, but more than a third have the decision overturned on appeal. Yet even those who win their appeals are dragged back within a few months for another test. Small wonder that some have decided to commit suicide rather than continually go through this cat and mouse process. Seriously ill and even dying people have been called for assessment, and the recommendations of family doctors and specialists are apparently ignored.

In addition, twelve doctors working for Atos face being struck off for improper conduct, and other members of Atos’ staff are under investigation over allegations of obscene criticism of benefit claimants.

Over time sick and disabled people and their supporters have grown more militant and more vocal in their condemnations of Atos. In return Atos threatened legal action against the Internet hosting companies of three websites – Carerwatch, After Atos and Atos Register of Shame, attempting to silence claimants and their small organisations who have had the courage to speak up.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Wolfgang Hoffmann (Punyaketu) permalink
    November 22, 2011 10:28 am

    Unfortunately, I lam living to far away to attend. But in spirit I am fully with the two. It is important that we stay together for the fight against grave injustice.

    Best wishes to all of us

  2. November 23, 2011 10:35 am

    If anyone knows the details of either of the defendants in this case please pass it on, I would be interested in representing them on appeal

  3. smithy permalink
    November 23, 2011 10:51 am

    I have today been told that I am 100% fit for work again … so this will be my second appeal. I won the last one in about five minutes flat .. the medical report was so inaccurate. I have also won three appeals for DLA … I really don’t know about aggravated trespass – it’s a wonder nobody has put their windows in …
    They call our local centre lourdes – you go in disabled and come out 100% fit for work …

    • Sasha Callaghan permalink
      November 23, 2011 12:08 pm

      @ Smithy ‘it’s a wonder nobody has put their windows in’ – they have. And the ‘Atos Kills’ spray painting in north London was done by me. Still waiting for Atos to sue me, keep asking them to bring it on!

  4. nagatos permalink
    November 23, 2011 6:00 pm

    We have to get the details of the meetings that have taken place between Atos and the DWP.. And the policy that states that only general nurses can work for Atos.. I can’t find it anywhere but there is an agreement between the DWP and Atos that Atos will only employ general nurses to carry out all assessments..If we can link Unum to this then we have a chance of a real break through, because Unum have a vested interest in more people taking out private health insurance. I have hit a brick wall with it but I am sure there are a lot of journalists out there who have the resources to get to the nitty gritty of this..

  5. fizzyclare permalink
    November 24, 2011 11:53 am

    how pathetic…how can these two people who are expressing their right to free speech really present any risk to society. this govt and the police should hang their heads in shame.

  6. Drastic Spastic! permalink
    December 6, 2011 1:23 am

    I am due to go for a work Capability Assesment, I am petrified that I will lose everything…..If they are so keen on reinacting “The Extermination of “Useless Eaters” as in Germany 1934…..Why Can’t the gutless ConDem ….Idots/Neo Liberal Nazis be honest about what they intend!

    Drastic Spastic!

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