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This website provides information on how Atos runs its business, extracts from the Contract between the DWP and Atos including the MEDICAL CONDITIONS that mean a face to face medical assessment is not always necessary, ASSESSMENTS AND POINTS, the breaches of Contract that occurred in my case, my unsound medical report and the correspondence showing how difficult it is to obtain justice or advice.
The Government is inviting the public to submit petitions. Search epetitions.direct.gov.uk for "DWP" or "Atos" or "disabled" to list relevant petitions including Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968).
Other ongoing petitions are Petition against constant vilification of sick and disabled claimants and Petition to "Sack Atos Immediately" .
The DWP occasionally consults the public http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/.
The medical advice (IB59) supplied by Atos Origin written by a "doctor" whose grasp of ability to read and write English is somewhat limited and certainly not up to the standard set in the contract between the DWP and Atos Origin.
Medical Services advice minute Customer details Title Mr Surname B... Other names M. National Insurance number ... Date of birth ... Advice to be noted below Dear DM After farther communication with Dr ... (GP of Mr B...) he let me know that this gentleman suffers from Glioma (brain toumor), which hasn't yet reached the criteria for Terminal Illness, but it causes fits that may cause substantial risk and he has been referred to see the top specialist in the county. Bearing in mind the recent deterioration and the treatment for the fits, I believe that it is likely this gentleman to fulfill the LCW/LCWRA criteria for special circumstances (substantial risk if found capable for work or work related activities). I hope you find this helpful (handwritten) A prognosis of 12 months seems to be reasonable. IM 30/4/2010 Name Dr Ilias Macheridis Date 23/04/2010 Approved Disability Analyst IB59 MIN Version 10/06