Private Eye: Maximus Makes Loss from Fitness-to-Work Tests

And now for a bit of good news! Maximus, ATOS’ successor in administering the fitness-to-work tests intended to stop the disabled and chronically sick from claiming benefits, is experiencing some difficulties. According to the Christmas edition of Private Eye, 19th December 2015 -7th January 2016, they’re having problems recruiting medical staff, and have made a loss. The Eye’s report begins as follows

Fitness To Work

Maximus Pain

Maximus, the US outsourcing company, is taking a financial hit on its £565m ($900m) contract to carry out controversial “fitness to work” tests for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Maximus took over the assessment of sick and disabled people from pisspoor French firm Atos earlier this year, clearly expecting to do rather well from the deal. But results published in the US last month show it is already operating at a $4m loss, with revenue of $105m falling far short of the predicted $140m-$165m. There were two causes for the loss: the company is having trouble recruiting doctors and nurses willing to carry out the much-criticised tests, linked by researchers with the deaths of sick and disabled people; and it failed to generate enough income.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer company.

In fact, as you can see, the company is still making millions out of its government contracts. And the problem doesn’t just like with Maximus or their vile predecessors, ATOS. It’s with the fitness to work tests as a whole. These have been formulated by the government, and its the government – first New Labour, then Cameron’s Tories, that insist on finding spurious reasons to throw people off benefits, even when it is desperately needed.

Get Maximus off the public payroll, and the Tories out of office. That’s the only way this nightmare will stop.

Still, it’s good to know that as far Maximus is concerned, the wages of sin aren’t as profitable as they hoped. May the whole company and its board of directors go bankrupt.

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4 Responses to “Private Eye: Maximus Makes Loss from Fitness-to-Work Tests”

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  3. benmcnevis Says:

    Unfortunately ATOS are doing just fine and still ripping off UK population on many fronts

  4. Poppy Hasted Says:

    Reblogged this on Poppy's Place and commented:
    If this is true then GOOD! Couldn’t happen to a better respected company NOT!!!!!

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