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Atos’ Lies about Claimants: Commenters’ Stories

January 8, 2014

I’ve blogged about the sad death of Jacqueline Harris, the Bristol lady who took her own life after being declared fit by ATOS. I mentioned in this post that it was my experience that ATOS will lie about the examination in order to have the claimant declared fit for work. Two people have commented on this piece, describing their own experiences where ATOS did the same to them. I’m reposting their accounts here, as I feel that more people should be made aware about this. If their stories, and those of people like them, are simply kept in the comments column, then I’m afraid they will be overlooked. More people will just carry on with their head in the sand, convinced that their is nothing wrong with the current benefits’ system, and uncritically accepting government-sponsored propaganda that paints everyone on welfare as feckless scroungers.

Here is Mmarkus’ experience:

‘Great read with many things most people don’t even know or probably just don’t care….. I had ATOS medical professional (a GP) come to my house then lie. It took three pages to correct all his errors when telling HM Court’s & Tribunal Service. A couple of examples were he said “I could walk 800 meters without any pain or discomfort. That I had no problem with spinal function. That my back pain was unlikely to be a problem in the future & that I had to get a relative to take me to the bank”.
The facts are I have had three surgeries on my back the surgeon & specialist from the pain management clinic tell me there is nothing more they can do to help me anymore & the pain will get worse. So one ATOS medical professional contradicting two specialists my GP & the mental health professionals I have contact with (worryingly none of those who know my background care that their credibility is being questioned, my GP saying “don’t worry they are saying that about everybody!!!!! Sorry but that is shameful).
The ATOS doc told me NOT to lean forward & never asked ANY questions about walking. I CAN’T go to the bank & rely on the internet for most things like shopping & paying bills.I have NOT been inside my bank for over SIX years. I told him that but it disappeared from his report. This system has to be stopped.
Help me deal with my health problems that’s what should be looked at not just ignoring people’s health. I can’t speak for everyone but I would love to be able to work.
One last thing I have been kept on DLA low rate care (more than most I guess I should just shut up & accept it). I see the lowest rate PIP is £32 a week more than DLA. I think that is the real reason the changing to PIP is being put back.’

Joseph Smith had a similar experience:

‘I had an Atos examination at my home. My wife witnessed the entire time the doctor was in the house, timed his visit and recorded various questions and my answers. Some weeks later I received a copy of the Atos medical report, a tissue of lies from start to finish to much to list here. When challenged about the lies Atos said there was no independent witness, in effect calling my wife a liar. At a later tribunal I was NOT allowed to discuss the medical, which begs the question just how independent are these tribunals? I’m now considering asking my Solicitor write to this Doctor for his liability insurance details pending a claim. In the hope that it really ruins his week.’

This last is particularly disturbing, as he states that he was not allowed to discuss his medical examination at the tribunal. As he says, it begs the question just how independent they are.

Reading these it is clear just how malign and pernicious ATOS are. They and their wretched assessment form should be thrown off the government contract and actively prosecuted and fined for everyone they have wrongly assessed, and forced to pay compensation. The benefits system should also be amended to prevent similar companies being employed, and the government formulating a similar disability welfare policy that denies help and benefit payments to those who are unable to work.