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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (3 March 2015)

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has set any targets for Maximum to deal with the backlog of legacy work capability assessments queries which will be transferred from Atos on 2 March 2015.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Assessments (2 March 2015)

Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether contractual terms for the provision of benefit assessments have transferred directly from Atos to Maximus; and if he will make a statement.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Epilepsy (26 February 2015)

George Howarth: .... My seizures are occurring every week now and are very serious and now I suffer with migraines where I vomit 14 hours a day and I’m confined to bed through the process for 2 weeks at a time. I’m hoping Atos will not brush me off like last time, hoping to appease Government numbers to get people off benefits. I feel I am in need of benefits. I cannot work with my health...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (26 February 2015)

Mark Harper: ...health status and contact with health services - Total 2,000 Source: Data in the tables above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. “-“denotes nil or under 50. 2. Totals may not sum due to the rounding method used. 3. March 2014 is the...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 February 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Mark Harper: ...of psychosis will receive a treatment within two weeks. There is more to do, but I think that that is significant progress. The hon. Member for North Durham talked about the work capability assessment and the performance of Atos in delivering that. With just a teeny bit of partisanship, I will remind him that it was his party’s Government who introduced the work capability assessment...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Further Consideration Stage (24 February 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Alex Attwood: ...well, I know that Justin McNulty will win well. Putting that aside, I will not second-guess Mr Brady when it comes to his knowledge of welfare. Indeed, he is right to call me to account on Atos. I was the Minister, so, if, on my watch, something did not work, went belly up, was not quite right or ended up with a private contractor getting out of a contact because of the way things were...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Consideration Stage (11 February 2015)

Michaela Boyle: ...why we are here today to debate it. In 2012, the Minister's predecessor dealt personally with a lady in my constituency, Mrs Burns, who was a cancer patient at the time. She had an ESA appeal. Atos Healthcare called her for a medical assessment. She was deemed fit for work while she was suffering from cancer and going through treatment. It was done in an arbitrary way because there...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Consideration Stage (10 February 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Fra McCann: They brought in Atos.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Consideration Stage (10 February 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Dolores Kelly: ...the Department to: "take account of relevant medical evidence including evidence of mental ill health". I heard what others said about how that is currently the case, but, given the track record of Atos in particular, it is very clear to me in my constituency work and representational role that quite a bit of evidence is set aside. There are different interpretations by a number of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (9 February 2015)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in establishing a network of mental health, intellectual and cognitive champions in each Atos Medical Examination Centre since November 2010.

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 February 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Mark Harper: ...were very sensible. Some of them were things that we were working on, and some were things that we had not thought of. We made it clear where we did not agree. At the end of this month, Maximus will take over the delivery of the WCA from Atos. Maximus has experience in this area, and I know that it is keen to improve the experience of our constituents who go through the WCA. There may be...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (5 February 2015)

Mark Harper: Atos have contracts with the Department to conduct assessments pertaining to different welfare benefits. Within these contracts, Atos do not use or conduct any form of therapy with any claimant and they do not refer claimants for any therapy. DWP’s internal occupational Employee Assistance Programme provides the opportunity for face to face counselling with staff where it is...

Work-related Activity Group (3 February 2015)

Mark Harper: ...to work—I cannot remember whether it said “indefinitely” or “ever”—are not very well worded. We are looking at all our communication. We have a freeze on IT changes until we do the cutover from Atos to Maximus, but once that is out of the way, we will change the wording on the assessor recommendation. The hon. Lady made a good and reasonable point in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Benefit Claimants (2 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Maurice Devenney: How is Atos incentivised to meet its contractual obligations?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (21 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Mark Lazarowicz: ...at the beginning of the case because there were not always up-to-date address details for the constituent—I do not have enough details to know whether the delay could be ascribed to the DWP, my constituent or Atos. In any event, I was told that the uncertainty “resulted in the request for an assessment”— presumably by the DWP— “only being made on 3...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Procurement (19 January 2015)

Michael Penning: HMCTS invited Atos, Just CD, Synnex Concentrix, BT and Capita to bid for the Compliance and Enforcement Services contract. Atos and Capita withdrew from the competition. Just CD, Synnex Concentrix and BT reached the Invitation To Negotiate stage of the competition.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (16 January 2015)

Mark Harper: Holding answer received on 17 December 2014 The initial priority for MAXIMUS Health and Human Services Ltd will be to transition the service smoothly from the current provider, Atos Healthcare, and stabilise the service for claimants, increase the volume of assessments carried out and reduce waiting times without compromising quality. We will work closely with MAXIMUS to enhance...

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 January 2015)

Andy Slaughter: ...financing arrangements—they deserve justice and they deserve a full and proper compensation package. That should include compensation for family members. It should deal with all conditions, and it should remove the stigma of means-testing, ATOS assessments and so on. That is the least that we, as a country, can do for people who have suffered as a consequence of the state’s action.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (9 January 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical examinations in disability cases dealt with by Atos required a doctor in (a) Grimsby and (b) the rest of England in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (9 January 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sanctions his Department has imposed on Atos in response to delays in medical examinations in the last 12 months.

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