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Cystic Fibrosis (10 April 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...to give up work, but research conducted last year by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with Parkinson’s UK, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society reported that Atos found 45% of people with these progressive conditions fit to work. Obviously, it has now been belatedly acknowledged that the assessments carried out by Atos were far too unreliable. Most...

Work Capability Assessment (9 April 2014)

Sheila Gilmore: ...changes, to put this issue in context. The claim process will generally start with a telephone call to Jobcentre Plus. Cases are passed to the Department for Work and Pensions contractor—currently Atos—which sends claimants a form to fill in. It is known as the ESA50 form. After that is returned, Atos can call in a claimant for a face-to-face assessment or submit advice to the...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Michael Penning: ...as well and they need to be treated as an individual case, with all their disabilities considered in their entirety. We are working very closely with Capita. The Capita model is different from the Atos model. As was alluded to by the shadow Minister, Capita is doing 60% of its work within the home and 40% in other assessments. It is completely unacceptable if someone is being asked to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Atos Healthcare (9 April 2014)

Lord Morrow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 March (WA 63), and in the light of recent developments, what were the circumstances leading to the withdrawal of Atos Healthcare from its contract, including all relevant dates of notifications.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Atos Healthcare (7 April 2014)

Lord Morrow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the announcement that Atos Healthcare is exiting its contract in respect of fit-for-work tests, whether they plan to initiate an investigation with published terms of reference into that company's performance, including complaints made directly to Atos Healthcare and through any other agency including the Department for Work and Pensions.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Employment: Work Capability Assessments (7 April 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of the financial settlement paid to the Department for Work and Pensions by Atos upon their withdrawal from the Work Capability Assessment Scheme.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Incapacity Benefit Migration (3 April 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Michael Penning: ...the morning of the hearing. Extra evidence was produced, and the judge had used his autonomy to waive the four-week rule and allow it to be presented. I have been urgently looking at how we get the right decisions by ATOS professionals being sent to our decision makers. The final decision is made by the Department, not by Atos; Atos makes a recommendation and we look at it. I looked...

Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Sanctioning of Benefit Recipients (3 April 2014)

Julie Hilling: ..., but we do say that sanctions should be fair. They should be imposed only when claimants wilfully do not do everything that they have agreed to do—unlike the young man I recently met at a protest against Atos, who was like so many people on benefits. He wanted to work, but had suffered a rugby injury and was on ESA. He has worked in construction and had had his own window cleaning...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (3 April 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Nick Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of Atos in carrying out medical assessments for personal independence payments; and if he will review this contract following the recent announcement on the employment and support allowance work capability assessment contract.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (3 April 2014)

Stephen Doughty: ...of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time is for applicants for personal independence payment in each region of the UK to be assessed by (a) Capita Health and Wellbeing and (b) Atos Healthcare in each region.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (2 April 2014)

Kevin Stewart: ...has been devastating on the mental health of claimants, who have been stressed and often traumatised by the process. They have been made to feel like frauds for suffering poor mental health, and have been disbelieved by the Atos staff carrying out the assessments. I believe that many medical examiners have little experience of mental health issues, do not take into account any additional...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Atos Healthcare (2 April 2014)

Lord Morrow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of Atos Healthcare’s complaints policy and procedure, as held by the Department for Work and Pensions. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all persons undergoing medical examinations by Atos Healthcare in respect of benefit applications are advised of the complaints procedure and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Atos Healthcare (1 April 2014)

Lord Morrow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints about Atos Healthcare have been submitted or received through the Department for Work and Pensions, per year, since the commencement of the service provision contract.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (1 April 2014)

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the ministerial statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 56-8WS, on Atos, how much Atos has paid to his Department in order to exit its contract early; and whether he plans for the new contract provide for payments calculated on the number of assessments completed.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (1 April 2014)

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many and what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants in the Work Related Activity Group Atos has sought further medical evidence and opinion from the person's nominated professional.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (1 April 2014)

Michael Penning: ... 19,700 Incapacity benefit reassessments 73,100 Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. The outcome recorded is the final DWP Decision Maker's decision or the recommendation made by the Atos Healthcare Professional where the Decision Maker's decision is not yet available. 3. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (1 April 2014)

Michael Penning: ... 11,800 New claims—Repeat assessment 19,700 Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. The outcome recorded is the final DWP Decision Maker's decision or the recommendation made by the Atos Healthcare Professional where the Decision Maker's decision is not yet available. 3. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (1 April 2014)

Michael Penning: ... 19,700 Incapacity benefit reassessments 73,100 Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. The outcome recorded is the final DWP decision maker's decision or the recommendation made by the Atos Healthcare professional where the decision maker's decision is not yet available. 3. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (1 April 2014)

Michael Penning: ...information is not available in respect of local authority areas. We announced in a written ministerial statement on 27 March our plans to achieve a reduction in waiting times and next steps, including Atos Healthcare's withdrawal from delivery of work capability assessments in Great Britain before the end of the current contract. Atos Healthcare will continue to deliver work capability...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (31 March 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Michael Penning: There are two separate answers to that question. On WCA, Atos is leaving and we will bring in a new contractor before moving to multiple contractors to ensure that the suppliers can do what is said on the tin, all without paying a single piece of compensation to Atos—[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] Exactly the opposite, actually—Atos will be paying it to us. Secondly,...

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