The total cost of the DWP Medical Services contract with Atos Healthcare, a division of Atos Origin, is in the region of £100 million per annum. This estimate covers the total number of examinations undertaken across all benefits and also includes costs relating to written and verbal medical advice, fixed overheads, administrative costs, investment in new technology and other service improvements.
The total amount paid to Atos Healthcare by DWP for the scrutiny, face to face and work focused health related assessment reports was in:
2008-09: £1.7 million
2009-10: £24.4 million
These figures do not include costs relating to fixed overheads, administrative costs, investment in new technology and other service improvements.