Atos Origin

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of its contract with Atos Healthcare to carry out work capability assessments for employment and support allowance claims in each of the last two years.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

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.

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Ian Sandeman
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 3:01 am (Report this annotation)

The DWPs own internal audit reveals that they spent way more than £100m on Atos:-

05/13/10 MEDICAL SERVICES CONTRACT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ATOS ORIGIN MEDICAL SERVICES 2015244677 3,489,137.81

That's nearly £3.5bn!

From the document:-

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B4nYZs4MzlZbNDZkYzgzMmUtMGI...