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Work Capability Assessment: Atos

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

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) his Department and (b) Atos provide any incentives to find claimants fit for work.

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

The medical services agreement between Atos Healthcare and the Department for Work and Pensions does not include any provisions either from the Department or from Atos Healthcare to incentivise health care professionals to find claimants undergoing the WCA fit for work, and nor would we wish to do so.

It should be noted, however that all decisions on benefit entitlement are made by DWP decision makers and not by Atos Healthcare professionals. Entitlement is determined by the Department's decision makers and is based on all available evidence, including that provided by the claimant. Decision makers are rightly impartial and also not incentivised to find claimants under going the WCA fit for work.

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