Atos Healthcare

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appointments for ATOS face-to-face assessments in England were cancelled in the last 12 months because a healthcare professional was not available for the appointment; and for what reason such appointments were cancelled.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

13,795 face-to-face work capability assessments for employment and support allowance and incapacity benefit reassessments were cancelled because a health care professional was not available for the appointment for the period August 2012 to July 2013. 779,305 were successfully completed for the same period.

The reasons for cancellation were:

Number of clients attended exceeded the medical capacity

Health care professional was unavailable

Health care professional did not attend for the session.

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