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Daily Record Article: “Enough To Make You Sick…”

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2011/07/10/enough-to-make-you-sick-government-urged-to-claw-back-millions-from-contractors-after-they-wrongly-assessed-thousands-on-disability-benefits-86908-23261325/

Daily Record piece by Mark Aitken, July 10th 2011.

Addressed the costs that have been incurred by the taxpayer due to huge volume of appeals. Although this article estimates around £50 million, a previous post that I made contains extracted data from a FOI request about this specific issue. The DWP provided figures from that of over £90 million.

“The Department for Work and Pensions’ contract with Atos allows it to recoup money from the firm for poor medical advice. But UK employment minister Chris Grayling has admitted not a single penny has been claimed back.”

The paper is referencing Tom Greatrex’s question to Chris Grayling (which can be found at:

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-06-09b.58506.h

Managing Agents
Work and Pensions
Written answers and statements, 9 June 2011

Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)

“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department has reclaimed money from Atos as a result of unsatisfactory medical advice in each month since May 2010; how much has been reclaimed in each such month; and what proportion of the monetary value of its contract with Atos the total sum reclaimed represents.”

* Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 9 June 2011, c419W)

Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)

“Since May 2010 the Department has not needed to claim any money back from Atos Healthcare as they have met all of their targets for medical advice.”

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Written by bigleyma

July 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Posted in ATOS Healthcare

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