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Atos release ‘doublespeak’ recruitment ad

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“You could make the difference that gives someone on incapacity benefit a brighter future.”

Atos new recruitment drive attempts to portray a caring image to entice health professionals into working for them. The £60,000 a year for doctors, £32,000 for nurses is no mean attraction either. Almost don’t need the spin. Except most health professionals of integrity must find the prospect requires more than a little moral deliberation now that so much about this firm has been made public by those who see themselves as victims of it.

This article in the Daily Record balances Atos’ advert against the actual reality of someone who has been through the WCA.

Maggie Mackay was assessed by Atos as “fit to work” when she was still recovering from chemotherapy.

The 51-year-old, from Glengarnock, Ayrshire, was a furniture restorer before breast cancer stopped her in her tracks.

She had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery but was then assessed as being to fit to work by Atos and taken off disability benefit.

Maggie, who bravely took part in our Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show last year, has launched an appeal.

She said: “Two weeks ago I had more surgery as my scar was not healing properly. My side effects include fatigue, not being able to sleep, very sore bones and memory loss.

“The young woman didn’t seem interested. I can’t squat because I have two slipped discs.

“But she wrote in her report that I could squat. She made out I was perfectly fit and healthy.

“Everything you say is twisted to make out that you are fit for work. I now have £8 a day to live on.”


Maggie’s story is a depressingly frequent one.


Written by bigleyma

August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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