Protest against work capability tests in Southampton

Protest against work capability tests

Protest against work capability tests

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

A DEMONSTRATION will take place against Government welfare changes.

Protesters will gather outside the Southampton offices of the Government’s healthcare contractor Atos.

The protesters, including members of the Labour and Green parties and trade unions, have criticised the work capability assessment tests carried out by Atos.

They are calling for the Government to scrap Atos’s contract, saying the assessments are “not fit for purpose” and that medical professionals should carry them out instead.

Last year Prime Minister David Cameron admitted the quality of service had to improve.

The demonstration will take place from 8am outside the firm’s offices in Terminus Terrace.

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6:00am Tue 18 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say
why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say mickey01
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6:24am Tue 18 Feb 14

roofspace says...

mickey01 wrote:
why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say
What a wonderful person you must be - you are all heart in your lonely little world.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say[/p][/quote]What a wonderful person you must be - you are all heart in your lonely little world. roofspace
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8:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

cs1007 says...

roofspace wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say
What a wonderful person you must be - you are all heart in your lonely little world.
if you can call it an assessment,and the lies they put in there reports geez
[quote][p][bold]roofspace[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say[/p][/quote]What a wonderful person you must be - you are all heart in your lonely little world.[/p][/quote]if you can call it an assessment,and the lies they put in there reports geez cs1007
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8:45am Tue 18 Feb 14

tootle says...

mickey01 wrote:
why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say
I have no doubt there are people who "get away" with it, people who "work" the system and also have no doubt that an overhaul is long overdue and that personal assessments are the way to go. BUT. 6 months from receipt of form by ATOS and nothing, no acknowledgement of receipt, no assessment, nothing - yet, there is a backlog. Then there is the question of them assessing fitness. They are not experts in every condition, many are not medically trained, even the consultant had no idea how my son's condition(extremely rare) affects everyday life, though a consultant from a different speciality has, the same condition cannot even be put on the DWP claim form because it isn't on their computer - so what chance have atos got of doing a good job? Not a hope. It is still a system that is open to abuse from both sides. Protest - good on them, have no doubt my son would protest if he could but he isn't fit enough to go, if he was he still couldn't go without help and I'm busy.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say[/p][/quote]I have no doubt there are people who "get away" with it, people who "work" the system and also have no doubt that an overhaul is long overdue and that personal assessments are the way to go. BUT. 6 months from receipt of form by ATOS and nothing, no acknowledgement of receipt, no assessment, nothing - yet, there is a backlog. Then there is the question of them assessing fitness. They are not experts in every condition, many are not medically trained, even the consultant had no idea how my son's condition(extremely rare) affects everyday life, though a consultant from a different speciality has, the same condition cannot even be put on the DWP claim form because it isn't on their computer - so what chance have atos got of doing a good job? Not a hope. It is still a system that is open to abuse from both sides. Protest - good on them, have no doubt my son would protest if he could but he isn't fit enough to go, if he was he still couldn't go without help and I'm busy. tootle
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9:15am Tue 18 Feb 14

H0ckeyd says...

mickey01 wrote:
why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say
"Getting away" with what? you are there have been number of cases where people have died very shortly after failing this test? or that they diagnose people without legs as being able to walk?

It's ignorant people like you that need testing and excluding from society for being vicious, ignorant and vindictive as well as being the kind of self-centred "pull the ladder up Jack and sod the rest" type of person that allows this con-demmed government to put out blanket statements like "we'll remove 20% of people off Disability Living Allowance" not caring who or what they have or how sick they are, but just removing them none-the-less....I assume you are aware of the appeal success rate too?
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: why protest? is it that the medical people have been too easy to con and the work shy cant get away with it with atos lets have more i say[/p][/quote]"Getting away" with what? you are there have been number of cases where people have died very shortly after failing this test? or that they diagnose people without legs as being able to walk? It's ignorant people like you that need testing and excluding from society for being vicious, ignorant and vindictive as well as being the kind of self-centred "pull the ladder up Jack and sod the rest" type of person that allows this con-demmed government to put out blanket statements like "we'll remove 20% of people off Disability Living Allowance" not caring who or what they have or how sick they are, but just removing them none-the-less....I assume you are aware of the appeal success rate too? H0ckeyd
  • Score: 6

9:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

oldage says...

The ones who are protesting are more an likely the WORK SHY .To easy money for this lot they end up with more money than grafters
The ones who are protesting are more an likely the WORK SHY .To easy money for this lot they end up with more money than grafters oldage
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12:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

southy says...

The people who see you are not the ones that do the assessments they just filling in a report for you to be assess by civil servants who have no medical back ground at all, what ever your medication is it is not taken into account, like certain painkillers (like the chemically altered morphine drugs). if you are on these sort of drugs you will never get a job because company,s work insurance will not cover the person not with out the company paying out more in dividends and company,s are not willing to pay the extra that is needed. Your doctors medical records are totally ignore.
Every one is awarded zero points, and only gain a few points when appeal is made, but to often even then people are getting zero points even unfit for work, there are company;s and doctors saying these people are unfit for work and will not get employment, the Government as taken away any chances of there people from getting paid work by closing down the Remploy Factory's.
Some thing else that people need to think about is how come the Child wealthfare services are taking away children,s from family,s in Italy Lativa and other country's. What is going on in the world, some thing really wrong and question and answers are needed
The people who see you are not the ones that do the assessments they just filling in a report for you to be assess by civil servants who have no medical back ground at all, what ever your medication is it is not taken into account, like certain painkillers (like the chemically altered morphine drugs). if you are on these sort of drugs you will never get a job because company,s work insurance will not cover the person not with out the company paying out more in dividends and company,s are not willing to pay the extra that is needed. Your doctors medical records are totally ignore. Every one is awarded zero points, and only gain a few points when appeal is made, but to often even then people are getting zero points even unfit for work, there are company;s and doctors saying these people are unfit for work and will not get employment, the Government as taken away any chances of there people from getting paid work by closing down the Remploy Factory's. Some thing else that people need to think about is how come the Child wealthfare services are taking away children,s from family,s in Italy Lativa and other country's. What is going on in the world, some thing really wrong and question and answers are needed southy
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sirruler says...

ATOS and other scams similar should be outlawed with imidiate effect. none of the ATOS staff are professional and none are doctors or nurses for that matter. its a bit like me assessing a brain surgeon to see if he can do the job when i know nothing about his job, its really the same thing. ATOS i can tell you all from personal experience are dishonist, they lied about me deliberatly so i wouldnt get enough points to pass their test. they wrote down things i never said and ticked yes when i said no and vice versa. If a GP or other professional doctor signs you off sick as unfit for work then in their professional opinion 'you are unfit for work' end of!
This is not about people getting something for nothing, they dont give you enough to exist for them to accuse you of that, it is about enslaving the sheeple regardless of your health. if they had their way they would have us all dig up the dead and force them back to work, they'd pay you nothing for digging them up and they'd pay peanuts to the working dead. those of you who think ATOS are in the right, pray you dont become ill or become disabled and unable to work.
ATOS and other scams similar should be outlawed with imidiate effect. none of the ATOS staff are professional and none are doctors or nurses for that matter. its a bit like me assessing a brain surgeon to see if he can do the job when i know nothing about his job, its really the same thing. ATOS i can tell you all from personal experience are dishonist, they lied about me deliberatly so i wouldnt get enough points to pass their test. they wrote down things i never said and ticked yes when i said no and vice versa. If a GP or other professional doctor signs you off sick as unfit for work then in their professional opinion 'you are unfit for work' end of! This is not about people getting something for nothing, they dont give you enough to exist for them to accuse you of that, it is about enslaving the sheeple regardless of your health. if they had their way they would have us all dig up the dead and force them back to work, they'd pay you nothing for digging them up and they'd pay peanuts to the working dead. those of you who think ATOS are in the right, pray you dont become ill or become disabled and unable to work. sirruler
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10:31am Sat 22 Feb 14

thinklikealocal says...

sirruler wrote:
ATOS and other scams similar should be outlawed with imidiate effect. none of the ATOS staff are professional and none are doctors or nurses for that matter. its a bit like me assessing a brain surgeon to see if he can do the job when i know nothing about his job, its really the same thing. ATOS i can tell you all from personal experience are dishonist, they lied about me deliberatly so i wouldnt get enough points to pass their test. they wrote down things i never said and ticked yes when i said no and vice versa. If a GP or other professional doctor signs you off sick as unfit for work then in their professional opinion 'you are unfit for work' end of!
This is not about people getting something for nothing, they dont give you enough to exist for them to accuse you of that, it is about enslaving the sheeple regardless of your health. if they had their way they would have us all dig up the dead and force them back to work, they'd pay you nothing for digging them up and they'd pay peanuts to the working dead. those of you who think ATOS are in the right, pray you dont become ill or become disabled and unable to work.
Wrong. All the ATOS staff conducting the interviews are medical professionals. The assessment they complete was drawn up by the DWP not ATOS. The assessments are scored and a decision on benefits entitlement is made by the DWP not ATOS. I have every sympathy with people who are too ill or disabled to work and fully agree with the state financially supporting them. The sad truth however is that many people who currently claim they cannot work can. Fact.
[quote][p][bold]sirruler[/bold] wrote: ATOS and other scams similar should be outlawed with imidiate effect. none of the ATOS staff are professional and none are doctors or nurses for that matter. its a bit like me assessing a brain surgeon to see if he can do the job when i know nothing about his job, its really the same thing. ATOS i can tell you all from personal experience are dishonist, they lied about me deliberatly so i wouldnt get enough points to pass their test. they wrote down things i never said and ticked yes when i said no and vice versa. If a GP or other professional doctor signs you off sick as unfit for work then in their professional opinion 'you are unfit for work' end of! This is not about people getting something for nothing, they dont give you enough to exist for them to accuse you of that, it is about enslaving the sheeple regardless of your health. if they had their way they would have us all dig up the dead and force them back to work, they'd pay you nothing for digging them up and they'd pay peanuts to the working dead. those of you who think ATOS are in the right, pray you dont become ill or become disabled and unable to work.[/p][/quote]Wrong. All the ATOS staff conducting the interviews are medical professionals. The assessment they complete was drawn up by the DWP not ATOS. The assessments are scored and a decision on benefits entitlement is made by the DWP not ATOS. I have every sympathy with people who are too ill or disabled to work and fully agree with the state financially supporting them. The sad truth however is that many people who currently claim they cannot work can. Fact. thinklikealocal
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