Thursday, 18 August 2011

Sign your life away .. please

Got a bee in your bonnet? Want to kick up a fuss about something, but kind of quietly without anyone noticing? Let's sign some petitions! One of the members on one of the M.E. groups has been doing a grand job of finding petitions about Atos Healthcare. None of them are worded ideally, but if we get enough signatures on all of them hopefully the message will get through to parliament that something needs to be done.

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
The Atos Group should be Terminated. They do not carry out fair assessments, they ask you set questions set by this Government, they don't listen and above all fail in their duties towards people who are genuinly disabled and mentally ill. You as a Government need to listen and stop messing with peoples lives. Otherwise the votes will go the other way.


Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
For the chronically sick and disabled, the current system of assessment is inadequate and makes many peoples conditions worse and causes undue stress and upset. I, as a person with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, would ask the government to stop using Atos, who are driven by profit. This obviously creates a conflict of interest. To once again rely on specialist evidence from doctors and consultants as opposed to tick box evidence from non specialist privately employed individuals.


Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
Stop the stressful benefit tests to those claimants on DLA (disability living allowance), ESA (employment and support allowance) and for current incapacity claiments and for alll those claiments on passport benefits relating to incapcity benefit. Changes have already been made after the independent Harrington review last year, which concluded the tests were not working as well as they should and needed to be made fairer and more effective. The report noted the "high rate of appeals" against findings, and said that cases overturned by "first tier" appeals between October 2008 and August 2009 were "consistently around 40%".


Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
Stop the unfair and cruel re-assessments via ATOS for disabled people currently on Incapacity Benefit. ESA is a flawed benefit, and puts terrible pressure and stress on vulnerable people, putting people who cannot work on lesser benefits and applying sanctions. Let disabled people decide for themselves if they can work, they and their carers know best.


Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
The undersigned ask that the House debate the notion that David Cameron should apologise for misrepresenting incapacity benefit claimant figures by not including results of successful appeals or those who have been excluded from the process because it is either too distressing for them or because they cannot physically attend an assessment. The undersigned also ask that the debate considers whether French private IT company, Atos' role in assessments should be ended and the process handed over to British medical professionals who are not driven by targets or profits.


Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
We are concerned by reports of a high number of genuinely ill and disabled people, including those who are terminally ill, wrongly being declared fit for work by ATOS medical assessors. These errors cause hardship and distress to some of the most vulnerable members of society and cost the tax payer large sums in appeals. We therefore petition the government to look into the process of these medical assessments and ensure that the necessary changes are made to create a fair system that protects the sick and disabled.

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