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Atos and Dwp news

Postby BlueBerry » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:11 pm

Hey ho

I thought you like to read the good news that is happen at the min with atos and the dwp not to sure if this is true yet but let keep my fingerers crossed.

"All repeat WCA medicals to be stopped"
copy from http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2645-all-repeat-wca-medicals-to-be-stopped

Also this good too :twisted: http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/huge-victory-for-sick-and-disabled-claimants-as-atos-chased-out/

All repeat WCA medicals to be stopped
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 14:14

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In an urgent memo obtained by Benefits and Work, the DWP have told staff that due to a growing backlog at Atos all current employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants will be left on the benefit, without further medical checks, until another company can be found to do repeat work capability assessments (WCAs). The memo, dated 20 January, goes on to say that this will reduce the number of claimants moving off ESA, but that there are no plans to inform claimants or MPs about the change.

Benefits and Work obtained the memo from the DWP via a Freedom of Information request. It is headed: ‘FOR URGENT CASCADE. Control of the Referral of Repeat work Capability Assessments’.

The memo explains that back in July a ministerial statement announced that:

“in the drive to continually improve the Work Capability Assessment process and bring down waiting times for claimants, DWP had decided to seek additional capacity to deliver Work Capability Assessments.

“We are working towards having new provision in place – it will of course take some time for that to become fully operational.”

However, the memo goes on to explain that:

“The number of cases currently with Atos Healthcare has grown. A decision has therefore been taken to control the referral of repeat work capability assessments. Therefore, with effect from 20 January 2014, further routine repeat assessments referrals to Atos will be deferred until further notice.

“Controlling the volume of repeat Work Capability Assessments should help us to reduce delays for new claimants and those that have already been referred.”

The memo goes on to say that staff must still refer claimants for reassessment where there has been a reported change in condition, giving the example of a claimant placed in the Work Related Activity Group whose condition worsens and who might be expected to move into the Support Group.

Aside from this, however, reassessment of existing claimants is to end until further notice, with no new cases being referred to Atos from 20th January.

The memo is keen to point out that the decision to stop repeat assessments by Atos is not ‘linked to the quality issues outlined in July 2013’ which the DWP ‘has been working closely with Atos to resolve’. It also reassures readers that the change will have no impact on Atos’ ability to carry out personal independence payment assessments.

It does, however, admit that the result of the change is that the number of people coming off ESA each month will reduce because:

“the Work Capability Assessment is the main trigger for off-flows from the Employment and Support Allowance load. We will continue to assess the potential for alternative interventions on those whose repeat Work Capability Assessments are deferred to seek to manage this consequence.”

No details of what those ‘alternative interventions’ might be is given.

It is clear, however, that the DWP is not keen for people to be aware of the ever more disastrous state of medical assessments for benefits by Atos. The memo explains that claimants who enquire about when their next WCA will be, should only be told that:

“Although the Department will periodically review a person’s Limited Capability for Work, there is no set date for this to happen.

“The timing of this review is at the discretion of the Decision Maker acting on behalf of the Secretary of State and is influenced by the evidence available to them, which can mean on occasion longer periods between face to face assessments. “

In addition, the memo explains that as this is simply an ‘operational decision’ and not a ‘policy change’ there are no plans to notify ‘external stakeholders such as claimants, claimant representative groups, Members of Parliament, etc.’

It is hard to imagine that IDS and his fellow DWP ministers believed that they could keep this further Atos-related failure secret for long: you can’t stop reassessing thousands of claimants a week without anyone noticing. If, however, they could have kept it secret at least until they found a new company to take on the repeat assessments, it would have been easier to explain away and not added to the ever mounting pressure for a complete overhaul of the WCA.

“Yes, there was briefly a problem” IDS could have said “But we now have a new provider and it is no longer an issue.”

As it is, this news is simply further proof that the WCA is not fit for purpose, because as soon as the DWP attempts to impose proper quality controls a massive backlog results. It is, we hope, another nail in the coffin of a completely discredited system.

And, for all those claimants with static or degenerative conditions who continue to be forced to undergo repeat assessments, often followed by repeat appeals, on an annual basis, the news will come as a welcome respite.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby Purplepig » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:21 pm

My PIP claim had to be in for 10/01. On 10/02 I got letter telling me to attend ATOS appointment on 28/02.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby craftyvixx » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:34 pm

This explains the letter I received last week. I have been expecting my renewal forms for my DLA and instead I got a letter stating I was to receive DLA until March 2015. No explanation was given in the letter.
I was dreading the renewal process after hearing so many 'horror' stories from other people who have had trouble renewing their benefit. Now at least I have another 12mths before I have to worry about it again
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby BlueBerry » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:37 pm

yeah i just had my re assessment for wca on jan/30 had just the form and I am still waiting for a reply so I have no clue what is happen, guess we find out next couple days I hope :roll:

Ahhh that explain a bit with the letter you got cradty well I hope this put your mind at easy I am try to think it great news and have a party with :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:
but my mam say don't count your chickens before they hatch but i am just hope it true :-D
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby M0nkeyS0cks72 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:54 pm

Craftyvixx please ring dla and confirm whether or not the letter is not just what is called your uprating letter which tells you how much you would get till march next year if you were still entitled. I know of someone who thought they were to have no renewal because of a letter like this and their money stopped as they didn't question it. When they rang to see why, the forms had been sent out and because they had not returned them their benefit ran out.
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Postby robbiecramp » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:31 am

My PIP was in just before 20/02/2014 which was final day hope I get a letter soon
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby Roslynne » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:36 am

I had a medical assesment at home last week with CAPITA the lady was
an OP & she was with me for nearly 2hrs.
My ATOS assesment in 2011 took about 15mins MAX & I lost what was
then my INCAPACITY with no points?
As far as I was aware my FIBRO was diagnosed last year by a
Rheumatologist. I discovered last week from the OT my GP
diagnosed me with FIBRO in 2006 but never wrote
it on my "Fit Note" & never gave me the drugs to treat it & he
didn't even tell me?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby kp007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:44 am

Does anyone know where this news leaves me and people like me...I filled in the esa form last August.. for reassessment.. I have just got my appointment for the physical assessment for March 7th.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby Puggers » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:10 am

Hi Roslynne I'm currently still waiting for a home visit & they keep fobbing me off about when they will send me an appointment for someone to come out for the home visit. I hope you don't mind me asking but how long did it take them to come out for a home visit appointment from when you requested one?

Thanks x
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby Roslynne » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:57 am

Hi Puggers,
I should of attended an appeal in Court last March
but due to ill health was unable to attend
I requested a home medical & was due to movf
house (last Sept) so had to decline the date they
offered at that time & then got a date for February,
( Capita cancelled last minute) so ended up
happening on the 17th. Hope this helps?
x
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby zappa20 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:12 am

kp007 wrote:Does anyone know where this news leaves me and people like me...I filled in the esa form last August.. for reassessment.. I have just got my appointment for the physical assessment for March 7th.


From reading would think it makes no difference and you still need to atttend your appointment. I read it to mean that anyone who has already been assessed and was due for a reassessment after 20th January would be left until they're better organised. But that anyone who sent back an ESA form prior to 20th jan 2014 would be reassessed as normal in due course at a date to be arranged.

Also any new claims for ESA will continue to through the asssessment process or anyone submitting a change of circumstances with the aim of being reassessed as eligible for the Suppport Group would still be processed as normal.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby MikH-D » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:55 am

My esa was applied jul last year they have never called me for an assessment yet


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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby kerensasdad » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:50 pm

I was due to have my first ATOS assessment tomorrow after 5 years on incapacity. This morning a letter arrived telling me I no longer need to attend due to new information they have received.
I'm stumped, no idea what is going on.
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby denys » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:43 am

Ring them for an explanation, always double check if you are in any doubt
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Re: Atos and Dwp news

Postby Puggers » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:55 am

Hi Roslynne thanks so much for replying to my message & I hope everything works out for you hun. x
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