What a valuable and concerned comment! You exemplify the sad state of this country. It is a fine Yorkshire tradition to blame foreigners for the everything . I bet 'some of your best friends' are foreign and everyone in your bier keller agrees with you. .... and as you want to be zenophobic why not focus on the fact that ATOS is a french company taking huge sums of our taxes to do a very poor job.paulfordNeed to save money to pay for "other" people that may "visit" this free for some country.
Very similar to the 'Girl in coma passed fit for work' case also reported this week. The main difference was that she ended up in a coma rather than dead. It was stress of being told she was 'fit for work' that put her in a coma. I think they don't ask GPs in case they are sympathetic (subject to an admin fee of course). The onus is on the subject to present evidence, which is difficult when the subject is vulnerable or has any sort of learning/mental issues. It is obviously a grossly inefficient use of taxpayers money, spending all this money on incorrectly assessing thousands of people to save a pittance from a few who are genuinely playing the system. The people who are really ripping off the benefits system are the rich, both as landlords (Queen, Prince Charles, Duke of Westminster, various dodgy off-shore entities...) and as entrepreneurs who don't pay their workers a living wage so the taxpayer subsidies their wage bill and their healthy profits. If a company can't afford to pay their workers they are not viable and shouldn't be propped up by stealth subsidies.
I really can't believe that neither (Atos- who I sent staff to in a previous life, for assessment, and found to be a total waste of time) not the dwp made contact with this gentlemans GP before making their decision. I'd have thought a GP remains one of the few public figures highly regarded by every walk of life. Plainly their decision was not based on medical advice and plainly they now recognise the ambiguous and irrelevant nature of their 'expertise' and are trying to wiggle out of the contract. I firmly think this becomes a case of negligence and that someone be held responsible.
The letter, presented to the inquest, stated that his anxiety disorder and obsessional traits had been made "significantly worse" because of the pressure put on him by benefit changes. It continued: "Please do not stop or reduce his benefits as this will have ongoing, significant impact on his mental health. He simply is not well enough to cope with this extra stress. His mental and medical condition is extremely serious."
It was not clear whether the letter reached the jobcentre."
So we can assume they didn't since the GP felt the need to contact them. I think they stopped involving actual doctors in benefit decisions when they kept giving answers they didn't like.
Sort of reply to expect from a southern softie.stolenfacesWhat a valuable and concerned comment! You exemplify the sad state of this country. It is a fine Yorkshire tradition to blame foreigners for the everything . I bet 'some of your best friends' are foreign and everyone in your bier keller agrees with you. .... and as you want to be zenophobic why not focus on the fact that ATOS is a french company taking huge sums of our taxes to do a very poor job.
.................... If a company can't afford to pay their workers they are not viable and shouldn't be propped up by stealth subsidies.
Where do you draw the line then, how much state subsidy should a failing business get, presumably you support the DWP's attempts to supply staff to people like Poundland as free labour. Surprisingly (if you're a bit simple, it's surprising) wages are driven down further and the owners of the companies pay themselves more, and their tax advisers more. If a company pays a decent wage, how can they compete with one receiving a taypayer subsidy unless they too reduce wages. If you're saying that capitalism doesn't work then let's not pretend it does. If you want all companies to be eligible for hidden subsidies, why not admit that the system has failed and embrace state ownership. Of course the ex-employees you talk of are already totally dependent on the state, if they rely on the state to pay their rent. ps Even Osbourne has been calling for the minimum wage to be increased for this reason.mattharperbetter close them down then, so the the then EX-EMPLOYEES can be totally dependent on the state. One can always rely on you to come out with the most ridiculous comments