2 March 2013
ATOS Healthcare Assessments Case Study
By The Veterons Party
WE NEED YOUR HELP !!
2. Have lost income or suffered in any way that could be attributed to an ATOS Healthcare assessment.
3. Who has suffered because of not being granted a home visit and being forced to attend an ATOS Healthcare assessment when a home visit should have been offered.
4. Have evidence of being treated in an inappropriate way during an assessment.
5. Have any evidence of poor practice or lack of profesionalism by the ATOS Healthcare professional.
6. Have had written evidence ignored leading to a negative assessment.
We would ask you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and a rough outline of your incident.
We will not publish or use any information you might give us without first gaining your consent.
Freedom of information - request form - Department of Health
2. What instructions or briefings have been given to GP's to assist British Military Veterans undergoing an ATOS Healthcare assessment especially those military veterans suffering from PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome ?
3. Has the Detartment of Health given instructions or training assistance regarding the training of ATOS healtcare assessors working on behalf of the DWP, who assess British Military veterans suffering from PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome ?
4. Have Health Care Proffessionals and GP's recieved instructions or training in assisting British Military Veterons who undergo assessments regarding PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome ?
5. Does the department of Health have any policy regarding those British Military Veterans suffering with PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome ?
27 Feb 2013
Freedom of information – request form - to DWP
Description of the information you seek:
1. Does the DWP have a policy regarding how those suffering with PTSD are treated during assessments they undergo ?
2. Does the DWP have a policy regarding how those suffering from Gulf War Syndrome are treated during assessments they undergo ?
3. What instructions or briefings have been given to ATOS Healthcare assessors in dealing with those British military veterans suffering from PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome ?
4. Are the ATOS assessors working on behalf of the DWP, who assess British Military veterans, given specialist training regarding PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome.
In what format would you prefer to receive this information. Please provide us with details ie electronic copy, mail etc
Thank you in advance for you help in this very important matter.
If you have an ATOS Healtcare assessment due the following might help you.
If you want a home visit you will need a letter from your GP expalaining that.
Ask for the assessment to be recorded and request a copy of the recording.
Take a friend with you to take notes and you could use the form which you will find on this page. Taking notes is important as you will need all the evidence you can get if you go to a tribunal.
Try not to walk out as they will put you down as a 'No Show"
Don't be forced into doing anything that would be painfull. Ensure you explain what causes you pain.
Always remember to make referance to the worst times even if you have been ok for a week or two.
Read through the form below and try to gather as much information about them as they gather about you.
Why not drop a line to your local MP about your ATOS Healthcare assessment. For advice and tips on how to do that and also how to find out about your MP see the Ministers and Shadow Ministers page.
The Veterans Party is currently in the process of explaining to Help for Heroes how important it is to support all veterans and not just those in current conflicts. The Veterans Party agree that Help for Heroes does wonderful job in looking after those injured in Afganistan, but we believe parity of help for all veterans must be the way ahead. Help for Heroes has such a strong branding that it holds the market and those donating also believe all are being looked after. It is not fair to others who are suffering, parity must be the way ahead.
Our dispute concerns the failure of Help for Heroes to offer support to veteran injured or suffering from injuries received in conflicts prior to 2001.
Help for Heroes is the strongest brand in the charity field looking after injured servicemen and veterans. The three main concern of The Veterans Party are:
Because of the strong branding of Help for Heroes the public perception is Help for Heroes is all encompassing and supports all veterans and therefore members of the public give donations to Help for Heroes to the detriment of other smaller charities who do support all veterans. Members of the public are led to believe, and their perception is Help for Heroes do offer help for all veterans. Help for Heroes have taken over a number of failing charities bringing them into the same position regarding serving post 2001 veterans only.
The Objective of Help for Heroes registered with the Charities Commission in September 2007 clearly states:
2.1) TO ASSIST PERSONS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING OR WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES, AND THEIR DEPENDENTS, BY ADVANCING ANY LAWFUL CHARITABLE PURPOSE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE TRUSTEES AND IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY 2.1.1) TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN WOUNDED OR INJURED WHILST SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES THROUGH THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT OR SERVICES FOR THEIR REHABILITATION; AND 2.1.2) TO MAKE GRANTS TO OTHER CHARITIES WHO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS 2.2) TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN WOUNDED OR INJURED WHILST PROVIDING SERVICES TO, OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH, AND IN EITHER CASE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDER OF, THE ARMED FORCES, IN AN AREA OF CONFLICT OR WAR AND TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO THE DEPENDENTS OF SUCH PERSONS WHO ARE IN NEED.
There is no mention of ‘recent conflicts’ or ‘current conflicts’ as per the Help for Heroes email in which they state ‘we have chosen to focus our support on those categories above that have had their lives changed by their service during current conflicts.’
3. The Veterans Part has examples of veterans who served prior to 2001 being turned away by Help for Heroes and we do not believe this to be correct and not within the stated objectives of Help for Heroes.
The Charity Commision should give us an answer within 15 days.....
I do want to make it very clear that The Veterans Party agrees that Help for Heroes has done a wonderful job looking after those unfortunate to have suffered in Afganistan in place of the Givernment who have failed them.
We would just like to see equal parity for ALL VETERANS !
Letter Writing Campaign
The Veterans Party is considering organising a letter writing campaign to constituent MP’a and Ministers. We will publish a list of issues and suggest wording but it will be important that each letter is written individually and not cut and pasted.
We will advise asking your MP to write to the relevant Minister about the issue and to ask for a reply on the subject.
We hope you will support us when we proceed with this campaign.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REGARDING ATOS HEALTHCARE
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Caxton House Tothill Street London SW1H 9DA
Dear Mr Ian Duncan Smith 17 February 2013
Freedom of Information Request
Veterans/Ex Service Personnel and ATOS Healthcare Assessments
To enable the Veterans Party to assess reports received concerning ATOS Healthcare disability assessments we submit the following Freedom Of Information Request:
1. FoI request, How many ex service personnel were interviewed/assessed by ATOS Healthcare on behalf of the DWP/SPVA from January 2010 through to January 2013 ?
2. FoI request, How many ex service personnel had their payments downgraded or halted following an assessment by ATOS Healthcare on behalf of DWP/SPVA from January 2010 through to January 2013 ?
3. FoI request, How many ex service personnel went to appeal following the decision of 2 above ?
4. FoI request. How many ex service personnel following an appeal had their benefits reinstated or increased following and appeals process; reference 3 above ?
To enable The Veterans Party to fully understand the policy of the DWP concerning Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Medical/Clinic problems following service in the Gulf Wars (some would entitle it as Gulf War Syndrome) The Veterans Party submits the following Freedom of Information Request:
1. FoI request, What instructions/guidance was given to ATOS Healthcare by DWP/SPVA or any other Government department on how to assess those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome ?
Thank you in advance for your speedy response to this enquiry which will give the DWP the opportunity to shine a light on the ongoing problem of lack of trust concerning ATOS Healthcare assessments.
26 Feb 2013
I have emailed DWP today submitting our request again as we have not yet had a reply from them.
ATOS HEALTHCARE ASSESSMENT
When you go on your ATOS Healthcare assessment don't forget to take a friend with you who can make note.
Do take notes so you can use them when you go to the appeal/tribunal.
Why not use the form Assessing the Assessor Form shown on the ATOS Assessment Page
When a disabled person attends an ATOS “Medical” , they are generally in an anxious state and often forget some of the things that happen during the alleged “Medical” examination. This can often lead to confusion when appealing against the inevitable cessation of benefit payments and the ensuing chaos it causes. To make matters worse, when one attends accompanied and notes are taken it is sometimes difficult to keep up with what is happening.