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5482 Motorman: Britain's biggest establishment cover-up 10/04/2012 13:01:27
5483 A pack of ATOS ers – I’ll see you in court 11/04/2012 13:57:39
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5499 ATOS, Claimant Deaths and Bad Publicity 16/04/2012 09:12:40
5500 ATOS forces doctors to sign Secrets Act 16/04/2012 09:13:57

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April 12th 2012

EXCL: ATOS forces doctors into Secrets Act

by Sunny Hundal    

The company ATOS Healthcare – which is contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out medical assessments for welfare claimants – is gagging its doctors from speaking out by using the draconian Official Secrets Act, Liberal Conspiracy can reveal today.

(Graphic courtesy of One Click)

A doctor, who currently works with the company and chose to stay anonymous, told us there was “no justification” to sign this kind of document.

He said the demand for doctors to sign the OSA was recent and he hadn’t been asked to do so when he previously worked at the company.

In an interview, he estimated that the form was introduced late last year, after the company faced a barrage of criticism online.

He sent us documents that proved ATOS Healthcare forced doctors to sign the OSA, putting a blanket ban on whistle blowing.

He said it was a direct violation of General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice guide.

ATOS Healthcare has come under increasing fire in the last few years for forcing disabled welfare claimants into ludicrous and difficult medical assessments.

The chair of the Work and Pensions select committee, Dame Anne Begg MP, criticised the company last July, saying: “There have been failings in the service Atos Healthcare has provided, which has often fallen short of what claimants can rightly expect.”

It has also used legal threats to silence online criticism from disability rights campaigners.

Our source told us:

There is no scientific or medical basis for these assessments. But that is entirely a different matter.

There is no justification for a healthcare practitioner assessing a person suffering from back pain or depression to sign this kind of document.

Atos Healthcare is owned by Atos Origin, a French company. It has also been criticised for running tests in assesssment centres that do not have disabled access, even though a significant proportion of their visitors are disabled.

UPDATE: The Guardian have done a very important follow-up on the story.

@BendyGirl on Twitter points out that: When it was DWP medical services who did benefits medicals none of the Doctors had to sign OSA.



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* Private sector medical staff assessing benefit claimants told to sign Official Secrets Act
Shiv Malik & Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

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