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GPs struggle to cope with 21% rise in requests to verify work capability since January


The main problem is the complete failure of ATOS Healthcare to carryout a fair assessment that takes into account the medical evidence from GP's and in some cases consultants. These letters and case note are ignored by the health care professional employed by ATOS. I have cases where a consultant and GP's evidence was ignored in the ATOS report that was given to DWP and a five line report said the claimant was fit to work. This was turned around at appeal, as many others have been. Until ATOS and the DWP get their act together many more are going to go through the appeals system. I represent Military veterans who have been treated abominably by the ATOS / DWP assessment system. £68 million has been spent on the appeals process with nearly 40% being turned around. The veteran relies on the GP for support in this process. It would be better if the GPC told the DWP to sort out ATOS rather than make it even more difficult for veterans who are having a terrible time of it. Thanks for reading this. Tony Clatworthy The Veterans Party

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24 Jul 2013

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