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Demonstration in Truro today against ATOS work assessments

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

  • A demonstration against ATOS work assessments at Pydar House in Truro. Picture from Dave Christophers.

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A demonstration will take place in Truro today to protest against the Government policy on assessing people’s fitness for work.

Campaigners protesting against the work capability assessments say the system is unfair and has harmed the health of some people who have been assessed.

Atos Healthcare, an occupational health service provider, holds a number of government contracts and interviews people who want to claim benefits on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Police have closed parts of Pydar Street in advance of the demonstration.

Campaigner Michelle Kent will be taking a wreath to the event as she said people have lost their lives due to the assessments.

She said: "What people have to go through is appalling and extremely humiliating.

"Atos makes millions from the poorest and we are also asking that the work compatibility assessments are carried out by people's own GPs and not a health practitioner that's nowhere near qualified to carry them out."

The demonstration will be held outside the Truro Assessment Centre in Pydar Street at 10am.

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  • ZoeFox  |  February 22 2014, 5:50AM

    Twinscrew- U are very ignorant- Atos was not 'set up by DWP' it is a private company who bid for the contract work from DWP and staff are mandated to find that people are fit to work. Doctors cannot be pressurised to find people fit for work because of the hippocratic oath. In less than a year 10,600 people found fit for work by ATOS died within weeks of an assessment. Atos assesors are barely qualified and their remit is to find people fit- so they routinely twist what a person says during interview and make inferences so that they can reach their targets- It has also been found in court that the test discriminates against mentally unwell people. This is a serious issue as disabled are being victimised as scroungers. 55% of those who appeal are found genuinely to be unable to work. It's not even saving money as the appeals are so costly.Disabled people did not cause the financial crisis- or the cost of living crisis and are actually a tiny part of the welfare budget- it just suits tories to victimise the weak and get everyone on the bandwagon

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 20 2014, 10:53AM

    Lankou, ATOS was set up by the DWP to conduct the tests for disability benefit on their behalf, which was the point of my post, because GPs were not up to it, as is my understanding.

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  • Big_Ger  |  February 19 2014, 7:47PM

    Then raise the scarlet standard high. Within its shade we'll live and die, Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the red flag flying here.

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  • Lankou  |  February 19 2014, 5:02PM

    Twinscrew no-one GP can sign them onto a disability benefit only a Department of Work and Pensions decision maker can do that.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 19 2014, 12:45PM

    Cops love closing roads, it's what they do best. It is my understanding that ATOS do these assessments because GPs were being threatened if they did not sign off the patient for benefits.

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  • Barri  |  February 19 2014, 12:18PM

    Why is the road closed for such a small gathering of people ?

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