HEALTH 2

EXPOSING THE MULTI - TRILLION DOLLAR PHARMA SCAMS BY AN INSIDER VIDEO
THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PSYCHIATRY FOR SOCIAL CONTROL VIDEO
TURKISH MAN SEES FACE FOR FIRST TIME AFTER TRANSPLANT VIDEO

The surgeons have a LONG way to go before achieving acceptable face transplants. These are early days for full face reproduction but images of how the man looked previously show they have at least improved substantially from what was there before the operation HERE .
SECRET EXPERIMENTS ON DEADLY MAN-MADE BIRD FLU WILL GET OUT
Details of secret experiments on deadly man-made bird flu that kills over half of the people it infects WILL get out, says bioterrorism watchdog

The most deadly form of bird flu in the lab will inevitably be leaked - potentially into the hands of terrorists - an expert has warned. A furore erupted in December over the decision by the U.S National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to censor details of the virus being made public, which can be transmitted by coughs and sneezes. But now the head of that board claims they will enter the public domain anyway.

Professor Paul Keim has issued a stark warning to governments to begin preparing for an outbreak. ‘We recognise that, in the long term certainly, the information is going to get out, and maybe even in the midterm,’ he told The Independent. ‘But if we can restrict it in the short term and motivate governments to start getting busy in terms of building up the flu-defence infrastructure, then we’ve succeeded at a certain level.’ Chillingly, he added: ‘The infrastructure to stop a pandemic in this area is not there. We just don’t have the capabilities. Even if we spotted it early on, I don’t think we have enough vaccines. The vaccines aren’t good enough, and the drugs are not good enough to stop this emerging and being a pandemic.’ When H5N1 bird flu erupted over seven years ago, out of the 584 people known to have caught it, 335 died. What stopped it from becoming a world-wide killer was its inability to jump from birds to humans easily.

However, a mutation of the virus was made by Ron Fouchier and his team at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam in Holland, which was just as deadly and passed easily between ferrets, the animal that best indicates whether humans will catch it. In December, the NSABB asked the journals Nature and Science to censor publication of the study, and similar research conducted by American scientists, setting off a furious debate in the scientific and public health communities. The move followed a voluntary 60-day suspension of a study into the virus by the researchers themselves, who became worried that their work could lead to a pandemic.

Fears were raised that the engineered viruses may escape from the laboratories - not unlike the frightful scenario in the 1971 science fiction movie The Andromeda Strain - or possibly be used to create a bioterror weapon. In a letter published in Nature and Science, 39 scientists defended the research as crucial to public health efforts. Among the scientists who signed the letter were leaders of the two teams that have spearheaded the research, at Erasmus Medical College in the Netherlands and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as influenza experts at institutions ranging from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the University of Hong Kong.

The letter in full can be read here.

The researchers, however, were critical of the NSABB's decision to partially censor their work.

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  • THE MYTH THE TORIES SPIN TO CUT WELFARE TO THE POOR

    While the vile tory toffs attack the poorest sections of the UK and failing to address the banker bonus's the chart above shows clearly how welfare has in fact reduced since the 70's and 80's but they are determined to punish the poor while ensuring the rich continue to avoid tax and to see salaries go through the roof. Executive pay outstripping their employees never more than in the present climate.

  • The work capability assessment should help, not hound people back into work
  • LONDON CHAOS IN ACTION TAKEN AGAINST FINANCIAL ATTACKS ON DISABLED
    The direct action group UK Uncut has joined disability activists to plan civil disobedience against the welfare reform bill in London this weekend, which they say will bring chaos to the centre of the capital.

    Saturday's action, billed as "hugely daring and disruptive", is a shift for UK Uncut from previous action against alleged corporate tax avoiders, such as occupying stores run by Vodafone and the Arcadia retail group. It is forming alliances with campaigners against specific spending cuts it views as being, in part, the direct consequence of reduced tax receipts. As well as joining with Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) for Saturday', UK Uncut has joined with Fuel Poverty Action, which is planning direct action against energy companies, councils and housing providers, beginning on Friday.

    Saturday's action, labelled "a message from the invisible", remain secret; those taking part areasked to meet at Holborn tube station on Saturday morning to travel en masse to the location. A member of DPAC who asked to be identified only as Andy said a "non-violent campaign of mass civil disobedience" would disrupt central London, reminiscent, he said, of protests by disability activists in the 1990s against government cuts and non-accessible public transport, in which people halted traffic in London's West End by chaining themselves to buses. Such action was necessary, he said, because the goverment was not listening to disabled people over the welfare reform bill and planned cuts to the disability living allowance, which the charity Mencap believes could lead to 500,000 disabled people losing money. "We're seen as an easy target," Andy said. "It began when they got rid of all those quangos, including groups which help disabled people get their views across.

    "Up to now, the voices of disabled people haven't been heard in this debate. That's why we feel we have to create a space for our voices. We want to explain what is happening." Separately, Fuel Poverty Action has joined UK Uncut to plan events from Friday to Monday against government buildings and the offices of energy companies in London, Leeds and Cambridge, with more promised. While UK Uncut has existed for little more than a year, its campaigns have given attention on the tactics used by corporations to minimise their tax bills, and the effect this has on government revenue.

    The group has targeted Vodafone, which denies claims it saved billions in a tax deal with revenue and customs managers. Lst year, the Commons public accounts committee said HM Revenue & Customs had made secretive "sweetheart" deals with Vodafone and others. UK Uncut has also targeted shops run by Sir Philip Green's Arcadia fashion retail empire. Green saved tax in 2005 when a £1.2bn dividend was paid to his wife, Tina, who lives in Monaco, rather than to himself. In March last year, more than 150 UK Uncut supporters occupied part of Fortnum & Mason, in London's Piccadilly in London, a protest whichthat led to a controversial trial in which 10 people were eventually convicted of aggravated trespass. The move towards direct action against cuts is a step for what has become one of the UK's fastest-growing protest groups. UK Uncut is sympathetic to but sepatarate from the Occupy movement, known in the UK for its long-running camp next to St Paul's Cathedral in London.

    Sarah Evans of UK Uncut said the group believed that measures such as the welfare reform bill were unnecessary and unwanted: "Instead of taking serious action against rich companies' tax-dodging and their fancy corporate lawyers, David Cameron is instead choosing to make the poorest and most isolated pay for the economic crisis they didn't cause. "The tax dodged by Vodafone alone is four times as much as the government hopes to save through this devastating bill. "

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  • DECLASSIFIED: HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION VIDEO
    21 YEAR OLD MAN WAKES FROM COMA BEFORE DOCTORS TAKE HIS ORGANS VIDEO
    OVERPOPULATION: THE MAKING OF A MYTH VIDEO


    THIS IS THE ULTRA RICH AND THEIR MEDIA FRIENDS USING POPULATION
    GROWTH TO ACT AS A FACADE TO HIDE THEIR GREED
    ATOS THE VILE HENCHMEN FOR A RUTHLESS TORY GOVERNMENT
    Benefit-slashing bunglers hound man suffering from Parkinson's disease

    A PRIVATE firm hired to slash benefits have been slammed for declaring a Parkinson's sufferer fit to work. French-owned Atos Healthcare are being paid £100million a year by the Tories to reassess people claiming disability and sickness benefit. But thousands of bungled rulings by the firm are costing taxpayers £50million.

    Now the firm have been accused of wasting public cash by "hounding" a Parkinson's sufferer. Tom Greatrex, Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP, revealed how one constituent had his benefits cut after being declared fit to work despite having the disease. The unnamed man won an appeal but was forced to undergo another examination. He won his second appeal but, six months later, he has been ordered by the Department for Work and Pensions to face yet another assessment. Greatrex said: "My constituent's case sums up everything that is wrong with Atos.

    "To hound a person suffering from Parkinson's is a shameful waste of taxpayers time and money. My constituent isn't fit to work. Parkinson's is an incurable progressive disease, so his condition won't improve. "This has twice been the view of the Tory-led Government's own appeals panel. If everybody else can see this, why can't Atos?" A DWP spokeswoman said: "Decisions are not made on the condition. There are many people with Parkinson's who do work."

    An Atos spokesman said: "We approach assessments on a caseby-case basis, as each customer's circumstance is unique."

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  • 8000 people in Edinburgh set to lose incapacity benefits
  • ATOS RIPPING OFF THE DISABLED WHILE FUNDING POLITICAL PARTIES
    ATOS IF THERE IS ONE ISSUE THAT UNITES THE UK'S POLITICAL LEFT AND RIGHT IT IS THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE DISABLED . BOTH LABOUR AND THE TORIES BRING IN A PRIVATE FIRM (ROTHSCHILD CONTROLLED) WHO ARE FUNDING THEM. THEY THEN USE COMPUTER PROGRAMS, NOT DOCTORS, TO REMOVE THOSE ENTITLED TO MEDICAL BENEFITS.

    THAT IS AFTER YEARS OF BEING FLEECED UNDER THE GUISE OF SOME SORT OF SAFETY BLANKET THAT IS BEING TORN DOWN BY THE POLITICAL CLASSES.


    Atos Origin and the New Statesman

    Disability denying bastards Atos Origin have long had a cosy relationship with the Labour Party who first gave them a contract worth hundreds of millions to strip health related benefits from sick and disabled people. As recently as this year David Milliband was seen cheering on Atos whilst later giving a speech accusing benefit claimants of ‘ripping off society’. It seems however that David Milliband (pictured above at their Scotland HQ earlier in the year) is not the only member of the fake left establishment to enjoy the company (and in this case money) from the newly rebranded Atos.

    The New Statesman have given coverage to the nationwide protests against Atos Origin and their crude methods which have left thousands of sick and disabled people in poverty and led to many suicides. Unfortunately they’ve also been only to happy to take money in the form of event sponsorship from the French owned IT giant. If you back both sides you can’t lose. Atos Origin have sponsored New Statesman’s Round Table discussions, New Statesman events at the Labour Party Conference and until at least 2007 the New Statesman New Media Awards.

    The most recent New Statesman event sponsored by Atos mentioned on their website was in 2009, a round table discussion on defence (PDF). It is therefore entirely possible that the New Statesman have ended their business relationship with Atos. New Statesman fringe events at this year’s Labour Party conference have not yet been announced, so perhaps Atos have been given the cold shoulder there as well. Here’s hoping. The problem is that over a week ago the New Statesman were emailed with the questions: Will Atos be sponsoring any New Statesman events at this year’s Labour party conference?

    Have Atos sponsored any recent New Statesman events, round table discussions or awards, or are they scheduled to sponsor any? Will New Statesman consider sponsorship from Atos for events in the future?

    And they haven’t answered. Now we know life must be busy in the fast paced world of fake fabian socialism, but we’d like some answers please. The New Statesman can be contacted at: PressOffice@newstatesman.co.uk or info@newstatesman.co.uk – you can even give them a ring on (0)20 7936 6400 – perhaps if enough people get in touch they may deign to provide us with an answer.

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  • Atos Origin vs the internet – stop Atos censoring the web!
  • The Great Atos Rebrand – Update
  • ATOS ACTING AS AN ONLINE BULLYBOY CENSOR
  • ATOS DOCTORS FACE BEING STRUCK OFF BY GMC
  • ATOS FORCING DISABILITY WEBSITES OFFLINE (VIDEO)
  • THE CULTURE OF HATRED FOR THE DISABLED COMES FROM THE TOP
  • Benefits assessment firm causing 'fear and loathing' among claimants, says MP
  • Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights (VIDEO)
  • Atos Origin Don’t Give a Toss for the Sick
  • Atos case study: Larry Newman dies after failing benefit assessment
  • ATOS REGISTER OF SHAME
  • Atos Board of Directors (A French company with Rothschild connections)
  • A SICK JOKE AS TORIES GIVE PRIVATE FIRM £100M TO AXE BENEFITS
  • Scottish protesters blockade Atos
  • London – Hardest Hit March, Lobby and Protest, Wed 11 May
  • NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST ATOS STARTS MONDAY 9 MAY 2011
  • TORY TOFFS RUTHLESS BENEFIT MEDICAL SCANDAL AS TWO DIE BEFORE APPEALS
  • DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS SAY ATOS IS THE REAL CHEAT
  • THE CULTURE OF HATRED FOR THE DISABLED COMES FROM THE TOP
    There is little doubt that disability hate crime is on the rise. A recent Equality and Human Rights Commission report concluded that "people with disabilities in the UK face harassment, insult and attack almost as a matter of routine, while a collective denial' among police, government and other public bodies means little is done to challenge the situation".

    This is strong language. It seems so shocking that we might decide that it cannot possibly be true. Turn then to the Mencap study that found police were consistently failing the victims of disability hate crime, or to the Scope report that concluded that "widespread casual and institutional disablism in Britain creates the conditions where disability hate crime can flourish without being recognised or challenged". According to a ComRes, some 47% of disabled people surveyed said that attitudes towards them have worsened over the past year while 66% claimed that they had experienced "aggression, hostility or name-calling". Taken to its extreme, this bullying leads to the tragic deaths of people such as Fiona Pilkington and Francecca Hardwick, Gemma Hayter and Keith Philpott.

    But while the causes of hate crime are hard to fathom, we should look first to the attitudes of those who govern and inform us. A recent select committee report criticised both the press and the department of work and pensions over the way in which the media covers statistics on sickness benefits. Articles referring to "the shirking classes", "scroungers" and "skivers" led the chair of the committee, Dame Anne Begg, to write to the DWP urging staff to be careful how they present statistics. This is not just a problem in the UK, or even a recent problem caused by any one political party, but one faced by disabled people in France, Italy, Australia and elsewhere, as governments attempt to reduce the number of people claiming benefits by taking a "tough line". Is it any surprise that our neighbours feel less supportive if they are asked on a monthly basis to believe that most disabled people are simply "lazy", "fraudulent", "feckless" and "workshy"?

    When the employment and support allowance was introduced in 2008 to replace incapacity benefit, horrifying stories soon appeared of those with terminal cancer found fit for work, claimants dropping dead days after being assessed as fit, and up to 70% of decisions being overturned on appeal. At their annual conference , Liberal Democrats will be debating ESA and the work capability assessments used to determine eligibility. Delegates will hear how the assessments have been found "unfit for purpose", how they don't fairly assess those with fluctuating conditions, mental illness or learning disabilities. They will hear how just 7% of new claims are now offered long-term financial support and how claimants are treated carelessly or with a degree of contempt more suitable to the hate-crime stories mentioned above. Most important, they will hear that no matter how sick or disabled you are, whether your condition has improved or not, after one year you will no longer qualify for any ESA at all.

    If you worked hard and paid into a national insurance system you hoped you would never need, that insurance no longer covers you. If you have a partner who earns £7,500 or more you will lose the right to any independent income at all, unless you are among the 7% who qualify for long-term support. Time-limiting ESA will mean that people in the UK must not dare to get a long-term or chronic illness. If they do, the state will not support them. Perhaps if we assessed claimants fairly and treated them with respect, we would go some way towards reducing ignorance in the wider community. If our media started to report the achievements and successes of sick and disabled people, rather than inciting criticism, we would find disability hate crime started to fall. Liberal Democrats have a chance to be the first party to stand up for the sick and disabled, to listen to their genuine fear and anxiety and to oppose a system that is causing abject poverty and suffering. Britain's 2.5 million sick and disabled people will be hoping that they do.

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  • CHEMTRAILS EXPOSURES VIDEO
    ATOS ACTING AS AN ONLINE BULLYBOY CENSOR
    Users of an online carers forum are devastated after their site is closed following threats of legal action. Emily Butselaar reports on a worrying instance of internet censorship

    A private firm, Atos Healthcare, in receipt of £100m of public money to test whether disability benefit claimants are fit for work has used legal threats to silence online criticism from disability rights campaigners. After threats of legal action, web host myfreeforum.org has pulled the plug on the website CarerWatch, a closed forum. The site’s users have still not been informed of the nature of the complaint. Atos Healthcare, a division of IT services firm Atos, is sub-contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to assess whether sick and disabled people are entitled to disability benefit (now called employment support allowance). The assessments are a key part of the government’s welfare-to-work policy.

    The company has had a difficult summer. The chair of the Work and Pensions select committee, Dame Anne Begg MP, criticised the company in July: “There have been failings in the service Atos Healthcare has provided, which has often fallen short of what claimants can rightly expect.” Earlier this month, an Observer investigation revealed that 12 doctors employed by the French-owned company are being investigated by the General Medical Council.

    Mike Harris of the Libel Reform campaign said:

    “This case demonstrates the inconsistencies in our libel laws. Because Atos Healthcare are out-sourced work by the public sector they are allowed to sue for defamation, whereas a public body performing the same services can’t. It’s unacceptable. The work that Atos are undertaking is paid for by the taxpayer and as such taxpayers, in this case a group of carers, should be able to express a strong opinion on this.”

    He added:

    “Atos did not approach the author of the supposedly defamatory piece, who ultimately bears responsibility for what they wrote. Going direct to the internet hosts to pull the plug on this forum, which provides help and support for many vulnerable people, is a form of extra-judicial silencing. We need the select committee looking at the draft defamation bill to make concrete proposals to stop legal threats against internet hosts bringing down entire websites.”

    Frances Kelly the founder of Carer Watch claims the site has never had a policy on Atos, instead their campaign is directed at government policies that affect people with disabilities. The site had no contact with Atos, who bypassed them to take their complaints directly to the web host. Kelly has now written to Atos Healthcare asking for an explanation. She said: “Many members who are very fragile and the sudden disappearance of a support group has caused a lot of distress and fear. Some are ringing us in tears.”

    In a statement the company said: “While we fully support the right of people to express their opinions, it is our duty to protect the reputation of our employees and company against false and malicious allegations. In such circumstances, we will look to take any necessary steps to ensure that these unsupported claims are addressed swiftly and appropriately.”

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  • Atos case study: Larry Newman dies after failing benefit assessment
  • ATOS REGISTER OF SHAME
  • ATOS DOCTORS FACE BEING STRUCK OFF BY GMC
    Twelve doctors employed by the firm that is paid £100m a year to assess people claiming disability benefit are under investigation by the General Medical Council over allegations of improper conduct. The doctors, who work for Atos Healthcare, a French-owned company recently criticised by MPs for its practices, face being struck off if they are found not to have put the care of patients first.

    The Observer has found that seven of the doctors have been under investigation for more than seven months. The other five were placed under investigation this year following complaints about their conduct. It is understood that the majority of allegations concern the treatment of vulnerable people when the government's controversial "work capability assessments" were carried out, but the GMC refused to comment on individual cases. The development will add to fears over the pace and radical agenda behind the government's welfare-to-work policy, which led to protests in Westminster in May by thousands of disabled people. It will also raise concerns about ministers' commitment to Atos Healthcare, which was recently granted a three-year extension on its contract. The government has repeatedly publicised figures showing that the "vast majority" of claimants for employment support allowance (ESA), which has replaced incapacity benefit, are fit for work. But four out of 10 of those who appealed the decision by Atos - whose parent company is run by a former French finance minister, Thierry Breton - to deny them benefits are successful on appeal, a process that costs the taxpayer £50m a year.

    Last month Atos, whose staff assess around 11,000 benefit claimants a week, was savaged by the cross-party work and pensions select committee after it found that many people had "not received the level of service from Atos which they can reasonably expect". MPs further claimed that a combination of the company's conduct and the test itself had prompted "fear and anxiety among vulnerable people". One GP who attended an Atos recruitment fair told the Observer she feared doctors could become "agents of the state" who were deprofessionalised by involvement in a system that did not make patient care its first concern.

    Campaigners for the disabled seized upon the development, claiming the government needed to go back to the drawing board. Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the charity Scope, said: "If the government wants to get disabled people off benefits and into work then it needs to get its assessment right. The test should be the first step on the road to employment. But disabled people's confidence in the work capability assessment is extremely low – and today's news will send it to rock bottom. "The test is massively flawed. Now it appears that it is being carried out by a large number of doctors who are under serious investigation." Neil Bateman, a solicitor who handles ESA appeals, said on two occasions his clients had been successful because, among other reasons, the doctor assessing them had qualified in Romania and registered with the GMC but had not been licensed to practise in Britain.

    Citizens Advice told the Observer it was compiling a dossier showing the problems being faced by those assessed by Atos staff, who can be nurses or physiotherapists in cases where there are no potential neurological disorders. It said it regularly found inaccuracies in many of the medical reports featured in ESA appeal papers that could affect people's chances of receiving benefits. It also found a lack of consideration for those being assessed. A spokesman said a barrister who was unable to practise because of cancer and lymphoma had described the assessment as being like an "interrogation" led by a computer. The assessor moved the client's legs, which caused her great pain, even though the client had warned that this would happen. In another case a claimant with learning difficulties who went for an assessment was found fit for work because he had found his way to the assessment centre on his own.

    When asked about this by Citizens Advice, he reluctantly explained that he had got up very early, taken the bus to the town centre, and then kept asking passersby for directions. He couldn't follow their instructions, so he would show the letter, walk in the direction they pointed, then ask again until he arrived. Two doctors employed by Atos have already been taken by the GMC to an independent panel for adjudication on their fitness to practise. Dr Alexandros Mallios, who it was claimed had not carried out a proper examination of his patient during an assessment, was cleared by the panel last October. Dr Usen Samuel Ikidde, who qualified in Nigeria, was given a formal warning in January, to lay on his records for five years, after he was found to have worked for Atos while on sick leave from an accident and emergency department. An Atos spokesman said: "Atos Healthcare is committed to providing a high-quality, professional service and requires these standards of all its employees. While we cannot comment on individual cases, any complaint made about an employee is taken extremely seriously. "In addition to our own rigorous internal investigations we will co-operate with any external investigation to ensure all facts are properly established and the appropriate action taken."

    The Labour government introduced work capability assessments in 2008 when it replaced incapacity benefit and income support for new claimants with employment and support allowance. The government has accelerated the changes and started retesting all 1.5 million incapacity benefit claimants to see whether they are eligible for the new benefit. A GMC spokesman said: "We can and do take action to remove or restrict a doctor's right to practise if there have been serious failures to meet our standards."

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  • ATOS FORCE DISABILITY SUPPORT WEBSITE OFF THE INTERNET
    A French-owned IT company awarded a £100m government contract to carry out benefits assessments has been slammed by charities after forcing a thriving support forum for disabled people and their carers to shut down over mysterious libel concerns.

    The forum, which boasts more than 400 registered users and is run by the successful campaign group CarerWatch, was taken offline on Sunday after its hosting company was contacted by lawyers acting for multinational technology firm Atos. In a letter to the contractor, which has an annual turnover of £4.4 billion, the site’s owners described the devastating effects of the decision: “We have many members who are very fragile and the sudden disappearance of a support group has caused a lot of distress and fear. Some are ringing us in tears.” Speaking to Scrapbook, group administrator Rosemary O’Neill said that CarerWatch would have been happy to co-operate with the company if given the chance, saying: “Had they used common courtesy and contacted us direct, we would have removed any possible material they took exception to.” A spokesman for Crossroads Care and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers agreed: “It’s a real shame that carers will no longer have a place to turn to support each other. The dispute could have been resolved by discussing it, rather than by just shutting the site down.”

    The disproportionate move follows actions against other websites After Atos and Atos Register of Shame. The former was forced to close in May after receiving a cease-and-desist letter objecting to the use of phrases such as “Atos Kills”. But the CarerWatch forum covers a range of issues of benign interest to disability campaigners, and it’s owners claim to have no idea what has provoked the company. Charities are on the case — and it won’t be long before MPs follow suit.

  • Benefits assessment firm causing 'fear and loathing' among claimants, says MP
  • Atos Board of Directors (A French company with Rothschild connections)
  • THE VILE TREATMENT OF THE TERMINALLY ILL IN MASONIC RUN BRITAIN
  • A SICK JOKE AS TORIES GIVE PRIVATE FIRM £100M TO AXE BENEFITS
  • Scottish protesters blockade Atos
  • London – Hardest Hit March, Lobby and Protest, Wed 11 May
  • NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST ATOS STARTS MONDAY 9 MAY 2011
  • TORY TOFFS RUTHLESS BENEFIT MEDICAL SCANDAL AS TWO DIE BEFORE APPEALS
  • DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS SAY ATOS IS THE REAL CHEAT
  • SMEARED DISABLED FIGHT BACK AGAINST BIG CORPORATION CORRUPTION
    atos "Big Four" Accounting Firm Deloitte's Offices Occupied, Protesters allege Deloitte and HMRC Chiefs of 'Corrupt' Relationship.

    POLICE were called to remove around over 20 people from the Glasgow offices of one of the U.K.'s "Big Four" accounting firms, Deloitte, at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the company's offices on the 9th floor of a building in the city's central George Square. The protesters included disabled people and one Letisha McGavary, 80, a former Nursing Sister in the N.H.S., and a young school student of 16.

    They said they were there to allege a corrupt 'tax-dodging' relationship between the firm's Chairman David Cruikshank and David Hartnett, Chairman of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and to assert that its existence was "destroying people's lives". The also alleged a cover-up of accusations of alleged corruption between the firm and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Minister Chris Grayling and demanded an immediate investigation. David Churchley, a member of the Scottish-based Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights said "We are here today today to expose what, to us, appears at best a compromised and inappropriately cosy relationship between "The Two David's" - Britain's top tax-dodging guru David Cruikshank and HMRC boss David Hartnett - and at worst a corrupt one."

    "Either way, the outcome for us little disabled people is the same. While these two men cut deals in secret that translate into tens of billions of pounds in tax being "avoided" we disabled are being absolutely hammered and forced to carry the can for the financial crisis. If these big companies would simply pay what they owe there would be no need to cut anything, and disabled people would not be getting spat at in the street - or worse - as being "fakers" and "benefit cheats" who are "swinging the lead" he said. Asked to explain further, Churchley said "On the one one hand, we are being systematically defamed, scapegoated and demonised by a hate campaign in the tabloid media that is instigated, aided and abetted by the DWP's Chris Grayling and which brands us as a burden on society's scarce resources and a drain on "hard working taxpayers" during this time of crisis; and on the other, we're having the benefits we need to survive and to which we are lawfully entitled withdrawn through a completely discredited "Work Capability Assessment" régime administered by French multinational IT firm Atos Origin on behalf of the DWP. In the words of Dr. Dylan Murphy of Marsden reported this week, the assessments are making life a misery for thousands of people who suffer long term health problems. "Basically, if Atos find a pulse they'll pass you off as fit for work. The assessment centre down at Cadogan Street has been nicknamed "Lourdes" because their decisions are so incredible, he said."

    Churchley continued "Our campaign also wishes to highlight that while the Wirral Resource Centre, a charity in Birkenhead that provides physiotherapy and play therapy for around 90 children with special needs and lends toys and equipment to families is whacked with a £16,000 tax bill because of an accounting error made in the early 90s when the centre was run by completely different people, multinationals like Vodafone are having billions of pounds of unpaid tax written off completely in secret deals brokered by these two." Private Eye reported in its latest issue that the charity has been given a year to find the cash, which it reported would have to be raised by eating up the proceeds of dozens of the raffles, sponsored walks and coffee mornings that usually keep the service afloat. Churchley said that "Black Triangle Campaign condemns the ditching of "sound governance arrangements" at HMRC (under which tax investigations should be concluded by people with the requisite technical and legal expertise) in favour of "specific governance arrangements" which involve "signing off by the commissioners without prior reference to the Programme Board"." A "Programme Board" is made up of a panel of HMRC senior officials.

    "This translates to Vodafone style deals being done privately between the two Davids without correct clearance" he said. He continued "These deals, which include letting off Goldman Sachs with a £20 million interest bill, remain immune from public scrutiny ostensibly to protect "taxpayer confidentiality". We have learned that inside sources at HMRC are saying that the notion is being stretched to the breaking point in order to protect the guilty" The insiders are reported by the Eye as having said that under the "specific governance arrangements" Hartnett cannot be criticised for his failure to consult HMRC's own specialists and lawyers over on the merits of the Revenue's case and that, had he bothered to do so, they would almost certainly have advocated a harder line. It transpires that Hartnett himself approved three deals that he himself had negotiated as HMRC commissioner.

    Churchley continued by saying that "According to Richard ????? of Tax Research UK and the Tax Justice Network, the difference in the amount of tax owed to the public purse by these corporations and individuals and the amount that is collected is in the region of £120 billion. Additionally, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, 10 of the 11 richest individuals in our country have an estimated combined net worth of £85 billion pounds and £0.0005 billion is all they pay in fees for the privilege of being classified as "non-domiciled" by HMRC. Deloitte has operations in seven of these offshore tax havens and is instrumental in enabling this racket that means that the poorest and most vulnerable in our society are forced to suffer to go continue." Sean Clerchan of Glasgow's Citizens United Against Public Sector Cuts and Privatisation said that the impact of tax avoidance on individuals and communities in Glasgow was intolerable and must not be permitted to continue a day longer. He said "Citizens United condemns the secrecy and lack of transparency at HMRC and the practices of 'Big Four' accounting firms, such as this one, which mean that the public purse is being defrauded to the tune of £120 billion pounds. This is money that, if it were paid, would be enough to cancel out the need for any cuts to public services, whether we are talking about social care, the disabled, the elderly, schools and universities or the National Health Service".

    "If they would only paid what they owe, we would be able to reverse all these policies attacking our communities. Not a single cut would have to be made. We demand an immediate end to this absolutely disgraceful and immoral situation between Deloitte and HMRC, whereby the poorest and most vulnerable people in society are neglected and left to die in circumstances such as we have seen in the Southern Cross homes scandal because of lack of funding and the privatisation of public services" Clerchan called for an investigation into corruption allegations made by Glasgow MP Jim Robertson in April accusing DWP Minister Chris Grayling of seven breaches of the Ministerial Code of Conduct in awarding the maximum of seven "provider" contracts to Deloitte Ingeus for the Department's "Work Programme" over other local social enterprises. Grayling had received a political donation £27,000 and had had three members of Deloittes staff seconded to his office in the recent past. Clerchan said "No matter where we look today we see inappropriate relationships between the business, power and media élites of our society. We are are all being stitched-up. Until these problems are addressed the future for us all is very bleak indeed. These allegations have simply been swept under the carpet."

    He continued "In other cases we see the appointment "safe pairs of hands" to investigate workings and wrongdoings of public and private organisations, whether that be the people who constitute the House of Commons Select Committees on Taxation or Work and Pensions, who both published lame reports last week that can only be described as traditional 'whitewashes'; or the appointment of Judge Leveson to head up the Judicial Inquiry into the phone hacking scandal, where the relationship between the judge and Elisabeth Murdoch is such that he, like Grayling, should have recused himself from the matters before them." "All these matters, taken cumulatively, signify the death of democracy and the notion of the public accountability of our élites, whether at Westminster, the Civil Service, in this company or anywhere else. We have slept-walked as a society into one, great big stitch-up. Everyone needs to wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late to do anything about it!" he said. The occupation lasted an hour and a half and a senior partner at the firm listened politely to what the protesters had to say before asking them to leave, which they eventually did peacefully at 1.30 p.m.

    Before police arrived the partner refused to comment on their allegations but thanked them for "not smashing the place up" to some mirth from all those present. There was more mirth exchanged between the protesters and the police when one elderly protester told one of the two constables "Don't forget, you're next for the chop, pal!"

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    Atos case study: Larry Newman

    Larry Newman was assessed by an Atos staff member and awarded zero points. To qualify for sickness benefit he needed 15. He died from lung problems soon after Larry Newman attended a work capability assessment in March 2010, when a degenerative lung condition made it impossible for him to go on working in the wood veneer showroom where he had spent much of his career. His weight had dropped from 10 to seven stone, and he had trouble breathing and walking. The Atos staff member who carried out the medical test awarded him zero points. To qualify for employment and support allowance, the new sickness benefit, he needed to score 15 points, and in July he received a letter from jobcentre officials stating that he was not eligible for the benefit (worth around £95 a week) and would be fit to return to work within three months.

    He was devastated by the decision, and dismayed to note a number of inaccuracies in the report that accompanied the letter. He decided to appeal against the decision, but before three months was up he died from his lung problems. His widow, Sylvia Newman, recalls that one of the last things he said to her, as doctors put him on a ventilator, was: "It's a good job I'm fit for work." He was trying to make her laugh, she says, but it was also a reflection of how upset he had been by the conclusion of the medical test. "He was so hurt by it. It made him so upset that they thought he was lying, and he wasn't," she says. "I think it added to him just giving up."

    Mrs Newman has lodged an official complaint, with the help of Citizens Advice staff, highlighting 12 inconsistencies in the report by the Atos assesser. It said her husband had been unaccompanied. "I was with him, although in his medical report they claimed that I was in the waiting room," she says. The report says that Mr Newman's pulse was fine, that he had no scars on his chest and that he managed to climb on to the examination bed without any problem. Mrs Newman says that her husband did not get on to the examination bed, that his pulse was not taken, and that the assesser did not look at his chest, otherwise he would have seen scars. "He never touched Larry, he never took his pulse.There were endless inaccuracies," she added, describing the report as "make-believe". They were both dismayed by the assesser's casual attitude. "At one stage, he took a phone call. We were trying not to listen, but it seemed to be a personal call," she says. "It went on for a few minutes. It wasn't very professional."

    Although they had given written permission for Atos to seek written medical reports from Mr Newman's hospital consultant, who had diagnosed extrinsic allergic alveolitis, the assesser said that he didn't have a copy of his records or the questionnaire that he had filled in when he applied for the benefit. "They could have just got a report from the hospital to see how sick he was. It seemed a pointless exercise," Mrs Newman says, profoundly distressed as she recounts what happened. She is angry at the treatment she and her husband received from Atos staff.

    "They are charging the government a lot of money for these assessments, and I know that other very sick people have been treated as Larry was. I promised him I would pursue it. It wasn't a fortune, and we were struggling to survive. It wasn't anything he wasn't entitled to." An Atos official said: "We are sorry to hear that Mr Newman has died. We cannot comment on individual cases. We do expect the highest standards from our staff. All complaints are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated."

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    Benefits clawback firm promise 'brighter future' but victim speaks out

    A PRIVATE firm hired to slash benefits are promising "a brighter future" to claimants whose payouts are stopped. Atos Healthcare are being paid £100million a year by the Tories to reassess people on disability and sickness benefits and drive them back to work.

    They pay doctors up to £60,000 a year to assess whether claimants are fit to work. In a job advert for doctors, they claim: "You could make the difference that gives someone on incapacity benefit a brighter future." The advert, published on the British Medical Journal website, adds: "It's a vitally important role that aims to change lives for the better." Labour MP Tom Greatrex, who has campaigned on the issue, branded the ad as "insulting". The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP said: "The Tory-led government need to get a grip on Atos as a matter of urgency.

    "This advert is an insult to the thousands of people across the country who have been let down by the shambolic way Atos conduct their assessments. "The idea that Atos are giving people on incapacity benefit a brighter future would be laughable were it not causing so much distress and pain to those who have been unfortunate enough to go through the process of their assessments. "Rather than advertising for more highly paid staff, the Tory-led government should demand Atos sort themselves out, so their assessments are fair and reasonable."

    Last week, the Sunday Mail revealed bungled rulings were costing taxpayers £50million. Around 30,000 people appealed against their decisions, with 40 per cent of them successful, which has cost the government around £50million. But UK employment minister Chris Grayling has admitted no money has been claimed back from the firm for poor medical advice. An Atos spokeswoman said: "We have no comment on the advert."

    Chemo patient's despair at ruling

    Maggie Mackay was assessed by Atos as "fit to work" when she was still recovering from chemotherapy. The 51-year-old, from Glengarnock, Ayrshire, was a furniture restorer before breast cancer stopped her in her tracks. She had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery but was then assessed as being to fit to work by Atos and taken off disability benefit.

    Maggie, who bravely took part in our Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show last year, has launched an appeal. She said: "Two weeks ago I had more surgery as my scar was not healing properly. My side effects include fatigue, not being able to sleep, very sore bones and memory loss. "The young woman didn't seem interested. I can't squat because I have two slipped discs.

    "But she wrote in her report that I could squat. She made out I was perfectly fit and healthy. "Everything you say is twisted to make out that you are fit for work. I now have £8 a day to live on."

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