HEALTH 3

ATOS: MASS MURDERERS BY ANOTHER NAME
atos murders The same evil tory bastards have spent billions to prop up the Olympics and super fit athletes with vast amounts of Lottery money yet are hammering some of the most seriously ill.

ATOS = Assassination Terrorists Operation Suicide

Mass murder is becoming the norm in the United Kingdom reminiscent of the concentration camps instigated by Hitler, the Nazi party and his Gestapo henchmen. ATOS, a French company brought in by both UK major political parties, are being used heavily by the murderous Tory party to rid the UK of, in their eyes, the useless eaters or anyone who shows any sign of weakness or disability.

Men are well aware of the evil bastards who are running the UK for their own enrichment as the judicial mafia, acting for a wicked crown, have been psychologically murdering separated fathers during vile divorce machinations. So it should come as no surprise they have started on some of the most disturbed and weakest groups who have relied on the pittance of hand outs to LIVE on after years of slaving for the system until they have become to ill to work. The latest stats, obtained through FOI requests, are that 32 victims a week are DYING after being refused support thanks to ATOS henchmen using the most sinister means to measure a disabled person abilities and where those who are seriously mentally ill are being psychologically abused along with those with major health problems who are dying of heart attacks and major trauma after they have been forced through the ATOS wringer of persecution that is killing victims with impunity through stealthy use of torture.

UK citizens should be aware unless they rise up against this monster they themselves may one day find themselves in a similar position as this tyranny is only going to get much worse when the public turn a blind eye to the most evil extremes of human nature that the thugs and bully boys in the Conservative party have an abundance of.

  • FULL ARTICLE HERE
  • UK 32 PEOPLE DIE EVERY WEEK AFTER BEING TOLD BY DWP/ATOS THEY'RE 'FIT TO WORK'(VIDEO)
  • UK TORY SCUM AND THEIR FATALLY FLAWED BENEFIT ASSESSMENT SYSTEM(VIDEO)
  • UK TORY SCUM USE VILE DODGY PRACTICES TO STOP BENEFITS FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL (VIDEO)
  • UK BASTARD ATOS CAUGHT IN SECRET FILMING UNDERMINING THE SERIOUSLY ILL
  • UK ATOS refusing to record health assessments for disability benefits
  • UK ONLY Panorama - Disabled or Faking It? (BBC's version)(VIDEO)
  • UK Evil tory scumbag and Cameron's 'henchman to the poor' Grayling 'tried to censor' video aimed at helping disability claimants to appeal
  • UK This Welfare Reform Death Scandal Has To Stop
  • UK Tories target disabled as Employment Minister Grayling accused of CENSORSHIP over HM Courts help video for disability claims appeals
  • UK Hundreds of Scots DEAD as FOI reveals thousands die in UK as a result of Tory-Libdem benefits ‘tests’ by ATOS Healthcare
  • UK Expert in charge of controversial ‘back to work’ tests quits after warning the system needs to ‘fair and humane’
  • UK Reviewer of fitness-to-work benefit tests to stand down
  • UK Million jobless may face six months' unpaid work or have benefits stopped
  • UK Firm established by two Tory donors made millions from 'work'(slave) schemes
  • New Labour and the end of welfare
  • Benefits assessment firm causing 'fear and loathing' among claimants, says MP
  • Tory government (thanks to far right wing extremist Carol Black) want doctors removed from medical assessments (sounds like the Nazi's when will the gas ovens be moving in?)
  • Deaths following Atos rulings of "fit for work"
  • Work Capability Assessment motion (VIDEO)
  • Survivors Resistance Network demands an end to Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
  • House of Lords motion to annul Work Capability Assessment regulations, 16 March 2011
  • 32 die a week after failing test for new incapacity benefit
  • DWP AND ATOS THE SUICIDE TRIGGERERS
  • A Tale of two Models: Disabled People vs Unum, Atos, Government and Disability Charities
  • Jobcentre bosses warn of suicide risk among benefit claimants
  • DISABLED HAVE BECOME A PUNCHBAG FOR THE POLITICAL SCUM
  • FOR THOSE WHO ATTACK THE WELFARE SYSTEM WAIT TIL ITS YOUR TURN
  • EX-SOLDIERS AND THE BASTARD ATOS REGIME
  • MAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE BY SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE OUTSIDE DWP JOBCENTRE
  • DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS SAY ATOS IS THE REAL CHEAT
  • 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
  • PETITION TO SACK ATOS HEALTHCARE IMMEDIATELY
  • Response suggests many people wrongly judged fit to work
  • DISABLED MALICIOUSLY TARGETED IN NEW UK BENEFIT SYSTEM LABELLED UNFIT
  • NEW DISABLED BENEFIT SYSTEM 'UNFIT'
  • MASONIC RUN DWP BEHIND THE RUTHLESS ABUSE OF THE DISABLED
  • Seriously ill and disabled people pushed into seeking work without any help or support
  • Flawed benefit system classifies terminally ill man 'fit for work'
  • BENEFITS CRUELTY OF UK CANCER PATIENTS
  • The work capability assessment should help, not hound people back into work
  • ATOS THE VILE HENCHMEN FOR A RUTHLESS TORY GOVERNMENT
  • 8000 people in Edinburgh set to lose incapacity benefits
  • ATOS RIPPING OFF THE DISABLED WHILE FUNDING POLITICAL PARTIES
  • 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
  • Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights
  • Atos Origin Don’t Give a Toss for the Sick
  • Atos case study: Larry Newman dies after failing benefit assessment
  • 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
  • HUMAN COST OF WELFARE REFORM: 'I'M BEING PUNISHED BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH'(VIDEO)
  • THE WORLD'S SILENT EPIDEMIC VIDEO
    TORY SCUM AND THEIR FATALLY FLAWED BENEFIT ASSESSMENT SYSTEM VIDEO


  • UK TORY SCUM USE VILE DODGY PRACTICES TO STOP BENEFITS FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL (VIDEO)
  • UK ONLY Panorama - Disabled or Faking It? (BBC's version)(VIDEO)
  • UK Evil tory scumbag and Cameron's 'henchman to the poor' Grayling 'tried to censor' video aimed at helping disability claimants to appeal
  • 32 PEOPLE DIE EVERY WEEK AFTER BEING TOLD BY DWP/ATOS THEY'RE 'FIT TO WORK' VIDEO


    THE VILE SCUM AND FILTH WHO ARE THE MURDERING HENCHMEN FOR AN EVIL TORY GOVERNMENT
    BASTARD ATOS CAUGHT IN SECRET FILMING UNDERMINING THE SERIOUSLY ILL
    atos Secret filming of training given to doctors recruited by the private company Atos to assess whether sickness and disability benefit applicants are fit for work suggests that staff are monitored to ensure they do not find excessive numbers of claimants eligible.

    The footage will trigger a new debate over whether there are fixed targets for the number of people who should be granted the new incapacity benefit – the employment and support allowance – something the government and Atos, the company hired by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to conduct the fitness for work tests, have consistently denied.

    The film also demonstrates the unease about the radically heightened eligibility criteria felt by some trainers employed by Atos to teach new recruits how to carry out the tests. It is now harder for some very severely disabled claimants to qualify for support. No matter how serious claimants problems are with their arms, for example, "as long as you've got one finger, and you can press a button," they would be found fit for work, a trainer explains. Dr Steve Bick, a GP with 20 years' experience, applied for a job as an assessor with Atos to carry out the work capability assessment (WCA), and secretly filmed his training for Channel 4's Dispatches programme, which will be broadcast on Monday 30 July at 8pm. Undercover filming shows Bick being told by his trainer that he will be watched carefully over the number of applicants he found eligible for the highest rate of disability payments.

    The trainer tells trainee assessors: "If it's more than I think 12% or 13%, you will be fed back 'your rate is too high.'" When Bick questioned how the company could know in advance the precise proportion of people who needed to be put in this category, the trainer replied: "How do we know? I don't know who set the criteria but that's what we are being told." Bick asked: "So if we put 20% in, we would get picked up on?". He was told by the trainer that, in that scenario, his cases would be reviewed. The DWP said it was unable to respond in detail to the programme's findings because it had not been shown a full transcript, but a spokeswoman said it was "nonsense" to suggest there were targets or expected results of any sort. She said assessors' results were monitored to make sure they adhered to an average, adding: "If individual Atos healthcare professionals record results considerably outside the average, their work may be audited to ensure quality. If no issues are found with the quality of work, no action is taken."

    In the footage, one of the trainers admits during a session that the auditing process makes her feel uncomfortable. "It's terrible sometimes, people having [problems with] both hips and both knees, but good hands. Terrible. And you know, we talk about modern work adaptations, but we know how it looks from the other side – there's no jobs for normal people, healthy people. But we have to think this way and sometimes you feel awful because you can't do anything for people. You can't feel sorry and give them the money just because you feel sorry for them ... you will go on targeted audit," she says. During the assessment, Atos health professionals, who can be doctors, nurses or physiotherapists, have to award claimants points reflecting the apparent severity of their condition, with information gathered through a computer-led set of questions. The data is typed into a computer program during the 20-minute session, and patients who score 15 points are likely to be found eligible for support, although the final decision is taken by jobcentre staff. Patients who score below 15 points are not likely to qualify for benefits.

    In the film, the trainer highlights to new trainees the way that the new system has been altered so it offers less support to certain categories of claimants. "For employment support allowance, we talk about mobilising, which means being able to transfer from point A to point B either by walking, walking with aids, which is crutches, walking sticks, Zimmer frame or using a manual wheelchair. So if someone has no legs but they have good hands, they can sit and propel a manual wheelchair, they don't score anything. This is one of the toughest changes," she says. "I've recently had somebody with prostate cancer, but of course that's not traditionally treated with chemotherapy so I gave him no points. And I couldn't do anything else…. Same with breast cancer: the hormonal treatments don't count. So he was given no points, I felt very uncomfortable doing it and I didn't like doing it, but I had no way of scoring him." Large numbers of people found ineligible for the benefit are appealing against the decision to find them fit for work; about 41% of those refused support go to tribunal and 30% are subsequently granted the benefit. There have been more than 600,000 appeals since the WCA started, costing about £60m a year.

    The film also reveals Atos's lack of accountability for these appeals. The trainer explains: "Good thing for us is, even if you made the wrong decision … you never go to the tribunal. So, sort of, you won't be blamed." An Atos Healthcare spokesperson said: "It is simply and absolutely untrue that there are targets for the number of people to be assessed as fit-to-work; neither set by the Department for Work and Pensions nor Atos Healthcare. Every person we see is assessed individually with a focus on the facts of their own case." On Thursday, the high court granted permission to two disabled people to bring a claim for judicial review against the work and pensions secretary to challenge the operation of the WCA, on the grounds that it potentially discriminates against claimants with mental health problems.

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  • ATOS REFUSING TO RECORD HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS
    Fitness-for-work tests hit by technical chaos

    Private firm Atos found to have just 11 audio machines to record up to 11,000 tests for benefit eligibility each week Employment minister Chris Grayling has been asked to provide an explanation for mounting chaos surrounding the fitness-for-work assessment, amid complaints over the transparency of the process. New unhappiness with the system, run by the private firm Atos, has emerged over individuals' requests to record their assessment as a way of ensuring that their details are correctly registered.

    Claimants were given the right to request a recording last year. But the Department for Work and Pensions only bought 11 recording machines – shared between 123 assessment centres – which test 11,000 people every week. Several are currently broken. A number of reports by charities have highlighted inaccuracies in the testing process, which determines eligibility for the new incapacity benefit and Employment and Support Allowance. Many claimants are anxious to record their assessments to make sure the account of their health problems is correctly reflected. Large numbers of cases are currently going to tribunal because applicants believe they have been wrongly refused benefits; around 40% of cases are overturned in the claimant's favour at tribunal. Despite a government promise that everyone is entitled to record their assessment, many people have been told there are no machines available, because they are being repaired, and that they must go ahead with the test anyway. Individuals have been told they are not able to record assessments with their own devices "in view of security and confidentiality considerations".

    In a statement on its website, Atos says: "We will make every effort to accommodate requests for this service and hope that we will be able to meet demand. However, under the terms of our contract with the department, we cannot postpone an assessment on the basis of audio-recording." Atos's refusal to postpone tests is at odds with a statement made by Grayling in a response to a written question on the subject posted by the Labour MP Frank Field, this week when he promised: "Clients will be told in advance that their request cannot be accommodated and offered a later date." He added that: "Large scale purchase of machines in the absence of an evaluation of the process is not effective use of public money."

    The shadow employment minister, Stephen Timms, who has written to Grayling to highlight his concerns about the lack of recording equipment, said: "I find it hard to believe that a company with a multimillion pound government contract is incapable of obtaining and operating sufficient recording devices." A DWP spokeswoman said several machines had broken in transit and there had initially been a very small number of requests for recordings, which was why only 11 machines were bought. "It is simply not true that the recording machines are all broken, in fact we are in the process of buying more and fixing the few that have encountered problems."

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  • EX-SOLDIERS AND THE BASTARD ATOS REGIME
    A warning for any young man and his parents , don't join the British military who will treat you like shit before and after they are done using you.

    Advisers at the Aldershot Citizens Advice Bureau are increasingly concerned about the impact of the work capability test (Letters, 3 July) on some of our clients who are ex-soldiers who have been physically and psychologically damaged while serving their country in conflicts stretching back as far as the Falklands war, but more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    A number of our clients have been repeatedly called up for assessments and put on the work capability programme when they are clearly not fit to work. They have had their benefits reinstated on appeal, and then six months later have to appear for a further assessment. This harassment by the DWP has led to increases in self-harm and even suicide attempts by these men whose service in the forces has resulted in their ill-health. It is a disgrace that we do not better support our veterans and that they have been left to the tender mercies of a system that cares nothing for their sacrifice and seems intent on punishing them.

    Jennifer Evans, Aldershot, Hampshire

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  • THE 'SHIT' THAT GOES INTO TO MAKING HOT DOGS VIDEO

    Eat this 'SHIT' only if you want to become a fat bastard
    ABOLISH THE HARMFUL WORK CAPABILITY TEST
    You report on a clearly very unwell man who had been found fit for work following a work capability assessment (Report, 30 June). He then attempted self-immolation, and our thoughts go out to him and his friends and family. The Department for Work and Pensions asserts that its "internal figures do not suggest a rise in such incidents in recent months". But there is no official reporting mechanism from either primary or secondary care, social work or the third sector for such events.

    Michael Marmot, a world expert in public health epidemiology, last week stated that we are in "a public health emergency ... if you look across Europe at unemployment rates, a 1% rise in unemployment in a country is associated with a 0.8% rise in suicides". According to the Campaign for a Fair Society, 25% of the cuts are falling disproportionately on 3% of the population, namely sick and/or disabled people in receipt of state support.

    The true figure for self-harm and attempted suicide among benefit claimants may be somewhat higher than the DWP statement would have us believe. Its statement lacks any credibility. The WCA is a harmful process and this is why the BMA has demanded its end with immediate effect. Is it not time that the workforce administering the WCA adopts a similar position?

    Dr Stephen Carty Member and medical adviser, Black Triangle Campaign,
    John McArdle Founding member, Black Triangle Campaign,
    Linda Burnip, Debbie Jolly and Elinor Lisney Co-founders, Disabled People Against Cuts,
    Bill Scott Chief executive, Inclusion Scotland,
    Steven Preece Social Welfare Union,
    Helen Martin Journalist, Maria Rud,
    Ian McDougal Senior psychiatric charge nurse

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  • MAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE BY SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE OUTSIDE DWP JOBCENTRE
    Source says man, who was taken to hospital with burns, recently had terms of benefits changed after being found fit to work

    A man has set himself on fire outside a Birmingham jobcentre after what reports suggest was an argument over benefit payments. The 48-year-old unnamed man is understood to have doused himself in flammable liquid and tied himself to railings after a dispute inside the Jobcentre Plus in the Selly Oak area on Thursday. Police arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire after the jobcentre was evacuated. The man was later taken to hospital with burns to his legs.

    A source with links to staff at the centre told the Guardian the man had been recognised by the staff as vulnerable with outstanding health issues but had recently been found fit to work precipitating a move from one benefit to another. This had caused payment delays. An unnamed witness who spoke to the Birmingham Mail said: "The guy came into the jobcentre with petrol and made threats, so they evacuated the whole building. I think it was something to do with a payment he had not received. "He tied himself to the railings and tore open the bottom of his trousers. You could smell the fumes from the liquid he used, but the police arrived by the time he had set himself alight and they managed to put him out quite quickly.

    "He would have to have been very desperate to have done something like that. It's shocking that somebody could have been driven to those depths." West Midlands police said the man was undergoing a mental health assessment.

    A spokesman for the PCS union, which represents staff at the centre, said: "While we still don't know the full circumstances, it's tragic and very sad that anyone could be driven to such a desperate act." The incident follows an attempted suicide in a Liverpool benefits office earlier this year. Earlier this month the Guardian revealed that senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) managers had sent a note to all staff warning that they take the "utmost care and sensitivity" when dealing with claimants, as a result of "difficult changes which some of our more vulnerable customers may take some time to accept and adjust to".

    The email added: "Very sadly, only last week a customer of DWP attempted suicide" – which it added was "said to be the result of receiving a letter" informing him that his sickness benefit would be cut off. Last year disability campaigners warned ministers that flaws in work capability assessments which determine the level of support and benefits people are entitled to, would lead to some mentally ill people taking their own lives.

    The Guardian understands that internal DWP figures do not suggest a rise in such incidents in recent months. The DWP said that it was now a matter being investigated by the police.

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  • DRUGMAKER GLAXOSMITHKLINE 'GUILTY OF FRAUD' VIDEO


    The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline will pay $3 billion in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history. The company covered up the drug risks and encouraged doctors to prescribe its products for uses they did not have approval for.
    HUMAN COST OF WELFARE REFORM: 'I'M BEING PUNISHED BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH' VIDEO
    DWP AND ATOS THE SUICIDE TRIGGERERS


  • DWP AND ATOS THE SUICIDE TRIGGERERS
  • Jobcentre bosses warn of suicide risk among benefit claimants
  • MAN WITH HORRENDOUS INCURABLE SKIN CONDITION VIDEO
    FOR THOSE WHO ATTACK THE WELFARE SYSTEM WAIT TIL ITS YOUR TURN
    Some media coverage gives the impression that everyone on benefits is a scrounger who doesn't want to work and a drain on "us" honest, hardworking taxpayers. But what is it really like to be wholly dependent upon welfare benefits?

    I was a higher-rate taxpayer and home owner. Following the death of my partner in 2007, I became a single parent and ran my own business. I had no direct contact with the benefits system and, if I'm honest, probably read those same headlines and thought: "Something should be done". Then, in September 2010, I had a brain haemorrhage. This caused a severe stroke that left me cognitively and visually impaired, doubly incontinent and totally paralysed on my left side. The prognosis was that I would need 24/7 care for the rest of my life. I was 50 and my youngest child was aged just 12 years. I spent three months in hospital and, after intensive physiotherapy, I can now walk slowly with a foot splint and a walking stick. I still have a tendency to fall as my balance isn't great. My left arm remains paralysed and I have some subtle cognitive difficulties with memory and attention. I have a carer for 14 hours a week. I have not been able to work since the stroke. Being on the receiving end of the benefits system has been an eye-opener, and the most demeaning and soul-destroying experience of my life.

    A friend kindly completed a benefit application on my behalf while I was in hospital. The day after I was discharged I began the first of many telephone calls to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as I hadn't received the expected benefits. Calls were never answered promptly; I frequently spent 20 minutes on hold. Hour-long calls were the norm. Just making one or two phone calls a day was exhausting and draining. I was politely informed that my benefit had been stopped as my medical certificate had expired. I had not been aware of the need for any medical certificate. The woman on the other end seemed to imply that I knew I should be submitting medical certificates every six weeks. It felt like she thought I was "trying it on". A supervisor agreed to arrange payments on the basis that I had been in hospital, as if she were doing me a huge favour, but explained that I would not receive any more until a medical certificate had been received. It was four days before Christmas. I was in the process of registering with a new GP. Fortunately, the hospital agreed to provide me with a new certificate. I thought that would be the end of the hassle.

    January 2011 began with another call to DWP. I couldn't understand why I would need to keep providing a medical certificate every six weeks when I was paralysed and still receiving hospital physiotherapy. I applied for free school meals for my daughter, but was told I was not on a qualifying benefit. At the end of January, the two-weekly ESA benefit was not paid and I was left with no money again. More phone calls. I then received an appointment to attend my Atos Healthcare work capability assessment (WCA). I contacted Atos to explain my condition and that I couldn't get to the appointment as I couldn't leave the house on my own. Innocently, I didn't give the matter another thought, until I received a letter accusing me of failing to attend my WCA and informing me that I was deemed fit for work and placed in the work-related activity group. I was outraged, bewildered and confused. I had carers who came to get me out of bed, washed and dressed each morning; I couldn't walk without a foot splint or quad stick. I was at risk of falling, my shoulder was strapped and my left arm remained paralysed. I was an outpatient still receiving physiotherapy, yet I was deemed fit for work.

    DWP advisers came to my home to conduct my back-to-work interview. I would have to attend at least five work support sessions, such as helping me to write a CV, interview practice and one to identify my training needs. The training was limited to NVQ level 2 (pre-stroke, I had begun a PhD). They pointed out that if I didn't attend the sessions or give evidence of my job hunting, my benefits would be reduced or stopped. It suddenly began to feel incredibly scary. Was DWP really expecting me to go to work so soon? I was barely coming to terms with my newly disabled state, I could not look after myself, but I was "fit for work"? My local MP, Chris White, contacted Atos and DWP on my behalf. The local welfare rights team also supported me in submitting an appeal against the work-related decision.

    I was in utter despair, worried sick that my benefits would stop. All I wanted to do was to focus on my physio and recovery. In May 2011, I received notification that my appeal had been successful and I was moved into the support group, which mean I was not expected to look for work. My relief was immense. Eight months after the stroke, I was now able to focus on my recovery. Subsequently, I received compensation from DWP – an ex-gratia payment of £25 and a further sum of £1.92 in respect to the one phone call they could identify I had made to them in connection with my benefit. Unexpectedly, I later received a written apology from Atos Healthcare. But there was no mention of how it would learn from the mistakes it made in my case to improve future services. One year on, my challenges are now how to live. The benefits are more than an 8O% reduction in my former income. My only outgoings now are utilities, household insurance, mobile phone, internet and TV. After these are paid I have very little left to buy food, or anything else. There is no "spare" money for spontaneity, for treats or for emergencies. There are times when we have very little food in the house. My mortgage was large but affordable. Now the benefits cover only a quarter of the monthly amount. Arrears grow each month. I am at risk of repossession and, given my age, dependency on benefits and the arrears, I would not be able to obtain a new mortgage.

    The welfare benefits system is predicated on the basis that everyone on benefits is feckless, and only capable of low-skilled, low-paid employment. There is much talk about protecting the vulnerable but when you are on the receiving end these sentiments are nothing but hot air. The welfare system does need reform, but this needs to start with a change in attitude at the very top. The reality is that society's most vulnerable are struggling to survive and are treated with little respect by the system. A society can be judged by the way it treats its children, elderly and vulnerable. On this test, the UK fails.

    • A full-length version of this article appears in the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion's spring edition of Working Brief

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  • DISABLED HAVE BECOME A PUNCHBAG FOR THE POLITICAL SCUM
    atos Earlier this month, Labour's work and pensions spokesman Liam Byrne used the second of his Beveridge reports to speak about disability.

    When was the last time you heard a politician discuss disability without resorting to the language of condescension? Of judgment? Possibly even of hate? In the reform of disability living allowance, we are assured by the government that cuts of 20% need to be made so the benefit targets those who "really need it". The subtext is that many do not. Easy lies about "free cars and bungalows" hide horrific details about profoundly disabled people considered able to "bathe" if they can wash above the waist with a flannel, or paraplegics considered "fully mobile" because they use their wheelchairs too well. Assessments for employment and support allowance (previously incapacity benefit), we are told, find the majority of claimants to be feckless scroungers, "trying it on". This nicely avoids mentioning the national scandal of hundreds of thousands of people found "fit for work" who have profound heart failure, those on transplant lists, those receiving chemotherapy. As if this wasn't sinister enough – horrifying even – for sick and disabled people, it was a consensus shared by all three main political parties in the UK. With a slavering, complicit media, eager to whip the inert public into a frenzy of hate, those of us with serious illnesses or impairments were totally abandoned.

    Add social care cuts, a decline in access-to-work schemes and the abolition of the independent living fund, and we faced a future that was not just bleak, but unsustainable. So Byrne's speech was significant. He promised to "talk to disabled people up and down the country". He wanted to make "rights a reality" for sick and disabled people. As a disability campaigner, I care that he broke the political consensus. He talked about us as though we were human beings. He promised to listen. Did he do so out of a profound sense of right and wrong? Almost certainly not. He did it because sick and disabled people have become organised, vocal and credible. He did it because, politically, it started to make sense. But he did it. And perhaps, just perhaps, the darkest days for our most vulnerable turned a corner.

  • FULL ARTICLE HERE
  • 'I could not look after myself, but the benefits system deemed me fit for work'
  • Deaths following Atos rulings of "fit for work"
  • Work Capability Assessment motion (VIDEO)
  • Survivors Resistance Network demands an end to Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
  • House of Lords motion to annul Work Capability Assessment regulations, 16 March 2011
  • Hundreds of Scots DEAD as FOI reveals thousands die in UK as a result of Tory-Libdem benefits ‘tests’ by ATOS Healthcare
  • 32 die a week after failing test for new incapacity benefit
  • Charity chief quits over 'inhumane system' telling severely ill and disabled they are fit to work
  • A Tale of two Models: Disabled People vs Unum, Atos, Government and Disability Charities
  • HOW THE UK'S RULING MAFIA MURDER ACTIVISTS WITH IMPUNITY
    Some of our own members have faced vile treatment inside the UK's psychiatric gulags. George Farquhar was being chemically lobotomized for daring to expose establishment child abuse while Andy McCardle died inside Carstairs for daring to expose drug dealing cops.

    Campaigners are fighting for investigations into the deaths of mental health hospital patients – of which there are on average one a day in England and Wales – to be independent and open to scrutiny.

    The move follows an inquest into the death of Janey Antoniou, a leading mental health campaigner who had influenced many organisations including Mind, the Royal College of Psychiatry and Rethink Mental Illness. Janey, 53, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 30. She campaigned tirelessly, acting as an advocate for those using mental health services and becoming a trainer with services such as the police. She died in 2010 in her room at Northwick Park hospital in Harrow, London. The jury at an inquest earlier this month found that her death was inadvertent "following self-harming by use of ligature". While the jury commended staff for trying to "build sincere and trusting relationships" with her, it was highly critical of other issues, including the hospital's risk management.

    An investigation was conducted by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, the same trust that had responsibility for Janey's care. Its findings have not been made public. Objections made by her husband, Dr Michael Antoniou, over lack of independence were rejected by the trust. This is now the subject of judicial review proceedings. There were 3,628 deaths in mental health detention (501 self-inflicted) between 2000 and 2010, accounting for 61% of all deaths in state custody. The proportion of deaths recorded from "natural causes" is also exceptionally high. Antoniou's judicial review is funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. "Anyone detained against their will in an institution is in a very vulnerable situation," said John Wadham, the commission's general counsel. "An independent investigation would ensure that anyone culpable is identified and dealt with, and lessons are learned that could reduce the chances of other people dying."

    Since 2004, deaths in police custody have been investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), while deaths in prison are investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). In both instances the family is closely involved: a liaison officer is appointed, written updates are provided, and the investigation report and underlying documents are disclosed. In his judicial review statement, Dr Antoniou says the trust did not keep him informed, interview him or his family, or ask for any input from him. He was told the trust would not be disclosing documents, nor did it offer any support or advice. The experience left him "dazed" and "distressed". Paul Bowen QC, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers who appeared for Antoniou at Janey's inquest and has acted for a number of families in similar circumstances, said: "It is plainly not possible for a trust to be, and to be seen to be, 'independent' in investigating a death which may have been caused or contributed to by failures of its own staff or systems."

    An article 2 investigation must be initiated by the state, independent, effective, open to public scrutiny, reasonably prompt and involve the family. Deborah Coles, co-director of the charity INQUEST, said: "This is a blatant injustice. Too many deaths of very vulnerable people are not being properly investigated by a number of trusts. They are not being held to account. More rigorous robust and transparent investigations play a critical role in learning lessons to safeguard the lives of others." A Department of Health spokesman said: "The coroner's inquest is the place where an independent assessment is made of the circumstances of the death of an inpatient."

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    MOBILE PHONES HARMLESS TO HUMANS???????
    From our own comms experts the following should be heeded

    1. Mobiles in terms of emergency and ease of contacting family and friends have no doubt MAJOR advantages

    2. To offset ANY risk using mobiles there are two ways to avoid close quarter radiation and that is to either use it in amplifier mode away from the ear and brain. Also using a blue tooth will dramatically reduce any risk of long term radiation exposure. Blue tooth signals are tiny compared with the radiation generated by mobiles having to contact radio bases many miles away.

    3. We have personal experience of losing a comms engineer to a brain tumour and his PERSONAL view is that the tumour was directly over the area the aerial was transmitting particularly on the older larger models that looked like a brick.

    4. Children are particularly at risk from any sorts of radiation close to their vital organs. Children should have limited, if any at all access to mobiles. Although again in an emergency it may be a means to contact a child in an emergency.

    5. All of the above can be taken with a pinch of salt however these come from experts in the field of mobile communications with many many years of using such equipment and with a higher risk due to use stretching back over a far longer period than the present generation of users.


    A coven of commercially-funded anoraks and beardies from the University of East Anglia’s Department for Advanced Guesswork – all possessed with more degrees than a thermometer – yesterday released their ‘risk assessment’ report that mobile phones have no negative effects on biological organisms (us) and are hence ordained safe for human use. Hmmm, not exactly a trustworthy source of appraisal considering the felonious manipulation of global warming data (zero Arctic ice / drowning polar bears / glacial depletion / penguins dying of heat exhaustion) by their senior academics, concocted to promote the carbon credit cap n trade exchange scam a couple of short years ago. So this disingenuous “cell phones pose no danger” announcement joins the notorious global index of major lies: “The cheque’s in the post” – “One size fits all!” and “Promise I won’t come in your mouth”. Pose no danger, eh – so why add a ‘caution before cure’ proviso that growing toddlers, juveniles and adolescents should avoid protracted use of said phones?

    While the UK's Health Protection Agency signs off on these most questionable findings, a canny general public should be aware that powerful economic vested interests have been at work in the shadows, alike the Kurumaku puppeteers behind the black curtain, to ensure their radio frequency emitting (electro-radiation) devices are perceived as safe – until large festering cancerous tumours start growing out of users ears – or they wake up one morning feeling rather woozy and notice a large puddle of grey matter ‘brain juice’ soaking into the pillow. To wit, this disingenuous report that there is currently ‘no scientific evidence’ that cell phones are harmful to human health does not equate with any form of guarantee or assurance that they are actually ‘safe’. Anyone old enough to recall, the same line was touted by past governments of the day, plus the scientific community and doctors, regarding asbestos, DDT pesticide (Drop Dead Twice), fall-out radiation from nuclear tests, mercury tooth fillings, cigarette smoking, X-rays on pregnant women – and eating beef from Mad Cows.

    Much as is touted today for the safety of – or lack of danger from - cell phones, methane gas ‘fracking’ poisoning ground water, depleted uranium munitions, smart meters, airport full body scanners, electric power transmission lines, chemtrails, GM crops and foods, hormone-boosted dairy and meat products, fluoride in drinking water and toothpaste – and the notorious neuro-toxic synthetic sweetener ‘aspartame’ – all of which, collectively or independently, have the potential to adversely affect the well-being of the human bio-electric organism and mutating our DNA. Mobile phone use harmless to humans – we think not. Just the same as the Japanese politicians are preaching to their brain dead compliant population of salary men regarding the toxic radiation spewing out of Japan’s purposely sabotaged Fuckupshima nuclear power plant – it’s totally harmless. That’s why they have a 20 kilometre exclusion zone – cos it poses no danger. Hey, no problems, if it rains or snows put up your umbrella – preferably a lead-lined one – and don’t breathe too deeply – and after eating the local fish or other sea food if you experience sudden hair loss, fingernails falling out, or bleeding from the ears, eyes, nostrils or gums - or other bodily orifices - then simply stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye – cos regardless of how many iodine tablets you chuck down, you are fucked – with a large capital F.

    There are now an excess of 85 zillion mobile phones active in the UK, and because of the cell phone masts, TV and digital radio broadcasting, Wi-Fi, and other dodgy high-tech gadget developments – including vitamin-killing microwave ovens - the study admits that exposure to radio frequency fields and the associated electro-magnetic radiation smog is universal and continuous – which is possibly the cause of the drastic decline in the global bee populations and teenagers walking around like zombies. Prof Wormhole Jaffacake, who chaired the UEA review group, informed one press hack from the Charlatans Gazette that regardless of their findings of there being no evidence mobile phones harm human health, it was important to continue monitoring research. “Really, there are no conclusive links to cerebral tumours or other types of cancer, nor impaired body functions or infertility or cardiovascular health. However, to be perfectly honest here, and I say this on conditions of confidence and anonymity, monitoring should continue due the fact we know next to fuck all about long-term effects – especially regarding brain tumours and the possible association with Bolshie behavioural problems in children.”

    Anyone interested in a novel method of boiling an egg? Take two cell phones – have one dial the other and keep the channels open. Place a free range chicken egg on the kitchen worktop and position the cell phones one on each side of the egg. Now wait seven minutes for soft-boiled, nine minutes for hard boiled. (Note – this will not work for toast soldiers).

    So there’s the evidence. Harmless to human health, my arse.

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  • DISABLED BOY 'TORTURED' WITH ELECTRIC SHOCKS IN TREATMENT CENTRE VIDEO


    18-year-old Andre McCollins was shocked 31 times by the staff at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts, and video footage showing his experience has been released to the public for the first time. McCollins' mother has brought a lawsuit against the Rotenberg Center for what she calls "torture" and "abuse." The Judge Rotenberg Center is a private school for children with physical and social disabilities. McCollins was a student at the time and had been asked to remove his jacket by staff from the Center. When he did not respond, he was subdued by several staff, and then strapped to a table.

    What followed was agonizing for people in the courtroom to watch. Counselors at the Center administered 31 shocks over the next several hours, as McCollins screamed for help. Throughout the trial, the Center asked that the video footage of the incident not be released to the public, but yesterday the judge overseeing the trial ruled against them, and Fox News released the video. "I never signed up for him to be tortured, terrorized, and abused," McCollins' mother said on the stand yesterday. "I had no idea— no idea— that they tortured the children in the school."

    After the electro-shock, McCollins was left in a catatonic state, a stress-induced coma, according to authorities. "I couldn't turn Andre's head to the left or to the right. He was just staring straight," McCollins' mother said. "I took my hands and went like this (waving her hand in front of his face). He didn't blink."
    MURDERING TORY SCUM AND THEIR MASONIC HENCHMEN AT ATOS
    32 die a week after failing test for new incapacity benefit

    More than a thousand ­sickness benefit claimants died last year after being told to get a job, we can reveal. We've highlighted worries about the controversial medical tests for people claiming Employment Support Allowance which are being used to slash the country's welfare bill.

    The Government has boasted that more than half of new ­claimants are found "fit to work" - failing to mention that over 300,000 have appealed the decision and almost 40% have won. Instead, employment minister Chris Grayling says this ­"emphasises what a complete waste of human lives the current system has been".

    Here's another waste of human life.

    We've used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that, between January and August last year, 1,100 claimants died after they were put in the "work-related activity group". This group - which accounted for 21% of all claimants at the last count - get a lower rate of benefit for one year and are expected to go out and find work. This compares to 5,300 deaths of people who were put in the "support group" - which accounts for 22% of claimants - for the most unwell, who get the full, no-strings benefit of up to £99.85 a week.

    We don't know how many people died after being found "fit to work", the third group, as that information was "not available". But we have also found that 1,600 people died before their assessment had been completed. This should take 13 weeks, while the claimant gets a reduced payment of up to £67.50 a week, but delays have led to claims the system is in "meltdown".

    Mr Grayling admitted last month that 35,000 people are waiting longer than 13 weeks. Commenting on the deaths of ­claimants, a Department for Work and Pensions official said: "It is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then ­subsequently died, meaning that these figures may be ­overestimating the true picture." Of course, they're bound to include some people who died of ­something completely unrelated to their benefit claim.

    But there are plenty of tragic cases - such as that of David Groves (left) who died from a heart attack the night before taking his work ­capability assessment. The 56-year-old, from Staveley, Derbyshire, worked for 40 years as a miner and telecoms engineer but stopped on doctors' orders after an earlier heart attack and a string of strokes. His widow Sandra said: "When Dave was called in for a medical, he felt like he was back to square one. "He was in a terrible state by the day he died. It was the stress that killed him, I'm sure."

    Stephen Hill, 53, of Duckmanton, Derbyshire, died of a heart attack in December, one month after being told he was "fit to work", even though he was waiting for major heart surgery. Citizens Advice told us it has found "a number of cases" of people dying soon after being found fit for work. "There seems to be a clear link between the cause of death and the condition they were suffering from that led to the claim," said Katie Lane, head of welfare policy.

    "We have always supported the idea that people who could work and want to work should be helped to do that. But we are seeing a lot of seriously ill and disabled people being found fit for work. "We have serious concerns about whether the test used to decide if people are fit for work is the right test." The work capability assessments are carried out by private firm Atos, on a £100million a year contract. The firm made a £42million profit in 2010 and paid boss Keith Wilman £800,000, a 22% pay rise on the previous year.

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  • Charity chief quits over 'inhumane system' telling severely ill and disabled they are fit to work
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  • CHARITY CHIEF QUITS WELFARE PANEL OVER DEEPLY FLAWED DISABILITY TESTS
    Tory scum treating the mentally ill as if they are back in medieval times

    The head of a mental health charity has left a government panel implementing changes to the welfare system, describing them as "deeply flawed".

    Chief executive of Mind Paul Farmer says he quit because ministers refused to listen to his criticism of the current fitness-to-work test. But the employment minister said Mr Farmer was asked to leave after Mind began legal action over the tests. They determine if people are eligible for Employment Support Allowance (ESA). ESA became the new benefit on 31 March 2011 for all new claimants who are unable to work due to incapacity or illness. The government is currently reassessing all those seeking to claim it, and says that of the first 141,000 reviewed, 37% are fit to work. Unions, however, say the test is designed purely to move people off benefits, "whatever the cost".

    'Crude'

    Mr Farmer told the BBC the 37% figure was "likely to be overstated" and he had resigned because his concerns, as part of the four-person advisory panel, were not being "appropriately listened to". "The test itself is not fit for purpose. It's extremely crude," he said. Some 50% of people deemed fit to work have appealed the decision and 50% of those have been successful, Mr Farmer said.

    The Work Capability Assessment really is letting people down”
    Paul Farmer Chief executive, Mind

    "So this is costing huge amounts of money to the country, but more importantly it's causing huge amounts of distress to people with mental health problems." Mr Farmer said if the process was "more supportive and less terrifying for people" then his charity "would recognise that a lot of people with mental health problems do want to work". "But we would much prefer that, especially given the current economic situation where there are not many jobs available for people, particularly those people with disabilities, that this process was slowed down, got right, so that people felt it was fair."

    He added: "The Work Capability Assessment really is letting people down... so it's not right for me to be seen to be associated with it." Employment minister Chris Grayling told the BBC he was informed last week "very much out of the blue" - and to his "surprise and disappointment" - that Mind had begun legal proceedings against his department to try to stop the testing process.

    If the legal challenge was successful, he said, it would "bring to a grinding halt" reassessments of existing claims and assessment of new claims. He said this would mean the government would have to give new claimants access to benefits "without conditions". "Now Mind are, of course, entirely entitled to be involved in taking legal action against us," he said. "But it's difficult to see how somebody can be chief executive of an organisation that's doing that and - at the same time - be advising our independent review on this whole process."

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