Totally agree. My own experince with ATOS was I was summoned before them 10 days after I had knee sugery, knee and leg in cast, 2 crutches, 1 trainer on, and the Consultants order to not bear weight on it for 3 weeks and a return. The man I saw, I refuse to say Dr, was alledged Knee expert. In I came, with letters from post op, consent form and op date for major abdominal surgery going ahead in a 6 weeks time.
He gave me 3 points on the form, said I had a slight limp due to wearing high heels and I was overweight and just lazy and I could go to work no problem. Nothing about the surgery, I was undergoing a major op and suddenly I now was wearing high heels???????
No suprise ATOS said I was fit for work and I appealed. Went to Tribunal and won as the Dr who was sitting with the Judge helped me in to the ATOS building and gave me help getting into the lift and through the doors and picked up my letters when I dropped them. This Dr wasnt working at ATOS was supporting a friend who was to be assessed.
Tribunal overturned the ruling gave me the points I should have and added the Dr was in grievous error and that ATOS should use properly qualified Drs and people should see more than1 if their medical needs are complex. Seems the scathing report of the Tribunal and its recommendatins fell on deaf ears and now ATOS is worse, its a bunch of non medcial people going through the forms and giving points if they are on the their list.
The list for points scoring is flawed, example :
Cancer is on the list but breast cancer is not, so if you write breast cancer you dont get points. Kidney failure and dialysis paitents are another non point scoring. As is brain damage with paralysis and speech disorders as a young man who suffered a horrific accident that left him with the mind of a 5 year old, not able to walk, talk, move, inconitent, and had 24hr nursing attendants. ATOS gave him 0 points and said he could work fully and was capable.
Nobody is getting assessed properly the Gov engineered it like that and the DWP know it and cant do anything about it. Its push push push and lie lie to get people out toa job knowing its temporary, and worse means you cant claim benefit straight away. As for their calculation on wages, they calculate Gross wage only. They do not take off tax and national insurance. Its a con the amount they say you are better off, you arent unless they take off Ni and tax and they wont.