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MPs To Investigate ATOS, Capita And Maximus

January 20, 2016

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to investigate next month whether the taxpayer is getting value for money from the benefits assessments carried out by Atos, Capita and Maximus. There will be a televised session on 3 February.

The investigation into the cost personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) medicals follows a damning report by the National Audit Office earlier this month which found that whilst the cost of assessments is rising, errors are huge and backlogs remain.

According to the PAC:

“Historically, assessment providers have struggled to meet expected performance levels. During 2013 and 2014 significant claim backlogs developed for both ESA and PIP, and there were concerns over the quality of assessments. The Department and providers agreed recovery plans and the Department transferred responsibility for ESA assessments from Atos Healthcare to a new provider, Maximus UK. Since March 2015, it has adopted a new contract structure and now pays more for assessments.

“This review considers whether the Department’s management of contracted-out health and disability assessments represents value for money. As the contracts covered are at different stages we examine how the Department has changed its approach to setting-up and managing contracts. The Department expects to significantly increase the number of assessments in the short-term and we consider how well the Department can address the associated risks.”

You can read more on the website.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2016 2:49 pm

    they certainly need to be investigated for all deaths that have occurred during their contracts if any and to make sure that they are accountable to the claimant for any help that they may need in any form filling so that the claimant at all times is protected

  2. Jeffery Davies permalink
    January 20, 2016 3:17 pm

    More talking then while the tory great cull carries on not much of a ado for the thousands sent on their way jeff3

  3. January 20, 2016 3:23 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  4. michael griffiths permalink
    January 20, 2016 5:45 pm

    Turned down by atos twice after major heart op and a pacemaker put in with artherritis in lower spine I was told that I was ok for work.

  5. January 20, 2016 7:28 pm

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry.

  6. Martyn Meacham permalink
    January 20, 2016 7:53 pm

    ATOS/Maximus are a heartless con. Those involved with them are the lowest of the low. The cruelty and incompetence of those who make judgements is truly criminal!

  7. January 20, 2016 8:31 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  8. January 20, 2016 9:50 pm

    i for one, don’t see why this government has to contract out these assessments at all when we all already have well qualified general practitioners and consultants who know us and our medical problems well and know how they affect us. only reason i can see is to give weight to the govt’s thinking on getting rid of those who are not perfect in their eyes because they dont have millions of pounds in the bank and dont pander to their aristocratic whims.

  9. January 20, 2016 9:51 pm

    a complete waste of money


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