By Ian Bell -A terminally ill man aged 63 was found dead after ATOS submitted a report to the DWP stating that the 63 year old was fit and able to carry out manual work.
ATOS had made recommendations that his benefits should be stopped in November 2012. Police state that the 63 year old had died of kidney failure and starvation following the assessment.
ATOS state that it was their professional opinion that the man was fit and able to work despite being treated for kidney failure 5 days a week at the Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath West Sussex.
They have also denied any wrong doing or contributing to his death and state that they are only following the DWP rules aimed at getting 1 million people into work.
ATOS state that their system is fair and all rulings are final.
An eye witness stated that the 63 year old was taken to ATOS by his carer.
The carer stated that the assessment had only taken 2 minutes from start to finish before the elderly man was told he was fit for work.
The Government defends their decision to force 1 million people off benefits and into work as part of the clamp down to save money to reduce Government debt.
The real cost of a very heavy-handed approach is seen in this case. The government should weed out the work shy but it is clear that genuine claimants are having their lives ruined or in extreme cases dying.
It is clear that the government should review ATOS and their own legislation to create a fairer system for DWP claimants. Sadly, however, there is no sign of that. This ConDem government doesn't care about ordinary people.
They don't care how many lives they blight and ruin. Whilst bankers continue to get huge bonuses and politicians fiddle their expenses it is ordinary people who are being forced to pay for the bankers' crisis.
How many more British people need to suffer before we decide enough is enough?