Anti-Benefit Cuts Leafleting Glasgow Monday 24th January 3pm-4pm

ATOS Health Care
Corunna House
29 Cadogan Street
Glasgow
G2 7AB

ATOS are a private profit making company who carry out 
medical examinations on behalf of the Department for Work 
and Pensions(DWP).They are currently recruiting more staff 
to help meet Government targets to force more people off 
disability benefitsand Employment and Support Allowance 
(formerly Incapacity Benefit) to reduce the public debt 
problem caused by banks gambling in the financial markets.  
The process is driven by cost cutting not objective 
medical opinion.  The most vulnerable in society are being 
made to pay for the greed of others and the inevitable
fluctuations of capitalism.  There are plans to extend 
these distressing and anxiety inducing tests to those who 
will be entitled to the replacement for Disability Living 
Allowance in a further effort to deter people from 
claiming benefits and reduce costs.

Medical professionals with no experience of mental health
problems, for example, are only given a matter of days
training before making assessments of claimants.  They
are paid substantially more than NHS doctors and nurses
for leaving their ethical concerns at the door.  ATOS
claim that they do not make the decision as to whether
someone can work and have their benefits reduced, but
that the decision is made by the DWP from their report
and that performance targets are based simply on the
number of claimants seen in a day.  However they admit
that if a medical professional passes all claimants for
disability benefits it will not go unnoticed.  

We will be giving out leaflets advising claimants on
how to deal with the medical examination:
http://www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/5
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