Who is responsible for checking quality, it appears no one is, only criteria is push through the assessments be they right or wrong. Somewhere there has to be accountability and why do these companies not only continue to be allowed to undertake assessments, but they are continually awarded new contracts.
Sick and disabled people are being turned down for benefits because “inappropriate” people are carrying out health assessments. YOU THINK
That’s according to Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, who told the House of Commons of dozens of letters she has received from worried claimants.
Speaking in parliament yesterday, Ms Creagh said the assessment process was failing people trying to get Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
Private companies Atos and Capita carry out assessment under contracts with the government.
Ms Creagh said: “Forty people in Wakefield have written to me with their concerns that, at their employment and support allowance or PIP assessment, they were not seen by an appropriate person.
“That includes one person with mental health problems, who was assessed by a paramedic.”
The Work and Pensions Select Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into PIP and ESA assessments.
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