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'Atos Kills' allegation hung from Newton Aycliffe bridge
A BANNER has been hung from a bridge in a County Durham town attacking a healthcare company that assesses whether disabled people on benefits are fit to work.
The sign, which states 'Atos Kills', was attached to the Blue Bridge on St Cuthbert’s Way in Newton Aycliffe earlier this week and has provoked a lively discussion on social networking websites.
Atos Healthcare, which carries out disability assessments on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions, has been fiercely criticised in recent months.
Critics argue the controversial medical assessments cause vulnerable people fear and anxiety.
An Atos Healthcare spokesperson said in response: “While we understand some people may find the Work Capability Assessment process difficult, we must conduct any public debate on the important issue of welfare on the basis of fact and with the safety and security of our staff on the ground and that of the often vulnerable and increasingly anxious people they see in mind.
“We do not make any decisions on whether a person gets benefit or not. We carry out assessments based on Government guidelines and then send a report to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help them to make a decision on benefit entitlement. We are an important but single part of this process.”
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