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Nov 252012

At DPAC we receive regular emails from people who have lost loved ones and attribute this to the process of the WCA, indeed with recent evidence of 73 deaths and suicides per week we are seeing these emails increasing.  December 3rd is being marked as a day of remembrance for all ATOS victims. Disability activist Samuel Miller from Canada is taking this outrage against human rights as far as he possibly can in an effort to secure justice.

Samuel has made many efforts at the United Nations level on behalf of disabled people in the UK and the constant attacks they face under the Tory regime. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. He is looking for evidence of linked Atos deaths. DPAC supports this and want to help in any way we can –below we repost the blog from Vox Political with permission from Mike from Wales.

Please help if you can by publicising and also subscribe to Vox Political at: http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/ids-off-the-hook-with-icc-so-evidence-needed-of-atos-deaths/

IDS off the hook with ICC – so evidence needed of Atos deaths

Brian McArdle. On the BBC’s Question Time last Thursday, Iain Duncan Smith flew into a rage when Owen Jones challenged him about what happened to Mr McArdle, “57 years old, paralysed down one side, blind in one eye; he couldn’t speak. He died one day after being found ‘fit for work’ by Atos.”

People whose family members have died while going through the DWP/Atos work capability assessment are being urged to contact a disability specialist – who has been seeking international legal action against the austerity-enforced injustice.

Vox Political reported back in September that Samuel Miller had contacted the International Criminal Court in The Hague, intending to file a complaint against Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and Maria Miller, the ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions, considered most responsible for “draconian welfare reforms and the resultant deaths of their society’s most vulnerable”.

Mr Miller got in touch over the weekend, but said that the result had been disappointing: “They stated that the International Criminal Court has a very limited jurisdiction. The Court may only address the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes as defined by Articles 6 to 8 of the Rome Statute.”

The Rome Statute is the document under which the ICC was established. Article 7, which covers crimes against humanity, states: “For the purpose of this Statute, “crime against humanity” means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

“(k) Inhumane acts … intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.”

I thought this – Article 7 (k) – was a perfect description of what the DWP and its ministers are trying to achieve, and Mr Miller agreed. But he said: “Clearly the ICC is striving to discourage the filing of austerity complaints.”

There is a way forward. He added: “On a welcome note, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently acknowledged that austerity measures may violate human rights — which certainly is a step in the right direction.”

He’s right. The chair of the UN committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay said on October 23 that, although member states face tough decisions when dealing with rising public deficits, austerity measures are potentially violations of their legal obligations to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

“All States Parties should avoid at all times taking decisions which lead to the denial or infringement of economic, social and cultural rights,” Pillay said, citing an open letter to States Parties from the committee earlier this year that clarified the committee’s position on austerity measures.

By ratifying the Covenant, member states like the UK have a legally binding obligation to progressively improve, without retrogression, universal access to goods and services such as healthcare, education, housing and social security and to ensure just and favourable conditions of work, without discrimination, in accordance with established international standards. These rights must be achieved by using the maximum of available resources.

Pillay pointed out that austerity measures are also a disincentive to economic growth and thereby hamper progressive realization of economic and social rights.

The committee had pointed out that social insecurity and political instability, as seen in parts of Europe today, were also potential effects of the denial or infringement of economic, social and cultural rights.

The poor, women, children, persons with disabilities, older persons, people with HIV/AIDS, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees were particularly at risk, the committee had noted.

Having identified the possibility, we come to the burden of proof. Mr Miller said: “My best hope lies in procuring coroner’s reports where the cause of death is found to be destitution and/or suicide.”

Inevitably, there is a problem. The UK Coronial system does not involve the collating of such information, nor does it look for national trends. The role of the Coroner is case specific, so wider information is not available. This is because the system of inquests into deaths was never intended to investigate whether those deaths were being caused by insane decisions of the government itself.

The law in relation to death certification may be amended in 2014 to provide for Medical Examiners whose role will be to examine such matters – but that is two years from now, and the DWP/Atos system could pile up another 7,600 bodies in that time (using the generally-accepted average of 73 deaths per week).

Mr Miller has written to the DWP, seeking a change of coroners’ duties to allow proper and robust reporting of trends such as stress-related deaths, suicides and/or destitution deaths of welfare recipients and recipients who perished shortly after being stripped of their benefits can be reported to both the DWP and the Ministry of Justice.

But I think we all know there is little chance of success there. This government is hardly going to hand over the tools by which its own ministers might end up in an international court. They’re insane, but they’re not stupid!

So people are going to have to do it themselves. We know about high-profile cases in which deaths have been blamed on Atos. Information about the others needs to be available now.

This is why I want to appeal for anyone who has lost a loved one because of the DWP/Atos work capability assessment system to get in touch with Mr Miller. He needs to know the verdict that was reached at the inquests into their deaths.

His email address is disabilityinliterature@gmail.com

I would strongly urge that anyone writing to Mr Miller keeps their correspondence to the point. It is to be hoped that he will receive a strong response, but this entails a large amount of work. It is therefore important to make that work as easy as possible, perhaps by putting the deceased’s name, address and the verdict at the top of your email.

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– See more at: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/11/deaths-and-suicides-linked-to-wca-more-evidence-needed-for-justice/#sthash.za0c2VuT.dpuf

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Geoff Meeghan has early-onset Parkinson’s and is unable to walk more than three metres without support

Monday 03 December 2012

A disabled man was trapped in a centre run by Atos, which assesses fitness for work, when the fire alarm went off and staff evacuated the building, leaving him behind in his wheelchair.

Geoff Meeghan, 32, who has early-onset Parkinson’s and is unable to walk more than three metres without support, was being assessed on the second floor of a building in Neasden, north-west London.

Disabled people arriving for appointments are supposed to be asked if they can exit the building without assistance, but Mr Meeghan, pictured, was not. He waited with his support worker Nick Ephgrave, from the charity Parkinson’s UK, and his sister, who acts as one of his carers, before being called in for his assessment. A few minutes in, the alarm sounded and the doctor present said they needed to evacuate.

“The doctor held the door open for us to come out but then ran down the stairs and left us there,” Mr Meeghan said. “We weren’t allowed to use the lift and asked a security guard for help – he said he’d send some but no one came. Eventually another security guard came past and stayed with us, even though he had been told to evacuate.

“Even though I can tackle stairs with help, it was a highly stressful situation and I felt like it was far too risky. I was worried that flames might come up the stairs and that I might fall or something. It wasn’t a drill. We could see the fire engine arriving outside. I feel like there was a general lack of respect for disabled people at Atos – they make you feel as though you’ve done something wrong by being disabled – like you’re being persecuted.”

An Atos spokesperson said: “This should never have happened and we apologise unreservedly. We will be getting in contact with Mr Meeghan directly. We have since reviewed this case internally with the building security and management team to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-man-abandoned-on-the-second-floor-of-building-during-atos-fire-alarm-evacuation-8376322.html

 

This is just after the fire in Germany that killed 14 disabled people because they were too disabled to get out.

Vox Political

If any MP, government representative or stooge tells you the UK is bankrupt, or close to it, ask them why we can afford to pay Thierry Breton £1.9 million to preside over a company running a flawed system that leads to the deaths of 73 of us every week.

Mr Breton is the boss of Atos, the company that has been “reassessing” people who used to be on Incapacity Benefit, in a bid to clear the vast majority of them from the government’s welfare benefit bill within a year of assessment.

Only between 12-13 per cent of those who go through the Atos ‘work capability assessment’ keep their benefits indefinitely, going through to the ‘support group’ of the new Employment and Support Allowance. This means they have conditions which mean they will never be able to work in any way – and, in practice, many are likely to die in…

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Mmmm….interesting!!!DWP

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via Steve Hanaghan

DWP trading under the name job center plus is public limited company with public liability insurance…

ANY company that causes distress, anxiety or hardship by their own rules and EU customer protection can be and should be issued with A NOTICE OF TORT in ENGLAND and a NOTICE OF DELECTI in SCOTLAND…..

then go to your local court office PLC…and fill out an affidavit…

this brings the company, that needs a third party to represent it….from their PRIVATE sector into the PUBLIC sector……..

SUE THEM THEY ARE TERRIFIED OF IT AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO AVOID IT ..COD IT WOULD START AN AVALANCHE OF CLAIMS IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY FCKING WAKE UP

fck solicitors and lawyers…they are all crooks and take an oath to the crown just to be in their lying fcking profession….

layers hav 3 people above you that demands their loyalty…they are crooks and part…

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Prime Minister David Cameron was heckled on Friday evening at a Christmas lights ceremony in Witney by several people angry at the impact of welfare reforms and cuts. The protesters read the names and details of people who had died as a result of these policies, and held placards accusing Cameron of having “blood on his hands”.
Security were pretty quick to jump on us. One woman was violently arrested, while other security guards responded by dragging and shoving protesters and seizing a megaphone.

“It’s sickening that a man responsible for the deaths of so many vulnerable people can play Santa at events like this” said Fran Yarnton. “Meanwhile huge numbers of disabled people are suffering from depression, self-harm and even suicide as a result of having their benefits cut or refused.”

[1] A poll of GPs found that 6% of GPs had patients who had committed (or attempted) suicide as a result of undergoing (or fear of undergoing) the WCA (Work Capability Assessment). 14% of GPs had patients who had self-harmed as a result of the WCA, and 21% of GPs had patients who had considered suicide because of the test:
 http://www.rethink.org/how_we_can_help/news_and_media/national_press_releases/new_gp_survey_shows.html

[2] A few of the most well-known deaths and suicides resulting from welfare reform are documented at:
 http://calumslist.org/

[3] Figures release under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that between January and November 2011, 2200 people died while waiting to be assessed for ESA (Employment Support Allowance), while 1300 people died after being assigned to the WRAG (Work-Related Activity Group), which indicates that the authorities believe they may be able to undertake some work with support. The DWP claims to have no statistics on the number of people who die after being judged “fit for work”.
 http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2012/incap_decd_recips_0712.pdf

[4] Around 424000 people are currently waiting to be assessed:
 http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/11/esa-appeals-increase-by-40-what-the-newspapers-wont-print/

[5] The mental health charity Mind reported “seeing extremely unwell people, who have only recently been discharged from psychiatric services, being found fit for work”. The charity’s branch in Oxford has supported more than 100 people through the appeals process over the past year, 90% of whom have seen the decision that they were fit for work overturned.
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/10/charity-chief-quits-over-fit-for-work-test?CMP=EMCSOCEML657

[6] More than 70 first-hand accounts of the ESA process are included in The People’s Review of the Work Capability Assessment, a comprehensive analysis of this system and the policy objectives which fuel it:
 http://wearespartacus.org.uk/wca-peoples-review/

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My husband and I were watching BBC Parliament when they were discussing people with learning disabilities that live in care homes and the abuse that they were receiving at the hands of the ‘carers’ but that the care homes were monitored, obviously not closely enough (or they knew and turned a blind eye, because people with learning disabilities are unable to make a complaint themselves and even if they do they are not listened to.) Or BBC’s Panorama wouldn’t have had to go undercover at Winterbourne House to reveal the truth.

Then in the next sentence the MP’s said that they wanted these people to go out and work.

These people are obviously not able to live fully independently, then how could they possibly work, and when they are being abused in the ‘care’ homes, what is there to stop them from being abused at work, disabled people are scared…

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Please help DPAC and Mr Samuel Miller, fight for our justice, by reading and replying to his plea on the following link;http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/11/death…d-for-justice/

“I want to appeal for anyone who has lost a loved one because of the DWP/Atos work capability assessment system to get in touch with Mr Miller. He needs to know the verdict that was reached at the inquests into their deaths.
His email address is disabilityinliterature@gmail.com

Many Thanx
FM

I have come across the following debate ( Public Accounts Committee taking evidence on ATOS Medical Services) which was held on Monday 19/11/12 . Please see the following links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/…00/9770606.stm

Or for a transcript; here:

http://www.publications.parliament.u…-i/uc74401.htm

Very interesting viewing/reading!

P.S. Who the heck does Robert Devereaux think he is??? The way that he speaks to Margaret Hodge ‘chair’ is astonishing, I think he has a narcissistic God complex!!!

After having just finished watching the Public Accounts Committee, if the MP’s couldn’t get a straight and honest answer out of Mr Devereux what chance has any disabled person got of taking on this system and their Doctor Bill Gunnyeon.

The government are at fault in the first place by giving the contract to ATOS, aren’t they?

The chair was saying that the appeals were overturned using the same medical facts, as had been used when they were refused benefits regarding their disability.

Robert Devereux ” In about a third of all cases, the judges are saying, from their drop-down menu, that they reached a different conclusion on substantially the same facts. So in one third of all the appeals on which they are reaching a different view, they are saying, “We have reached a different view on the same facts.”

In around 60% of the cases, they are saying that they reached a different view based on oral evidence presented at the hearing. You will recall that these hearings are, regrettably at the moment, a long time after the event, and whether the condition of the person at the appeal is the same as it was at the test is something we do not know. But then, last of all-this comes back to the question you asked me-when the medical assessment relied on by the decision maker from Atos contained a significant error-

Q74 Chair: And that was in what proportion?

Robert Devereux: Less than 1%. I am thinking: here is a piece of evidence-all right, it is only one piece of evidence-and, as I said, this is the primary reason they are adducing-

Q75 Fiona Mactaggart: But you said that 30% came to a different conclusion on the same evidence, which means not necessarily that the evidence they have received is wrong, but that the judgment of the Atos assessor has been wrong.

Robert Devereux: Except that the judgments are made by my staff, on the basis of the Atos assessment. Decisions in this Department are made by decision makers.

Q76 Chair: So your staff are incompetent, are they, in a third of cases? You are taking the blame rather than Atos. Is that it?

Robert Devereux: I am not saying that, but we have to be really clear about this, because this was precisely the reason I asked about who was going to appear. The thing that we are looking at is a process based on law and decision makers in my Department, with the contracted-out tests designed by my doctor. I am really keen to be very precise about what evidence there is about what Atos is doing, what the Department is doing, and what the failings in the process are.”

There is so much more that was discussed at the above posted meeting, you really need to see for yourself!

Our opinion:

That 30% should never have lost their benefits in the first place, and some don’t even fight decisions due to their cognitive impairments and other disabilities or learning difficulties.

All of those who created the WCA should take the blame for the lives that they have wrecked.

It is also mentioned that medical evidence should be handed over at the very start of the process, but I have heard many, many accounts of people taking their medical evidence to their ATOS assessment, and the health care professional (as they call them) put the medical evidence to one side and do not even look at it. These ‘health care professionals’ are undermining and overruling the medical opinions of all of our Consultants, Oncologists, Specialists, Neuro-psychiatrists, G.P.’s and psychiatrists.

Please feel free to copy and paste this or any of my posts to spread the word to other support sites.. 

The ConDem‘s have attacked just about everyone since the banks screwed everyone, and everyone is so busy fighting their own corners that no-one is sticking together and people are becoming more & more divided. This is exactly what the government want as it makes it so easy for them to control the populace. This country is becoming more & more of a dictatorship than has ever been known in British history. Is this what the government have really learnt from going into Iraq and Afghanistan? And we went in dictating to them that they were wrong?

I see other countries sticking together, like Greece, Spain and Portugal. Even having a strike and a protest march on the same day.

What is the point in unions if no-one goes on strike anymore, if striking is or becomes illegal and then job losses are imminent due to strike action then that’s another dictatorship control of the masses.

What happened to the Labour party, aren’t they paid for at least partly if not fully by the Unions. Where’s their support for people’s rights?

By keeping inflation high and pay rises low there are many thousands more just like you that also cannot afford to strike, we are all just accepting the austerity measures and will continue to do so until it all collapses in on itself. (Stiff upper lip, and all that!) The English are far too tolerant….

I have ‘hopefully’ attached a map that I got from  BBC news website, which shows the EU trade union membership (% of working population).
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It looks to me, that those countries, (Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Finland) that have a higher % of union members don’t have the problems that the rest of the EU are going through…..Just an observation….leading to an idea……get the union to recruit more members and use the austerity measures to bring in the young who don’t know what union membership is!

Our grandparents fought tooth and nail to give their future generations a decent life, and now all their hard work is being undermined every single day in parliament.

My husband and I were watching BBC Parliament when they were discussing people with learning disabilities that live in care homes and the abuse that they were receiving at the hands of the ‘carers’ but that the care homes were monitored, obviously not closely enough (or they knew and turned a blind eye, because people with learning disabilities are unable to make a complaint themselves and even if they do they are not listened to.) Or BBC’s Panorama wouldn’t have had to go undercover at Winterbourne House to reveal the truth.

Then in the next sentence the MP’s said that they wanted these people to go out and work.

These people are obviously not able to live fully independently, then how could they possibly work, and when they are being abused in the ‘care’ homes, what is there to stop them from being abused at work, disabled people are scared to try to make a complaint because of the backlash of consequences afterwards.

Our government are not concerned with people’s health problems, vulnerabilities and disabilities all they are interested in is getting them out to work.

I thought that the reason to work isn’t only to contribute to society through taxation and National Insurance contributions, but to improve one’s standard of living as one gets older, by working your way up the company’s ladder.

So they’re saying that it is perfectly okay for a disabled vulnerable person to get a minimum paid job, which is all someone with a learning disability could expect (lets be realistic here), and at the same time someone with a physical disability could also get a job doing the same thing for the same wage at the same company. Yet the physically disabled person with a normal IQ could and probably would eventually work their way up to say ‘supervisor or something’ and get a higher wage but the person with a learning disability can only look on, feeling useless and worthless while their colleagues all work their way up leaving the learning disabled person stuck in the exact same job for life.

My vulnerable husband and others with learning disabilities were forced to endure things like government schemes that put people with learning disabilities on a factory production line doing repetitive work when he was younger for very little money, it was basically slave labour and he had no choice but to do it, he felt raped of his dignity. He attended a school for disabled children but was unable to access the curriculum due to his cognitive impairments, he is not able to read at all and is colour blind and cannot remember names, phone numbers or addresses, is unable to use a phone, washing machine, DVD recorder, Sky TV menus or a microwave. He needs help constantly and cannot remember a list of commands of what is required of him in a work situation.

People like myself who have a physical disability and a normal IQ want society to treat us no differently to able bodied people, however, people with learning disabilities ‘problems’ can’t deal with normal social situations ie; the work place.

Therefore, people with learning disabilities should not be tarred with the same brush as people with a physical disability and a normal IQ.

There is, rather unfortunately, a trait within people with learning disabilities, in that they are what you might call ‘pleasers’. They like to please others, and say yes to all sorts of things and some social workers and care/support workers take advantage of them. If a learning disabled person does try to stick up for themselves and gets frustrated by the lack of empathy from social workers etc and then bang a table or raise their voice just to try to be heard because they know that no-ones really listening to them and taking their complaint seriously, then social services just say calm down and ask if they want to see a psychiatrist and class them as mentally ill, when they are mentally disabled and vulnerable. They are blackmailed to calm down because they are scared of the consequences. Learning disabled people’s voices are very rarely heard and these vulnerable people get shunted from pillar to post like sheep, often with very little say in anything about their life.

Someone who ‘flips burgers’ who got no exam results can still go to night school or college to get exams, they can still work their way up or leave and get a better job, they can still better themselves.

My husband can’t read the computer screens that tell the cooks how many burgers to ‘flip’ and can’t remember a list of commands ie; an order of food.

When there are no more disability benefits which are supposed to give a disabled person a better standard of life to that which they could achieve for themselves then don’t bother going on protests to keep your motability car because you are normal and don’t need to be propped up by this wonderful charity. People fought for many years to get support and now no one cares about it.

People don’t understand learning disabilities, if your brain don’t work properly then it doesn’t work…end of!!! You can’t push yourself to do better, you try, but end up feeling very frustrated and useless because your brain can’t do it….you end up feeling abused by people trying to push you to do better, but if this is the new model of society then there is a very bleak future in store for those with a learning disability ‘PROBLEMS’, my husband is a very loving, caring man and I wouldn’t be without him.

My husband is unable to read or write at all and could not put his views across on here without me to write it for him!

With regards to whether or not we have a choice to work, when already faced with adversity due to impairments, mostly we do currently have that choice, to a point. Yet if the government get their own way with all the new proposed changes to disability benefits and work ethics then we will not have any chance of having a choice. All disabled people will have to work.

On a Sky News report Friday 31 August 2012:
{{{“Disabled and anti-cuts campaigners have been rallying all over the country for the last week because they claim the tests for people on disability benefit by the IT firm and Paralympics sponsor Atos are “damaging and distressing”.”

Molly Solomons, a spokeswoman for UK Uncut, said around 150 people had taken part in the protest at Atos’s headquarters, with a further 30 moving on to the DWP building.

She said: “We are doing this to highlight that Atos, a sponsor for the Paralympic Games, is receiving £100m from the Government in the hope they will assess people with disabilities and get them off benefits.

“This is due to a political and ideological choice which harms disabled and sick people, not an economic necessity.”

On Tuesday activists cut off traffic with a road blockade in Cardiff and on Wednesday they delivered coffins to Atos.”}}}

These coffins were to represent the people who had either committed suicide or had died from heart attack or other stress related deaths which have been directly attributed to the new work capability tests being a contributing factor.

My husband just said after I read him the above news report “What are they going to say next?; ‘lessons have been learnt.’ But at what cost, how many more disabled people will die? and all they will say is ‘lessons have been learnt!’ or will they let it continue? They will get away with it because they are the government, once they make something into legislation then it is law and we are screwed”

We look forward to hearing your views on this topic…