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Capita PIPs assessments cannot repeat shamble of ATOS assessments - Brady

21 November, 2012 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on Welfare Mickey Brady has stated that with the awarding of the new Personal Independence Payment assessments to Capita Business Services Ltd, we must ensure that the shambles of the assessment process carried out previously by ATOS must not be repeated.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

“The Work Capability Assessments carried out by ATOS have proven to be a shambles, not fit for purpose and excessively costly to the public purse.

“I would hope that the PIPs process would adhere to human rights and equality standards and that it will treat people with disabilities with respect and afford them the dignity that they deserve.

“Capita, the company who has won this contract, must ensure that the health professional they employ for these tests is qualified to deal with the complex and varied needs of those who will have to undergo the assessments.

“This process must be monitored very closely to ensure that people are not disadvantaged and that the gross failures of the ATOS assessments are not repeated.” 

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