Philip Davies angry at death threats to Atos staff

Philip Davies angry at death threats to Atos staff

Philip Davies angry at death threats to Atos staff

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Shipley MP Philip Davies has slammed as “despicable” death threats received by frontline staff who decide if people claiming sick benefits are actually fit to work.

He claimed there was no justification for threatening the workers at Atos, the company charged with carrying out the work capability assessments.

The contract with Atos was due to run until 2015 but bosses say they want out given the threats their staff are receiving. Speaking in the Commons, Mr Davies said: “Would the minister agree with me that whatever the problems Atos and the problem of the contract agreed by the last Labour government, there is never any justification for violence or threats of violence against frontline staff whether they are nurses, doctors, teachers or, in this case, Atos staff.”

Atos Healthcare has been accused of making unfair decisions and last summer a government report found its assessors were of “unacceptably poor quality”.

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8:02am Tue 25 Feb 14

Apollo says...

Is he really surprised and outraged about this?
Is he really surprised and outraged about this? Apollo
  • Score: 4

8:31am Tue 25 Feb 14

mrs walker says...

While I agree that no one should face death threats for doing their job, it's a bit disingenuous of Mr Davies - by structuring his response in the way that he has - to infer that Atos are frontline staff akin to nurses, doctors or teachers.

Nice touch, blaming Atos's shortcomings on the last government too. I'm getting a bit bored of counting the ways that the Conservatives sneak in the 'but it was Labour's fault, really' subtext.
While I agree that no one should face death threats for doing their job, it's a bit disingenuous of Mr Davies - by structuring his response in the way that he has - to infer that Atos are frontline staff akin to nurses, doctors or teachers. Nice touch, blaming Atos's shortcomings on the last government too. I'm getting a bit bored of counting the ways that the Conservatives sneak in the 'but it was Labour's fault, really' subtext. mrs walker
  • Score: 5

9:37am Tue 25 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Death threats are common place in our society these days, as soon as certain people do not get their own way they go on the offensive and become intimidating, but it will not be nipped in the bud nothing ever is, and it will just become further deterioration of our society.
Doctors
Nurses
Teachers
Receptionists
Traffic Wardens et al. Just ask them.
Death threats are common place in our society these days, as soon as certain people do not get their own way they go on the offensive and become intimidating, but it will not be nipped in the bud nothing ever is, and it will just become further deterioration of our society. Doctors Nurses Teachers Receptionists Traffic Wardens et al. Just ask them. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

9:43am Tue 25 Feb 14

hx3bantam says...

Anyone would think Mr Davies had a vested interest in ATOS.
The decisions made by some of their 'frontline' (it isn't Kabul, Phil!) staff have resulted in the deaths of people who already had enough on their plate dealing with their illnesses.
Trying to compare them to nurses and doctors is pathetic but only what I expect from a heartless clown like him. He's got form for oppressing disabled people hasn't he?
If ATOS have been scared off then good. They won't be leaving empty-handed though will they? They got a 'bounty' for each person they declared 'fit for work'.
Anyone would think Mr Davies had a vested interest in ATOS. The decisions made by some of their 'frontline' (it isn't Kabul, Phil!) staff have resulted in the deaths of people who already had enough on their plate dealing with their illnesses. Trying to compare them to nurses and doctors is pathetic but only what I expect from a heartless clown like him. He's got form for oppressing disabled people hasn't he? If ATOS have been scared off then good. They won't be leaving empty-handed though will they? They got a 'bounty' for each person they declared 'fit for work'. hx3bantam
  • Score: 7

9:50am Tue 25 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

Earlier last year, ATOS tests were branded farcical for telling nearly half of those with progressive diseases, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, that their condition would improve. Tellingly the Government refuses to answer FoI requests about the number of people who have died after ATOS has pronounced them fit for work.

The death threats are are undoubtedly an expression of the extreme frustration felt about the profit driven unfairness of ATOS and the unlistening attitude of this divisive Government. Mr. Davies should recognise this and use his influence to start reforming the system.
Earlier last year, ATOS tests were branded farcical for telling nearly half of those with progressive diseases, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, that their condition would improve. Tellingly the Government refuses to answer FoI requests about the number of people who have died after ATOS has pronounced them fit for work. The death threats are are undoubtedly an expression of the extreme frustration felt about the profit driven unfairness of ATOS and the unlistening attitude of this divisive Government. Mr. Davies should recognise this and use his influence to start reforming the system. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 11

10:01am Tue 25 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

Typically Mr. Davies wants it both ways. Usually he's blaming Labour for being soft on claimants now he's blaming them for ATOS.
Typically Mr. Davies wants it both ways. Usually he's blaming Labour for being soft on claimants now he's blaming them for ATOS. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 8

10:08am Tue 25 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

alive and awake wrote:
Death threats are common place in our society these days, as soon as certain people do not get their own way they go on the offensive and become intimidating, but it will not be nipped in the bud nothing ever is, and it will just become further deterioration of our society.
Doctors
Nurses
Teachers
Receptionists
Traffic Wardens et al. Just ask them.
Our society is deteriorating because the Tories promote extreme inequality. These days the only way to get anything from a parking place to a doctor's appointment is to pay for it. The Tories have handed society over to their rich friends; death threats are one of the ways people express their legitimate disgust with this plutocracy.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Death threats are common place in our society these days, as soon as certain people do not get their own way they go on the offensive and become intimidating, but it will not be nipped in the bud nothing ever is, and it will just become further deterioration of our society. Doctors Nurses Teachers Receptionists Traffic Wardens et al. Just ask them.[/p][/quote]Our society is deteriorating because the Tories promote extreme inequality. These days the only way to get anything from a parking place to a doctor's appointment is to pay for it. The Tories have handed society over to their rich friends; death threats are one of the ways people express their legitimate disgust with this plutocracy. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 7

10:21am Tue 25 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

mrs walker wrote:
While I agree that no one should face death threats for doing their job, it's a bit disingenuous of Mr Davies - by structuring his response in the way that he has - to infer that Atos are frontline staff akin to nurses, doctors or teachers.

Nice touch, blaming Atos's shortcomings on the last government too. I'm getting a bit bored of counting the ways that the Conservatives sneak in the 'but it was Labour's fault, really' subtext.
I agree. I'm fed up with the way the Tories blame Labour for everything. It's getting really, really, irritating and it's putting me off voting for them. Especially when a lot of our troubles can be traced right back to the big bang in the City and the privatisation of our utilities and their subsequent purchase by foreigners.
[quote][p][bold]mrs walker[/bold] wrote: While I agree that no one should face death threats for doing their job, it's a bit disingenuous of Mr Davies - by structuring his response in the way that he has - to infer that Atos are frontline staff akin to nurses, doctors or teachers. Nice touch, blaming Atos's shortcomings on the last government too. I'm getting a bit bored of counting the ways that the Conservatives sneak in the 'but it was Labour's fault, really' subtext.[/p][/quote]I agree. I'm fed up with the way the Tories blame Labour for everything. It's getting really, really, irritating and it's putting me off voting for them. Especially when a lot of our troubles can be traced right back to the big bang in the City and the privatisation of our utilities and their subsequent purchase by foreigners. pcmanners
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

Yes how dare these frightened disabled people who you Philip Davies believe should be offered to employers at less than minimum wage try to fight back against Atos in any way shape or form? They're only doing their job making money for the shareholders arn't they?, the second biggest being a Mr Evlin D Rothschild who just happen to also be the second largest donor to the Tory party. Now there's a coincidence eh Philip? But what have they to be afraid of? It's not like Atos are threatening them is it? They should probably ignore the fact that between 2011 & 2012 some 10,600 people died within six weeks of being told by Atos they were fit for work. "10,600 Rolly?" you say "that seems an awfully high number". Doesn't it just but it is from the governments own figures.
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I'd give a more up to date figure but unfortunately they've stopped publishing them. Why is that Philip?
Yes how dare these frightened disabled people who you Philip Davies believe should be offered to employers at less than minimum wage try to fight back against Atos in any way shape or form? They're only doing their job making money for the shareholders arn't they?, the second biggest being a Mr Evlin D Rothschild who just happen to also be the second largest donor to the Tory party. Now there's a coincidence eh Philip? But what have they to be afraid of? It's not like Atos are threatening them is it? They should probably ignore the fact that between 2011 & 2012 some 10,600 people died within six weeks of being told by Atos they were fit for work. "10,600 Rolly?" you say "that seems an awfully high number". Doesn't it just but it is from the governments own figures. https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/223050 /incap_decd_recips_0 712.pdf I'd give a more up to date figure but unfortunately they've stopped publishing them. Why is that Philip? RollandSmoke
  • Score: 9

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