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Maximus WCA blunder

Maximus have managed their first work capability assessment blunder before even starting the contract in March.

Maximus are not keen on having their name associated with claimant deaths in the way that Atos’ now is in so many people’s minds.

So, appointment letters for work capability assessments won’t come from Maximus. Instead, they will come from a fig leaf company called The Centre for Health and Disability Assessments Limited.

The new company was set up back in June 2014, long before Maximus were officially awarded the contract. Unfortunately, Leslie Wolfe – division president of Maximus- and her fellow director William Smith aren’t so hot on UK spelling, hailing as they do from the US.

So the company they created to hide behind was actually called The Center for Health and Disability Assessments Limited.

Thus, five weeks after incorporating the company, their first act was to change the name so that at least it looks like it is a UK run organisation.

With this level of accuracy and attention to detail, what could possibly go wrong as they take over the assessment of millions of sick and disabled claimants?

Comments  

#30 MalcolmB 2015-05-11 17:16
It doesn't matter at all who you vote for. The government still gets elected.
#29 Derekq 2015-04-17 22:29
Well, we can see the whites of there eyes now, election fever is here you can almost taste it cant you.
For us sick, ill, disabled in fact anyone on benefits its a case of making sure thr tories do not get back in as we all know what will happen.
So, its a case of the choice of who will do least damage to us all, it will depend who will be happy to hold hands with each other.
There will be one of the main two ++ shame Miliband seems to repell the SNP, Mr UKIP he may well be another Clegg wanting his "time in the sun" this guy could go either way.
So many of these parties are so vague on what there plans are far as benefits, some of the amazing figures quoted are beyond belief 12 billion tories, 7 billion labour.
At the end of it all we need to get rid of the "old etonian school tie" attitude they have been in charge way past there sell by date.
O.K. now I can get of my soapbox, sorry to ramble on but .........
#28 Samuel Miller 2015-01-28 15:48
It's not a blunder: It's a strategic decision by Maximus to hide their involvement in the Work Capability Assessment and to avoid the negative press that tarnished the reputation of Atos.

Full disclosure: Since January 2012, I have been reporting voluntarily to the UN’s human rights office, in Geneva, on the welfare crisis for Britain’s sick and disabled.

(Montreal, Canada)
+2 #27 kefkat 2015-01-28 15:02
I have never voted Labour in my life. It goes against the grain of everything I was bought up in so yes there has been I suppose you can family of origin voting as loyalty to the past.

Not happening this time. I am not voting Tory. I never expected it to be this bad. It is predominately Labour where I live anyway. They have quite a large majority to turn over to be kicked out around here, however I will have to vote Labour this time and not for an independent as I was going to do
+2 #26 borkwen 2015-01-28 11:55
I would urge all claimants to demand audio recording of any assessment carried out by Maximus - let's make it clear to them that we stand together to confront the current corrupt system and that we are fully entitled to having accurate evidence of what takes place. If you have any means of recording your assessment, tell them in advance you will be doing this. If they want a recording too, it's up to them to arrange that. You are not in breach of the Data Protection Act and if they threaten you with police involvement (as I was) point out that the Police & Criminal Evidence Act actually endorses audio recording of interviews.
I stood up to the bullying of Atos & Capita with the result that I have proof of the incompetence and fraudulent behaviour of these contractors complicit with the DWP.
+2 #25 Drizzle 2015-01-27 09:48
Quoting carruthers:
Try reading what Rachel Reeves (IDS's shadow) - she trying hard to reassure everyone that she is just as hot on "scroungers" and waste as IDS. Plus points are a promise to abolish the bedroom tax and "re-evaluate" UC. But don't expect any softening of the Tories' approach to ESA or any reform of PIP - not even the dreaded 20m rule.


I don't think any of us advocating tactical voting to keep the Tories out think that Labour are going to soften significantly towards benefit recipients. They'd lose votes if they made any such promises. What we've said repeatedly is that things will get significantly worse for us again if the Tories regain power, something that's unlikely to happen under Labour (at the very worst any changes Labour make will be far less devastating than the changes the Tories have planned - just see Bill's comment #24 below!!)
+1 #24 Bill 2015-01-27 07:32
Quoting Paul Richards

Quote:
All that I can suggest is voting tactically as much as possible to prevent any form of Tory Gov't/Tory Coalition getting into power and not forgetting that last time I believe that only 60% or so of the available electorate actually did (either because they were so sick and fed up with politics, or they were just apathetic - this ultimately led to the dreadful Tories gaining their much wanted 'POWER'
This makes total sense Paul, even if we do not agree with all their Policies or past actions, we, the sick and disabled, should pull together to keep the Tories out because if not we are all in trouble.

We should vote tactically, not simply for the Party that has the ''right'' policies.

I just heard on the 6am radio news that Cameron has announced the first thing Tories will do when they get back in is reduce the Benefits Cap. This is just the start and there are still 99 days to go!

Just imagine Iain Duncan Smith having free rein for another 5 years!

Bill
-1 #23 carruthers 2015-01-27 01:56
Quoting Paul Richards:
As long as it is not another Tory Government/Tory Coalition, then really it does not matter too much. Labour, if they get in may be a 'little' softer on the so-called 'Welfare Reform'

Try reading what Rachel Reeves (IDS's shadow) - she trying hard to reassure everyone that she is just as hot on "scroungers" and waste as IDS. Plus points are a promise to abolish the bedroom tax and "re-evaluate" UC. But don't expect any softening of the Tories' approach to ESA or any reform of PIP - not even the dreaded 20m rule.

Remember calling people "Scroungers" gives those in work someone to hate and promising to be hard on them is a vote-winner.

This is the least cheerful fact about this gloomy GE.
+1 #22 Drizzle 2015-01-26 23:13
Quoting Daska:
I understand your view but no, I strongly believe that people should vote for what they believe in. And overall the Greens have the most popular policies, as evidenced by voteforpolicies.org.uk


I don't think anyone would disagree with voting for their preferred candidate or party in an ideal world, but the truth is that if you vote for a minority party in a constituency where they've no hope of winning then it counts for nothing. That's the sad reality of our voting system.

I'd also prefer to vote for the Greens but I strongly believe that benefit recipients are in for the roughest ride by far if the Tories regain power and that we must do all we can to stop it happening.
+1 #21 Drizzle 2015-01-26 22:04
Quoting Eli48:
Quoting Drizzle:
It's most certainly not irrelevant who we vote for. Attitudes like that by people dispossessed by this coalition are going to let the Tories win again (either by an outright majority or as the major party of a coalition). This outcome would be a disaster for us as IDS will be even more brutal next time around!! Labour may not be our friend but at least their whole ideology isn't built around ensuring we end up starving in the gutter!


Who are you to judge this person? "With attitudes like that?" Moreover, this person is entitled tot their opinion. If you do not like it, go somewhere else. I do not think any party will be any good to be honest. I will not vote for any of them. I vote for LibertyGB or Britain First.


I wasn't attacking anyone in particular and I apologise if it came across that way. It was just a comment on voter apathy by the very people the Tories have harmed allowing them to regain power.

Quoting Bill:
But Eli, isnt that exactly what this is all about, ''opinion'' and Drizzle is as much entitled to an opinion as anyone else, arent they? Isnt that why we all put our own comments here in the first place?

Bill


Thanks Bill :-)
+2 #20 Paul Richards 2015-01-26 21:45
As long as it is not another Tory Government/Tory Coalition, then really it does not matter too much. Labour, if they get in may be a 'little' softer on the so-called 'Welfare Reform'
Being very realistic, although the minor parties have their own (sometimes very good) agendas, partly because of the 'first past the post' system they could be pretty much irrelevant - unless an absolute miracle happens they are only likely to get very few seats.
The Lib Dems are most likely going to be totally destroyed at the next G.E., not least for their continuing to prop up this terribly sadistic and cruel Tory government shambles - that was not even voted for by the majority of the electorate at the last election. This country now has an atrocious voting system that results in millions of people being victimised and tax cuts for the very wealthy - billions going into the EU coffers and overseas aid for countries that don't even need it. It wouldn't at all surprise me that Britain may offer to pay some, or all, of the next instalment of Greece's debt to the EU - they are certainly silly enough to do it!! And of course, and as usual that money would most probably be lost to Britain for ever. All that I can suggest is voting tactically as much as possible to prevent any form of Tory Gov't/Tory Coalition getting into power and not forgetting that last time I believe that only 60% or so of the available electorate actually did (either because they were so sick and fed up with politics, or they were just apathetic - this ultimately led to the dreadful Tories gaining their much wanted 'POWER' and then the LibDems went in to help them and to try to change their policies - that did a lot I don't think - they ended up supporting a lot of their rotten policies and now in 99 days time - the LibDems and their 'poodle' of a leader will be demolished - and very rightly so.
-1 #19 Daska 2015-01-26 20:59
Quoting Bill:
Quoting Daska

Quote:
One guess who's getting my vote. This plus citizens income will radically improve life for those who are disabled as well as their carers and families.


The only question is, do the Greens stand any chance at all of forming a Government, even in coalition?

If not, with the greatest respect, wouldn't your vote be better used voting for a Party who have a real chance and would almost certainly not be as harsh as the Tories have been on us?

In this instance we should all be thinking of our own self interest when voting and that self interest is surely keeping the Tories out isnt it?

Mr & Mrs Bill
I understand your view but no, I strongly believe that people should vote for what they believe in. And overall the Greens have the most popular policies, as evidenced by voteforpolicies .org.uk
+1 #18 Alistair 2015-01-26 19:58
The British government is run by and controlled by big buisiness and corporations, and no longer serve the people who elect them. The British government has awarded an American company a half a billion pound contract to take the benefits off sick and vulnerable people in Britain. Whether its Labour, the tories or whoever gets in, it doesnt matter because they have their corporate masters to obey, and if they dont obey, the big banksters and the big corporations will threaten to crash the British economy, AGAIN.
+2 #17 Bill 2015-01-26 15:21
Quoting Eli48

Quote:
Who are you to judge this person? "With attitudes like that?" Moreover, this person is entitled tot their opinion. If you do not like it, go somewhere else. I do not think any party will be any good to be honest.
But Eli, isnt that exactly what this is all about, ''opinion'' and Drizzle is as much entitled to an opinion as anyone else, arent they? Isnt that why we all put our own comments here in the first place?

Bill
#16 raindaisy 2015-01-26 11:02
I guess one small mercy is the use of the word "handicap" which is used widely in America and in the UK , as recently as 2013 , a health professional wrote on a letter to my GP " ..she cares for her handicapped Husband..". Not impressed.
-2 #15 Eli48 2015-01-26 10:37
[quote name="Drizzle"] It's most certainly not irrelevant who we vote for. Attitudes like that by people dispossessed by this coalition are going to let the Tories win again (either by an outright majority or as the major party of a coalition). This outcome would be a disaster for us as IDS will be even more brutal next time around!! Labour may not be our friend but at least their whole ideology isn't built around ensuring we end up starving in the gutter!

Who are you to judge this person? "With attitudes like that?" Moreover, this person is entitled tot their opinion. If you do not like it, go somewhere else. I do not think any party will be any good to be honest. I will not vote for any of them. I vote for LibertyGB or Britain First.
#14 Eli48 2015-01-26 10:24
Quoting pusscatsmum:
Agree in part, however if you bother to read any of the manefestos you will see all have the power and wishes to reduce the welfare benefits drastically as they have overspent .
It has clearly been demonstrated by all parties that they WILL reduce Welfare spending when and by whom is in power in May of this year.
So we are stuffed either way and by whom is in power.
Both Labour and Conservatives weald the biggest stick and both have had and will have the biggest impact on welfarw spending and policies as they both agreed to the changes and both agreed to the implementation we are in the midst off.



'If you bother to read...' Could you rephrase that please? Being funny to someone when we all have health conditions to contend with, is not on.
+2 #13 tintack 2015-01-26 01:53
Unfortunately, the farce that is First Past the Post means that there is little practical option but to vote tactically for whichever party has the best chance of beating the Tories in each constituency. I wish to god we had PR, so everyone's vote would count equally. In those circumstances I'd vote Green in a heartbeat.
+5 #12 Bill 2015-01-25 07:31
Quoting Daska

Quote:
One guess who's getting my vote. This plus citizens income will radically improve life for those who are disabled as well as their carers and families.
The only question is, do the Greens stand any chance at all of forming a Government, even in coalition?

If not, with the greatest respect, wouldn't your vote be better used voting for a Party who have a real chance and would almost certainly not be as harsh as the Tories have been on us?

In this instance we should all be thinking of our own self interest when voting and that self interest is surely keeping the Tories out isnt it?

Mr & Mrs Bill
+2 #11 Daska 2015-01-24 19:27
http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/11/03/green-party-condemns-three-pronged-government-attack-on-sick-and-disabled/

One guess who's getting my vote. This plus citizens income will radically improve life for those who are disabled as well as their carers and families.

If you aren't sure try taking the independent survey at www.voteforpolicies.org.uk

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