ATOS!!!

No I’m not sneezing OR swearing …although ACTUALLY it could be swearing …let me think a mo how the word could be used …..Ahhhh yes ….how about your in a situation …say your at a buffet …your one of the last to the table …you have one or 2 crisps on your plate THATS IT …there’s just a tiny bit of salad left …a lettuce leaf and a cherry tomatoe say …oh and a lone chicken drumstick for that essential protein …you hobble to the table ( you walk with 2 sticks that’s why you are a little slower than the rest of the party guests) JUST as you are about to reach out someone whips in and snatches it away almost knocking you off your crutches.

Excuse me ….you say …and are about to add that you haven’t eaten yet …but the other person as he is briskly marching off with the party leftovers just shouts  ‘ATOS’ over his shoulder

THERE that’s a fairly accurate use of the word ….’Blog On’ has hereby invented a new swear word …

‘ATOS!!!’

Or you’ve been ‘ATOSed’ ….a bit like ‘Shafted’ ‘Ripped Off’ or ‘Screwed’

Perhaps I should explain further …

ATOS is a private company the British government commissioned to assess people for disability benefit as it had apparantly come to light that some people were making fraudulent claims …although how they were doing this God knows as there has always been a requirement for medical reports etc not to mention completing EXTREMELY lengthy and convoluted forms most people require assistance to complete ….ANYWAY  the company ATOS were brought in a few years ago now along with getting rid of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and changing its name to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ……a rather nice and more appropriate use of terminology (there’s lots of clever use of terminology these days but as we all know …its actions that speak louder than words but hey ho)

SO to cut a very long story short …it’s caused a lot of upheaval as folk have been struck off their benefit left right and centre and declared fit for work ………….now in principle I’m not against this ….I’m all for people with disabilities having equal rights as citizens ……I mean look at the Paraolympics for goodness sake ….HOWEVER I’m sure even the paraolympians would say they need their PIP to pay for additional support they may need …including things like assistance with personal care and aids and adaptations to enable independence.  Also ….when it comes to mental health …it is largely an invisible disability as folk tend to lock themselves away ….YES there is proactive work to assist folk to maximise their potential INCLUDING going back to work …but there are STILL many MANY employers who will not even look at someone if they say they have experienced mental ill health …there is STILL incredible stigma despite it being a case of ‘there but for the grace of God go us all’ …..yep no’one is immune and indeed the numbers are rising ….I wonder why? …..but I digress

I guess I am talking about this now as I have had a lot of dealings with this company the last couple of months as folk in receipt of this benefit are ‘reviewed’ ……again …..nothing wrong with that say I …..BUT it’s the WAY it is being done ….folk getting letters instructing them to attend appointments at short notice at various obscure locations ALLOVER the north of England …we have had folks being asked to go to Durham, Liverpool and York ….working with people who experience ‘psychosis’ many cannot drive and even struggle to use public transport around the immediate area never mind contemplate going somewhere unfamiliar ….the STRESS all this causes is unbelievable …..many live in a muddle …struggle with correspondence …you are struck off immediately if you do not attend and are allowed to rearrange the appointment once.

I must admit …where possible I have assisted folk to request a home visit and attended also so these ‘Assessors’ can see EXACTLY how it is ….I am CONVINCED that all this will be costing the government a FORTUNE ….WAY above what DLA used to even WITH the odd fraudulent claim …..not to mention the added feelings of guilt and shame to already vulnerable people who tend NOT to engage or trust anyone ANYWAY!!!

One person HAD been struck off and another appointment made more locally which I attended with him today ..well the next city …this is a person reluctant to let ANYONE in his home and really only goes to his local corner shop on his own where they know him well…he suffers paranoia and is a voice hearer …the voices becoming more pronounced, louder in volume and negative in nature when feeling under duress ( as with most voice hearers)…so you can imagine the journey to the appointment ….I actually sang …YES SANG to try to divert from the tension and cocophany going on in his head …it probably sounds ridiculous but it seems to work with this particular guy on car journeys  …ANYWAY

Aaaaaaaaagh the unnecessary frustration

See

SEE ….sugar and spice it is NOT always …but it’s the weekend and I’m letting it all go …so

GOODNIGHT!!!

13 thoughts on “ATOS!!!

  1. You are a story teller, no doubt about that. I wonder, given the Big Bro nature of the world you worn in, whether your days are numbered in this profession, or are they so smug in their occupation, they just don’t give a shit anymore?

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    1. Yes ShaTara ….and get this ….at the moment I notice that ATOS has a recruitment drive going on for ‘Assessors’ they are now wanting qualified nurses and ots to apply following the outcry ….not social workers tho:D:D:D
      It’s like the drug companies that lure qualified nurses to act as reps ….they are of course attracted by the old spondoolah( cash) but it’s like working in sales …you HAVE to reach the company set targets to keep your job …..NHS trained people ….down to probably a 1/4 of what they were a few years ago who are understandably knackered …barely paid a living wage nowadays …working ridiculous hours …being lured …sold out
      And the beauty of the NHS which was once respected around the world …still is just about I would think …is being dismantled by stealth ….and it’s the Dr’s , Nurses, and DEFINATELY social workers who are being made out to be some kind of uncaring and incompetent enemy of the state:D:D:D
      Where was I ….oh yes ….the beauty of the NHS is it is NOT a ‘for profit’ organisation it is a ‘public service’ accountable to the public NOT shareholders …it’s almost an impossible job now ….that’s what I mean about dangerous ….folk aren’t getting the quality of service they should be …that the individuals working in the organisation like to give ….therefore people are at risk … the whole service or notion of ‘public service’ shafted ….or to use my newly invented swear word ATOSed!!!:D:D:D
      Oh and speaking out or to the press is a sackable offence …so I probably well and truly am now:D:D:D ….although WordPress doesn’t count …does it?

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      1. And when we buy into their propaganda… we become our own worse enemies… and that is exactly what their agenda is: to turn your patients/clients against you. After all, it’s you they see, not the politicians and rule makers, so you become the enemy. How I dealt with it at Coca Cola for 42 years was simple: I took the time to explain to my customers the difference between me, the tech, and “THEY”: the corporate thieves and liars. My clients had to make a choice and it didn’t take them long to realize who was lying, and who was telling the truth. I got queried by management a few times when word got back to them… but when I asked for my union lawyer to be present at any session querying my performance… the problem went away quietly. Once they even tried to promote me so they could tighten the collar: I declined, and explained why I didn’t want my collar tightened. Oh, they understood what I was telling them. There never was a time like this when we need to develop and rely upon self empowerment. That is the only thing “THEY” fear because they don’t know anything about that sort of power and have no idea how to deal with it. In the good old days, they simply called you a heretic and burned you alive at the stake as an example. They can’t quite do that yet but that too is coming back – if not literally the burning alive, at least by character and body assassination. Rampant in the USA now. In the short term, they can fire you of course and find all kinds of reasons why you’ve given just cause, and maybe even denying you benefits and pension. The money for all those lawyers has to be squeezed out of the working lemon “until the pips squeak.”

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