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MadMickey 109’s comment on the welcome page has made me think. How many claimants have been asked (at the last minute) if an ATOS Trainee ‘Doctor’ can attend their examination to observe and learn the humiliation processes involved.
Quite simply, if this were the case then surely you should be given advance notice of being asked if a trainee ‘Doctor’ can be present as an observer during your examination, and not, as the DWP see fit to do so just as you medical is about to start? The psychology behind this is intentional and is designed to catch you off guard, when you are at your weakest so you will put up less resistance to the request. Put simply, this is as daft as you asking what questions the alleged ‘Dpctor’ is going to ask you before you go in. What do you think they would say to that?
If I was asked I would answer with a firm “No” immediately. Yes, they are petty enough to let this affect their professional judgement and the outcome of their interrogation ‘examination’ report to the ‘Decision maker’, and will do their level best to rob you of your benefits as a punishment. Don’t panic though, whenif they do stop your benefits (which is their aim anyway) it’s great ammunition for your appeal, I know I would feel that this was the case if the above happened to me.
Anyway, why on earth would we want to be responsible for contributing to the possible release of yet another Wolf in Sheep’s clothingATOS Healtcare Professional, with a licence to stop our benefits? They must think we are mad? If these fools think we are going to assist them in training their alleged ‘Doctors’ so they can inflict stress and mental anguish on innocent claimants, then they have another thing coming!
This begs another question? If their alleged ‘Doctors’ are ‘registered Medical Practitioners’ then why on earth do they require training? Surely any Doctor worth his/her salt can carry out a simple examination, especially as all the questions and answers are predetermined? Or (and this is a more disturbing thought) is it training in choosing the most appropriately ‘negative’ answer to enable the ‘Decision maker’ to stop your benefits? I suspect this is the case dear readers, this is clearly a case of providing the alleged ‘Doctor’ and ‘Decision maker’ with what the Americans refer to as a “Plausible Deniability” option.
So what can we do?
The answer is simple, prepare yourself to be asked. Practice saying “No thank you Doctor, I think I am stressed enough as it is”. If the alleged ‘Doctor’ persists, ask him/her “If they did not understand your answer to their question” politely of course. They cant force you to agree to have a Wolf in Sheeps’ clothing trainee present during your examination.
If you go into the examination room and there already is another alleged ‘Doctor’ in there, ask why they are there? This is where carrying a well concealed Dictaphone ((remember you may be required to remove some of your clothing, so conceal it well) comes in handy, I got mine from a well known catalogue shop, and yes, I have it with me whenever I come into contact with the DWP or any of their minions.
I’ll be back