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I am becoming more and more concerned at the way in which the ATOS “Doctors” are operating. As employees of a private company, employed by our Government to asses our capability for work, I assume they are still required to operate within the same parameters of the NHS. They are allegedly “Doctors” and as such must have taken the Hippocratic Oath during which they promise “first do no harm”. From information received recently, this does not appear to be the case, I am sure, as human beings we have rights under the Human Rights Act which protect us from harm as well as any other Oath any “Doctor” will take once they step onto the path of medical training.
When we attend the “Medical” examination at our local ATOS medical centre, we are entitled to be treated fairly and equitably by the examining Healthcare Professional? I think so and therefor, it must follow that their methods of operation must also fall into line with those used by my beloved NHS. This being the (assumed) case, then the “Doctor” should be kind, courteous and aware of our potential health issues and the possible ensuing pain when we are examined. One would also imagine that the rapport between “Doctor” and claimant would be a two-way process as in normal communication, where the “Doctor” will ask a question, listen carefully to the claimant and then make a judgement as he is supposed to do. It therefor also follows that the “Doctor” will not try to trip the claimant up by asking the same question in a slightly different manner several questions later, just to confuse the issue. The “Doctor” should not make idle threats, shout, or become overpowering in any way shape or form, we should not be asked to climb up 2 steps to get onto a medical examination bed which is fully adjustable, regardless of what they tell us. We should not be asked to repeat a demonstrated movement then be instructed by the “Doctor” to “Just lean on the edge of the desk if it helps you” when he didn’t during the demonstration? it defeats the object don’t you think.
I suggest that we make sure our answers are correct, that they are received correctly by the “Doctor” and that those answers are recorded equally correctly by the ” Doctor”. It is our right to be treated fairly and in a kind and courteous manner and to have the answers we give interpreted correctly, not twisted to suit what the “Doctor” thinks best fits his multiple choice answers. I also suggest we make sure we do not fall into the trap of “Just leaning on the edge of the desk” etc, its theer way of justifying the use of terms like “does not fit with available evidence ” in their reports to the “Decision Makers”
It is because of this system that we are suffering at the hands of these charlatans, who blatantly ignore the obvious and carry on regardless no matter what we say to them. It is time to fight back and ensure that we are heard during these alleged personal capability assessments, they are an insult to our intelligence and should be treated as such. If you feel you have been mistreated in any way, then it is your right to complain, and I urge you to do so profusely. I also urge you to back up this complaint with a letter to the British Medical Association and to your M.P.
Lets take the fight to them, let’s make their lives as much of a misery as they make ours, question everything you feel is wrong. Do not let these fools ride roughshod over our rights as human beings, demand equitable and fair treatment and if you don’t get it, shout about it.
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