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The ‘Stealth Assassin’

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One of the smiling assassins weapons of mass depression is the NHS or Stealth Assassin. These are recruited from those in the ranks of the NHS who have aspirations of becoming a ‘smiling assassin’ and want to demonstrate their skills to the DWP. How do we diagnose when the smiling assassin is going to play the stealth card?

The Smiling Assassin

The Smiling Assassin

Recognise the symptoms

Your smiling assassin will grill you surreptitiously for anything from a few moments to a few months before releasing the stealth assassin. This is because they want to be absolutely sure they are on to something before they use such a valuable asset. They will introduce you to the idea slowly, grooming you into acceptance, and before you know it you will be tricked into attending several weekly  ‘regular’ sessions with an NHS Professional Stealth assassin who will help you to ignore the pain/distress from ‘manage’ your illness, disability or ailment and quietly declare you fit to return to work.

The Stealth Assassin

The Stealth Assassin

Why do they do this?

The ‘stealth assassin’ is usually a NHS practitioner, and could be anyone from an auxiliary nurse to a specialist who are (a) looking to line their already bulging pockets, (b) have a sadistic streak and regard all disabled people as shirkers or (c) simply want to demonstrate their skills to the DWP so they can become smiling assassins in their own right.

What can we do?

The simple answer is to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself some pertinent questions like;

Am I ready to return to work?

If I do return to work am I putting myself in danger of injury?

Am I putting my potential employer in a precarious position?

Am I physically / mentaly capable of working part time?

Am I physically / mentally capable of working full time?

Would I be an asset or a liability to any potential employer?

What is the likelihood of me holding permnaent  job down?

In the event that you feel you are not ‘ready’ to return to work, be honest and say so. after all, its your mind that has to be made up on this, and though the smiling assassin is well trained, they cant read your mind yet, and must be told, otherwise they will not know. You know what that leads to don’t you? yes, an assumption. So be firm but fair and tell them you will let them know when ‘you’ are ready to return to work. The other thing to consider of course is, if you return to work then discover its too much for you, are you ruining the chances for the disabled person following you with that employer? You have to take this into account, as employers are already under pressure have ‘guidance’ from ‘legislation’ to have a number of  Token disabled staff on thier books!

I’ll be back


  1. Found another thread on rightsnet you may be interested in reading, got some examples of lima screw ups in it


    Comment by ukbix — July 18, 2009 @ 6:33 am

  2. Nice one, I am amazed that the alleged ‘Doctor’ is allowed to ask his questions in a very fluid manner, and yet we are expected to accept he can only use one of his multiple choice answers when entering our response? Bit one sided isnt it?

    Comment by dwpexamination — July 18, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  3. Interesting upper tribunal document…


    covers problems with LIMA and also talks about how the claimaint said the doctor made things up…..

    Comment by ukbix — July 23, 2009 @ 5:46 am

  4. If you think the IB tests done by ATOS are bad, read this


    quotes from impact assessment document regarding the replacement for incapacity benefit, ESA….

    Comment by ukbix — July 31, 2009 @ 3:11 am

  5. I am hoping that my report says I was wide awake and attentive because I spent almost the entire ATOS medical asleep with my daughter answering questions while I was asleep. My medical was on the 25th May and the only thing I remember about it now is the alleged doctor saying it was all in my mind, all I gather from that is that she was referring to my back problem, but if the hospital has not destroyed the x-ray as they think it wasn’t needed, then I could blow that remark out of the water by producing the x-ray.

    Also if the doctor has written that I answered the questions that should be about enough to put the whole report into question, maybe when at a tribunal if medical reports are blown apart then ATOS should have a penalty imposed on them for each report that a claimant proves that the HCP lied or the tribunal overturns because they produce evidence to disprove what the HCP has written. If ATOS can write a report that would fool a decision maker into thinking that someone is fit for work when they slept through most of the interrogation and answered only 1 question after looking round the floor of the room I was in and answering “ROOM” (so my daughter keeps telling me). I have come to the conclusion that just about everyone is asking for a copy of their report as soon as they have had the medical and that is why they need 6 weeks, at least, to send out the medical report.

    Comment by Dean — June 10, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

  6. All anyone needs to do is to prove that the alleged “Doctor” has falsified a report, which has resulted in the loss of benefits and thus hardship, or negligence, or assault, or bullying etc. etc. etc. The question is how do we do it? These people are not as daft as I make out when it comes to fogging the issues we raise, they are snales and should be handled as such.

    Comment by dwpexamination — June 11, 2010 @ 6:12 am

  7. i have been on esa for just over 12 months in that time i have been constantly hounded had 3 so called medicals passed1st two the 3rd was a nightmare he made it quite clear he was not going to copy anything i had taken ie (mri scan results consultants reports gp reports) did not want to hear anything about my condition and treated me with so much contempt and distain i was going to walk out my only crime was to get work related injuries applied for DLA they used ESA so medical to deny me that went to see MP about my treatment at the hands of atos and the dwp to my surprise got letter off DLA stating after further look at my case they are now awarding me DLA no need to go to appeal have had letter off MP stating my esa appeal will happen shortly so in my case the moral is if you push high enough and hard enough you may be in with a chance but i have the feeling keeping it will be another story i will still be trying to find ways to help other people in the same position as myself only by banding together for the good of all will we get respect from a system who’s only intention is to drive us all into submission and poverty

    Comment by head56 — April 9, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

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