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Despite Having Doctors Under Investigation – Atos Healthcare’s Contract with Government Extended for Another 3 Years – Plus Atos Update

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A few days ago, I was not surprised to read that GMC (General Medical Council) is investigating the conduct of 12 Atos Healthcare Doctors in The Observer (Atos doctors could be struck off | Politics | The Observer).

Every year I have to attend an interview for Atos reassess my situation. As I am in the process of moving away from London to a much smaller city in the UK, I scheduled my new appointment for 2011  there (new city) and 3 days after I had received the details of my new appointment, I got another letter saying that they had reviewed my file and at this point in time I do not need to attend an examination. For the first time, they seem to take the letters from specialist doctors seriously and I find it such a relief because of previous experiences I get so anxious and stressed before and during appointments with Atos – London. This time i found out that they have changed the number of times you can reschedule you appointment. You used to be able to reschedule it 3 times but now you can only reschedule once. It’s tricky because it is essential that I bring someone who really knows me for the examination as I tend to freeze up, panic and sometimes give inaccurate facts because I get so nervous and the doctors in general are mean, don’t listen and misdiagnose. This is true at least in my case. So, if the appointment I make does not match my carers then I have to reschedule. They are also only able to reschedule 7 weeks forward if you need a date beyond your out of luck. I have been advised on many occasion to call back on the day just before the appointment and reschedule and it works! So I rescheduled my first appointment this year, then Atos rescheduled 2 appointments s after that I thought that I was within my rights to reschedule one more time to my new location, and they let me.

I have been ranting on and on about Atos because, from my point of view, it is a poorly run organisation with under-qualified and rude staff.

You might already have read previous posts about my visits to the local branch of Atos. If not you can catch up here:
Atos Healthcare Recruitment Day Picket 14/06/2011 

Campaigners Warn  Over  Incapacity Benefit Changes 01/06/2011.

New disability test ‘is a complete mess’, says the man who designed it | Politics | The Guardian
Article from the 13th of August

Atos, Therapy and Sodium Oxybate Update 8th of August 2010

Aftermath of the Atos medical Examination 2nd of Agust 2010

Atos Administration makes me Anxious 1st July 2010

Relevant Websites: Atos Healthcare


 

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Written by Queen of Sleep

August 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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