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Atos WCA unfairness allegations “alarming”, says NAS

Allegations that Atos, which runs the work capability assessment (WCA) for employment and support allowance (ESA), uses unfair methods in its assessments are “alarming”, according to Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society (NAS). Greg Wood, a doctor who resigned from Atos last month after working as an assessor for two-and-a-half years, told the BBC the WCA system was “skewed against the claimant”. He added that he believes Atos assessors are not free to make truly independent recommendations. In the WCA, test which Atos carries out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, potential claimants have


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