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DWP give Atos Origin access to your Health Records without asking you.

Lets get things straight. Atos Origin are an American-based IT-services company. Their record is no better than anyone else’s in respect of their observing the privacy of such records – mind you, probably not as bad as the Government themselves, who tend to leave copies everywhere for anyone to find.

I myself was unaware that my medical records were being farmed out by the DWP, and despite their bluster, if you wish it not to be so, they are obliged by law to maintain the privacy of your records. This effectively stops Atos Origin having any background material on your health condition whatsoever. Probably just as well because a large number of their ‘assessments’ are not carried out by a doctor anyway.

To ensure that the DWP cannot distribute your medical information in this way you should expressly forbid them from doing so. Your right to refusal is enshrined in the Act of Parliament ‘Access to Medical Records Act 1988‘ which makes provision for your refusal to give consent to Atos Origin to request medical information from your doctor or hospital specialist.

The above highlights the position that both patient and doctor have been put in by the DWP (and Government). Instead of taking your doctor’s words on your medical certificate that you are unfit for work, the DWP totally ignore this, and insist on you being examined by a person who is not medically qualified, taking a very narrow criteria for judging you fit or unfit. My reaction would be to politely tell them to piss off, and insist on being examined (if at all) by a fully-qualified medical practitioner who has some expertise in the ailment or ailments from which you suffer. Also insist on seeing the qualifications of such a person.

Also there is a powerful argument for withholding your permission for your records to be entered into the national NHS database. Why? Yes, you’ve guessed. One of the implementation partners on this ‘venture’ are Atos Origin. Need I say more?

If you are being pestered by either the DWP or Atos Origin to fill in an IB50 form. First of all, check the DWP’s assumptions. They have highjacked the word ‘benefit’ and turned it into a synonym for stealing taxpayers hard-earned cash. They make broad assertions on the IB50 form that may or may not be true. Don’t be frightened by their bluster and bullshit. Calmly check the facts first.
Other blogs of mine related to this topic are:

Dear Mr. Atos Origin, or whoever you are
IB50 – Big Brother Bombast or Bureaucratic Bullshit?

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3 comments to DWP give Atos Origin access to your Health Records without asking you.

  • phil kersey-smith

    Many thanks for this information its absolutley brilliant these are things i never knew its good for myself and my wife who has just been informed that she has to attend a medical this morning i have found out many things thsi morning but this is the best information yet again many thanks.
    Phil Kersey-Smith

  • admin

    I think it’s worth pointing out that there is a current discussion on the BBC Ouch message boards, regarding the fornication by the DWP with Atos Origin. Since there is a ping-back to this post from that board, I’d like to point other interested parties there also. See this very relevant post by ‘hossylass’ here:

  • Dean

    I had my daughters fill in the interrogation forms, unfortunately they ticked the box allowing access to medical records and gave both my home & mobile number on the forms. since then I have had more calls from withheld, international or other numbers than before they got hold of my home number.
    The HCP said my back problem was all in my mind, but in the 90’s an x-ray after three epidural injections in my lower back last one failed to relieve the pain, that is when the x-ray was done, that is when the back specialist told me that I had fused discs in the lower spine, I would so much have loved to have had a copy of that x-ray with me to shove in the HCPs face.

    In my opinion the ATOS HCPs see what they want to, they are only interested in what will keep the points award low or at zero

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