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Ordeal by Atos for sick claimants | Letters

Sick and disabled claimants are undergoing unnecessary benefits assessments, argues Patricia de Wolfe, while Dr Liam O’Toole says arthritis sufferers are being left in the dark about their entitlements. Eric Midwinter celebrates an unsung architect of the welfare state

I welcome Max Fishel’s call for more reporting on the effects of benefits assessments on sick and disabled claimants (Letters, 8 July). The appalling quality of some assessments has been publicised, but less often mentioned is their unnecessary frequency.

People with long-term health conditions, repeatedly assessed and found unfit for work over a period of decades, may well just get a …read more