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Work Capability Assessments And Death Of Mr Brian Mcardle

EDM number 714 in 2012-13, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 12/11/2012.
Categorised under the topic of Sickness, disability and carers' benefits.

That this House calls for an immediate cessation and reassessment of Atos work capability assessments following the death of Brian McArdle who died from a heart attack the day after his benefits were stopped; believes that Mr McArdle was badly served by a deeply flawed work capability assessment which wrongly declared him and many others fit for work; further believes that work capability assessments are particularly unsuitable in determining whether people with mental health problems are ready for work and that the threat of losing the benefits exacerbates people's mental health problems and pushes them further from work rather than closer to it; notes that despite the Government having outsourced more than 3 billion of public services to Atos Healthcare the Department for Work and Pensions refuses to publish Atos statistics that include data relating to how many people appealed their fit for work decision and how many of these appeals have been successful; and calls on the Government to conduct a radical and thorough overhaul of the system before there is more senseless loss of life through a process the outcomes of which appear to be beyond parliamentary accountability.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs.

Roger Godsiff12/11/2012Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourProposed
Jim Shannon13/11/2012StrangfordDUPSeconded
Dennis Skinner13/11/2012BolsoverLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn13/11/2012Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Iain McKenzie13/11/2012InverclydeLabourSeconded
Mark Durkan19/11/2012FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Kelvin Hopkins19/11/2012Luton NorthLabourSigned
Margaret Ritchie21/11/2012South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
George Galloway21/11/2012Bradford WestRespectSigned
Mike Hancock21/11/2012Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim McGovern22/11/2012Dundee WestLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd26/11/2012Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Caroline Lucas26/11/2012Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Katy Clark28/11/2012North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Lindsay Roy30/11/2012GlenrothesLabourSigned
Joan Walley17/12/2012Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned

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