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Medical Assessments Work And The Department Of Works And Pensions

EDM number 169 in 2014-15, proposed by Jeremy Corbyn on 24/06/2014.
Categorised under the topics of Benefits policy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits and Working age benefits.

That this House believes that medical assessments for the Work Capability Assessment, the contract which Atos recently relinquished, should be brought back in-house; recalls that the failure of this contract, which was ended with keen agreement by Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), follows a long history of criticism of the process and the company by politicians, press, public and DWP for their delivery of the healthcare contract, in particular the Work Capability Assessments; further believes that the current situation, with the contract yet to be granted, provides the opportunity for the Government to take responsibility and full control of the process by bringing the work and staff back in-house so that it can be delivered by the DWP; welcomes the benefits that in-house delivery would bring including the Department having direct control over processes and staffing and staff being able to work closely and interchangeably between core DWP work and those currently delivering the Atos contract, while recognising that this would go a long way to repairing the reputation of DWP medical assessment work; is concerned that awarding the contract to another private sector supplier could lead to a repeat of past mistakes, particularly as public spending cuts result in companies delivering contacts by making cuts to maintain profit margins; and urges the Government to stop the expensive bidding process now, bring the work and staff in-house, and take responsibility and control for improving the process for everyone concerned.

This motion has been signed by a total of 43 MPs.

Jeremy Corbyn24/06/2014Islington NorthLabourProposed
John McDonnell24/06/2014Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Elfyn Llwyd25/06/2014Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Mark Durkan25/06/2014FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Virendra Sharma25/06/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon25/06/2014StrangfordDUPSeconded
Ronnie Campbell25/06/2014Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Jonathan Edwards25/06/2014Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Kelvin Hopkins25/06/2014Luton NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton25/06/2014GowerLabourSigned
David Ward25/06/2014Bradford EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Lavery25/06/2014WansbeckLabourSigned
Bob Russell26/06/2014ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Mary Glindon26/06/2014North TynesideLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin30/06/2014Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Alan Meale30/06/2014MansfieldLabourSigned
Michael Connarty30/06/2014Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff30/06/2014Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Paul Flynn01/07/2014Newport WestLabourSigned
Mike Hancock01/07/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Naomi Long02/07/2014Belfast EastAllianceSigned
John Leech02/07/2014Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Margaret Ritchie02/07/2014South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
William McCrea03/07/2014South AntrimDUPSigned
David Heyes03/07/2014Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas07/07/2014Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Andrew Love07/07/2014EdmontonLabourSigned
Andrew George07/07/2014St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming08/07/2014Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim McGovern08/07/2014Dundee WestLabourSigned
David Crausby08/07/2014Bolton North EastLabourSigned
George Galloway10/07/2014Bradford WestRespectSigned
Frank Doran10/07/2014Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
George Mudie15/07/2014Leeds EastLabourSigned
Lindsay Roy01/09/2014GlenrothesLabourSigned
Ian Davidson01/09/2014Glasgow South WestLabourSigned
Michael Meacher04/09/2014Oldham West and RoytonLabourSigned
Jimmy Hood04/09/2014Lanark and Hamilton EastLabourSigned
Pat Glass13/10/2014North West DurhamLabourSigned
Albert Owen13/10/2014Ynys MLabourSigned
Geraint Davies15/10/2014Swansea WestLabourSigned
Graeme Morrice21/10/2014LivingstonLabourSigned
David Anderson21/10/2014BlaydonLabourSigned

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