This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Suicide and attempted suicide due to Atos Medical Examination'.

Mr Taylor ([FOI #61537 email]) 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
 
e-mail: [DWP request email]
 
 
Our Ref:1921-384  
4 March 2011 
 
Dear Mr Taylor, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 8 February 2011 that was received by 
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Adelphi and forwarded for response by the DWP 
Commercial Management of Medical Services Freedom of Information Officer.  
 
In your email you asked to be provided with information answering the following questions:- 
      
1.  all recorded information that you and/or your contractors have relating to the number of 
Incapacity benefit claimants or people claiming employment and support allowance 
(ESA) that have committed suicide, or attempted to commit suicide, following 
notification of the requirement for them to attend an Atos Medical Examination and/or a 
work capability assessment (WCA); 
2.  the number that have committed suicide, or attempted to commit suicide, after being 
removed from the benefit they were formally receiving following attending an Atos 
Medical Examination and/or a work capability assessment (WCA). 
 
In answer to your questions I can advise that the Department does not hold any statistics 
relating to your enquiries.  
 
DWP does publish a wide range of statistics on benefit customers on its website via the 
Tabulation Tool at http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/tabtool.asp and on the Nomis website 
www.nomisweb.co.uk, which is the Office for National Statistics’ official website of labour 
market statistics.  This includes tables of numbers leaving Employment and Support 
Allowance (off-flows) at http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/esa.asp by geographical area, age 
group, gender, duration of claim and benefit payment type, but not by destination. 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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