Face-to–face PIP medical assessments commencing April 2013

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Face-to-face PIP medical assessments commencing April 2013

Q1. According to CURRENTLY RECORDED information, approximately how many face-to face PIP medical assessments does the DWP estimate will be conducted in the 12 month period April 2013 to March 2014?

Q2. Please break down the figure to be provided in accordance with Q1, as between Atos and Capita as the service providers.

Q3. According to CURRENTLY RECORDED information, in respect of such face-to-face PIP assessments commencing April 2013, how many approved recording devices has the DWP arranged to be in place for those who wish Atos or Capita to provide them with an audio-recording of their assessments?

Q4. Please break down the figure to be provided in accordance with Q3, as between Atos and Capita as the service providers.

As regards Q3 and Q4, if the DWP has made no such arrangements, simply say so.

(I am not the slightest interested in the opinions of junior clerical staff in the DWP as to the inadequacy of the department's performance. If you have not already arranged for such equipment to be in place, you are already too late to use the Neal recorders needing a 10 week lead-time to procure.)

Yours faithfully,

Jim Otram

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William Hammonds left an annotation ()

Use whatever you like to make a record of your audible presentation. Since when did atos acquire the authority to decide how you make a record.
Atos HCP can misrepresent a client in all wca reports.
The only way to put a stop to this is to have an audio recording made of the wca.
Atos will offer to supply the audio equipment. When you arrive at your wca they will ask you to sign a waiver which states that you will not use the recording for any other purpose than to assist your claim. After all, the recording will belong to them and they can decide what a copy can be used for.
If you have a wca booked you can take your own recording equipment as long as you give formal notice that you intend to record.It could go like this "I hereby give formal notice of intent to make audio recording of my audible presentation during wca on (date) at (address). This recording will include audio recording of any other person attending wca and will be used for any porpose including but not limited to private prosecutions of hcp"
You do not need permission to give notice. Just push it in front of the hcp, and go ahead and record with whatever you feel would be admissible in court.
This will make the recording yours, and you can use it to prosecute the HCP privately. The Hcp can not hide behind the corporation when accused of misrepresentation which has caused loss or harm.
Small claims courts were designed to simplify claims, and I can assure you that you will be surprised at how easy it can be to prosecute. One step above small claims courts are fast track courts. These courts are also a breeze. Try visiting any of these courts and ask an official how to make a claim, they will gladly help you as it is in their interest to have the business.

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