How many ATOS doctors have been found guilty of misconduct.

The request was successful.

Alvin Pritchard.

Dear General Medical Council.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please state how many doctors working for ATOS as disability assessors have been investigated by the General Medical Council because of allegations of misconduct/negligence in relation to their duty of care to patients, and from this number, how many of these complaints have been upheld by the GMC ?

Yours faithfully.
Alvin Pritchard.

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Pritchard

Information request - F13/5478/ME

Thank you for your email of 26 May asking for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

We will consider your request and give you the information as soon as we can, normally within the 20 working-day limit set by the FOIA.

I have allocated your request to Mark Ellen. If you have any questions, please contact him on 0161 923 6347 or email [email address].

Yours sincerely

Sarah Leigh
Information Access Officer
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW

Email: [email address]
Telephone: 0161 923 6398

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Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347), General Medical Council

Dear Mr Pritchard


Ref: IAT/ME/F13/5478


Thank you for your e-mail of 26 May 2013 about doctors employed by ATOS.


We have searched our records for cases concerning the conduct of doctors
who have ATOS or DWP as an employer. 


‘Enquiry’ is the term we use for the initial complaint, or referral about
a doctor. An assessment is made of each such enquiry we receive to decide
whether it is appropriate to open a case for the doctor. If an enquiry is
closed at the initial consideration stage we do not record the necessary
information to be able to extract the information you require. 


Since 1 January 2012 we have opened 92 cases where ATOS, DWP, or a variant
of this is recorded as the employing organisation. A doctor can have more
than 1 case against them; the 92 cases relate to 86 individual doctors. 


The table below provides a breakdown of those cases where a decision has
been made: 




Last Decision # Cases
Conclude 63
Conclude with advice 4
Issue Warning 2
Refer to Hearing 1
Undertakings 1
Voluntary Erasure from register 2





Yours sincerely


Mark Ellen

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester  M3 3AW

Direct Line: 0161 923 6347







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Alvin Pritchard.

Dear Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347),

Thank you kindly for all your efforts in supplying this information.
Yours sincerely,

Alvin Pritchard.

D Robinson left an annotation ()

mate don't hold your breath waiting for a proper answer off these, I made a complaint about an ATOS "nurse" and was told that she was just a disability analyst and not a practising nurse, so they wasn't going to do anything about her see
I asked Adam Fuller (on the phone) if she was just a disability analyst, why were they allowing her to register as a nurse? He just said the case was closed.
The NMC have a code of conduct that isn't worth the paper it's written on and is the reason why we've had the Stafford Hospital scandal, many lawsuits against the NHS for malpractice and of course the most vulnerable in our society are being cruelly treated because the NMC won't deal with these ATOS charlatans.

Colin Beswick left an annotation ()

this all should be on a panarama programme,, this is unbelievable and Unum/ ATOS both share te same company and ethics.. To think our taxpayer is paying for back handed and corrupt medicals so the government can save a few quid from the vunerable is stooping low, lower than a sakes belly.. this practice could only happen here.. if i went to my gp for a medical and it was conducted by admin staff it would be front page news but ATOS get away with it

kenneth priestley left an annotation ()

Hi guys n gals

Just had a quick read, can an untrained doctor, specialist give you a diagnosis at your surgery ???? I think not.
If the PERSON instructed to asses you does not hold the relevant qualifications to carry out this assesment then the corperation ? that employs or contracts should be liable for misdiagnosis and a breach in a duty of care.

I do hope this may give you another avenue of research :)