Using Benefit Claimants For Training Purposes Without Claimant Consent

Mr J Martin made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you point me to the legislation which allows DWP contractors (eg atos) to use the benefit and/or medical records of benefit claimants (who are legally defined as patients) without the consent of the individual?

How many benefit claimants have had their records used for training purposes for each year since 2006?

How may benefit claimants have received compensation for psychiatric injury resulting from assessments carried out by the likes of atos, maximus and capita since they were awarded contracts for assessments for DWP?

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Martin

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DWP Health Services Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear J Martin,
 
Please see our response to your recent Freedom of Information request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
DWP Health Services Correspondence Team
 
 

Dear DWP Health Services Correspondence,

Your reply made very interesting reading. Since 2006, atos have indeed been using claimant data (who are legally defined as patients) for training purposes without consent, contrary to your statement which I am not disbelieving.

I do have a rude and dismissive letter from atos boasting that they will use patient data for training purposes after they admitted negligence (and after they caused serious, life changing injuries). atos are continuing to violate said data despite the Information Commissioner confirming what you have also stated that said data cannot be used in this way.

Whilst this is not the venue to discuss the matter in detail, will you kindly provide the direct contact details for the appropriate department within DWP to undertake a serious case review of this (and other matters).

Due to the continuing misuse of data by DWP and it's subcontractors, restricted access to data will be in order and with this in mind, please also provide the contact details to make sure that the correct people handle this, as the local benefit office are involved in the misuse of data.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Martin

DWP Health Services Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear J Martin,
 
Please see our response to your recent Freedom of Information request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
DWP Health Services Correspondence Team
 
 

Dear DWP Health Services Correspondence,

You did not answer the enquiry and your response was unnecessarily late, abusive and vexatious. Go back and read it again.

Typical behaviour of dishonest "dole trolls" who deliberately interpret enquiries in a way to cover up crime committed against benefit claimants.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Martin

DWP Health Services Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear J Martin,
 
Please see our response to your recent request for an Internal Review.
 
Yours sincerely
 
DWP Health Services Correspondence Team