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7 December 2010

Many claimants will be dismayed to learn that Atos Healthcare has been granted a three year extension on its contract with the DWP.  The contract is worth over £100 million a year to Atos.

This means that there is no end in sight to the use of LiMA software operated by sessional doctors and nurses to assess claimants capacity for work.  It also leaves Atos as the only likely contender to carry out compulsory medicals on all existing DLA claimants from 2014, as no-one else will have had the same opportunity to develop the software and procedures to carry out the new assessments.

Keith Wilman, CEO for Atos Origin said:

“We have a successful and longstanding relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions and are committed to supporting the Government’s welfare reform agenda to help those who are able get back to work and regain their independence.”

We have no doubt that readers will find this hugely comforting.