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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The trend with who is performing WCAs

Fresh from a FOI request.  There is a worrying but predictable trend here.  Nurses are clearly less experienced than doctors and DWP claims that their training acts as a leveller is a nonsense.  The membership renewal criteria for the Nursing & Midwifery Council are not exactly stringent.  However, on the basis that Atos pays less for a nurse than a doctor, the driving motivation here is clearly profit improvement.  No surprise as Atos is a private company with a responsibility to its shareholders and regardless of what we think, it must be fulfilling the conditions of its contract with DWP or they would boot it out.  So DWP is the real culprit, not Atos!  This is the way the private sector works - just look at the banking sector and closer to home, Southern Cross. 

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