Lack of GPs is slowing up asessments for benefits claimants
A MAN deemed too ill to travel for his benefits assessment had his cash cut off after a year-long wait – because there is no one to carry out home checks north of the central belt.
Private firm Maximus Health and Human Services won the contract to deliver benefits checks in October 2014 after its predecessor Atos backed out. The US-owned firm assumed responsibility for health-related evaluations in March 2015 through its Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, with centres dotted around the UK. It also took charge of delivering at-home checks for those unable to travel for the essential screenings.
Yesterday it admitted almost 4,000 Scots are waiting for their assessments but defended its services after it emerged that ill and disabled people living above the central belt are forced to endure lengthy waits because the company has not…
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