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Letters Response

Atos Healthcare replies to Greg Wood

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5584
  1. Angela Graham, clinical director1
  1. 1Atos Healthcare, London NW1 3HG, UK
  1. customer-relations{at}

I wish to respond on behalf of Atos Healthcare to certain points raised by Wood in his recent article.1

Firstly, Wood talks about “five . . . rules of thumb” when referring to functions such as manual dexterity and the ability to mobilise and alleges that these take precedence over the work capability assessment (WCA) regulations.

I wish to make it clear that Atos requires all its healthcare professionals to take full account of all evidence gathered during each assessment.

As well as reviewing individuals’ claim forms, in which claimants give their opinion on their level of disability, practitioners record a clinical history of each condition, an account of the individual’s normal daily activities, a physical or mental state examination (as appropriate), and relevant observations made during the assessment. They also take account of any additional medical evidence that is …

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