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Letters Government’s disability assessments

Time to put right what is going wrong in the government’s disability assessments

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6014
  1. Glyn Phillips, general practitioner1
  1. 1Greenhills Medical Practice, East Kilbride G75 8TT, UK
  1. glyn_phillips2610{at}

Graham understandably seeks to defend Atos Healthcare, the organisation for which she is medical director.1 2

During the past year I have supported appeals for increasing numbers of patients who have had their employment and support allowance (ESA) stopped. Clearly some of the assessments being performed are substandard. All nine of the patients I have supported have successfully appealed against losing …

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