Written evidence submitted by Zechariah
I had an Atos medical for my ESA benefit in October
last year, it is currently going to tribunal as the way it went
was nothing short of disgusting!
I use a wheelchair and suffer chronic pain due to
Osteoarthritis and worsened pain after a total knee replacement
one year ago that has unfortunately left me in even more pain,
I currently am on 35mg Buprenorphine transdermal patch, Dihydrocodeine,
Paracetamol, Pregabalin, Nortryptiline and yet still suffer
chronic pain 24/7, I also suffer severe panic attacks after an
unsettling incident whilst working as a fire fighter for the MOD
21 years ago.
We waited for our appointment and due to the wait
and the pain I had to lay across the seats as I was in a lot of
pain, when we saw the doctor he seemed very friendly and after
a while he said he thought it best to end the medical due to the
amount of pain I was in, he recommended that in future we ask
for a home visit for medicals, as we left he rubbed my wife's
back and said, don't worry I will fill out the rest and say he
needs to be left alone from the hassle of medicals for some time!
We were horrified when we received the outcome that
placed me on the work focused group as I hadn't satisfied all
the criteria, he had just answered non applicable to the rest
of the questions!
I am unable to attend the tribunal hearing due to
my panic attacks, the hearing would mean having to travel and
once there use a lift and due to my panic attacks I would not
be able to handle that and due to the period of time involved
I would be in too much pain.
This doctor has caused us a lot of stress, he lied
to us and falsely filled out the rest of the form, we do not need
the extra stress that this has placed on us, if this is the way
Atos and its staff carry on then it is my belief that they should
be stopped from running this service.