piece in BMJ, here.
But why are you surprised? Doctors are offered money to do the state’s bidding, and some (a few, but enough) will do so, without too much concern for anything other that the bottom line. Remember the hoo-hah about some practices playing silly games with the appointment system in order to garner a few extra pounds, or, perhaps closer to your heart, the enthusiasm with which some doctors promote screening (for which they are paid) with a somewhat less than nuanced attitude toward patient choice? It’s not all doctors, it’s not most doctors, it’s not many doctors. But it’s sufficient to provide ATOS with enough people with MBChBs to stay legit.
the problems I have are when requesting information for a clients GP to support their appeal. GP’s seem to be unwilling to assist their patients even though they know the process is a farce.
90% of ATOS assessments are coming back with zero points.