Latentexistence is a thirty-something who is married, has two cats, lives in a broken body and is stuck in bed a lot. He likes messing around on computers, gaming, and ranting about politics in written form. Latentexistence also occasionally writes for The Pod Delusion and Where's The Benefit? Read More…
May 16, 2013 Leave a Comment
A doctor who worked for Atos carrying out Work Capability Assessments has resigned and has told the BBC that the assessments are unfair. He says that pressure was put on Atos staff to change the outcome of the reports. But Dr Wood has criticised some of the tests which he says contain "dubious concepts and shaky reasoning". He claims assessors are told that if a claimant can walk from the kitchen to the sitting room, it proves they can walk 200m (650ft); and if a person can dress themselves once during the day that is proof they have enough concentration and motivation to hold down a job. He insists these rules are not published in handbooks and guides, instead they are simply spoken about in training sessions. Dr Wood, who was … [Read More...]
May 14, 2013 5 Comments
I have always had a problem with talking on the phone, long before I ever encountered depression or anxiety as long term problems. People who know me might find that funny because I used to sell mobile phones for a living and I have had a smartphone since the days of the Nokia communicator. What they may not realise is that for me a smartphone is a pocket computer with an internet connection. I regard its ability to receive voice calls as an unwanted extra. Unfortunately society demands that I do actually talk on the phone, so what is the problem? Interestingly I actually find making calls for business or calls to services much easier than calls to friends or to people who I know outside of their job. When I worked as an IT … [Read More...]
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