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MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS WORK AND THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 169: tabled on 24 June 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 44 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House believes that medical assessments for the Work Capability Assessment, the contract which Atos recently relinquished, should be brought back in-house; recalls that the failure of this contract, which was ended with keen agreement by Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), follows a long history of criticism of the process and the company by politicians, press, public and DWP for their delivery of the healthcare contract, in particular the Work Capability Assessments; further believes that the current situation, with the contract yet to be granted, provides the opportunity for the Government to take responsibility and full control of the process by bringing the work and staff back in-house so that it can be delivered by the DWP; welcomes the benefits that in-house delivery would bring including the Department having direct control over processes and staffing and staff being able to work closely and interchangeably between core DWP work and those currently delivering the Atos contract, while recognising that this would go a long way to repairing the reputation of DWP medical assessment work; is concerned that awarding the contract to another private sector supplier could lead to a repeat of past mistakes, particularly as public spending cuts result in companies delivering contacts by making cuts to maintain profit margins; and urges the Government to stop the expensive bidding process now, bring the work and staff in-house, and take responsibility and control for improving the process for everyone concerned.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Blaydon
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Gower
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2014
Bolton North East
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2014
Glasgow South West
Davies, Geraint
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2014
Swansea West
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2014
Aberdeen North
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 June 2014
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2014
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 10 July 2014
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 July 2014
St Ives
Glass, Pat
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2014
North West Durham
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 26 June 2014
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 1 July 2014
Portsmouth South
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 July 2014
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2014
Jarrow
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2014
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 September 2014
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Luton North
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Wansbeck
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 July 2014
Manchester, Withington
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 2 July 2014
Belfast East
Love, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2014
Edmonton
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 July 2014
Brighton, Pavilion
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 2014
South Antrim
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2014
Dundee West
Meacher, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 4 September 2014
Oldham West and Royton
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Mansfield
Morrice, Graeme
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Livingston
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2014
Leeds East
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2014
Ynys Môn
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 2 July 2014
South Down
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2014
Glenrothes
Russell, Sir Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 June 2014
Colchester
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 June 2014
Bradford East

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.