New call to put DWP/Atos on trial for manslaughter

New call to put DWP/Atos on trial for manslaughter.

An epetition 

To Investigate the DWP and connected MPs for corporate manslaughter. In relation to the WCA & Atos Healthcare

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions

To Investigate the DWP and connected MPs for corporate manslaughter.

We have seen deaths rise of people on sickness benefit from 310 in 2010. To 10,600 in 9 months of 2011.

In relation to the WCA & Atos Healthcare.

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9 thoughts on “New call to put DWP/Atos on trial for manslaughter

  1. Pingback: New call to put DWP/Atos on trial for manslaughter | Mental Health, Politics and LGBT issues |

  2. Thank you for this petition.

    I think disability activists should try push for an investigation into manslaughter regarding deaths where a person is found ‘fit to work’ by the WCA.

    I wrote to Rethink Mental Illness to ask if they would consider contacting the police on behalf of disabled people to request that an investigation be launched into possible crimes being committed. My email to them is below. There is also another site talking about possible manslaughter (link below). I hope one day someone is held responsible for all these terrible unnecessary deaths, and the possible hundreds or thousands still to come.

    (my email to Rethink Mental Illness)

    Please would your charity consider making a formal request to the police to open an investigation into serious criminal offences being possibly carried out against vulnerable disabled people. There is much evidence of this and I believe much more would come out if an investigation is initiated.

    I believe that anyone can report a crime to the police even if they are not the victim, and your charity has special involvement in this area, such as commissioning the survey of GPs last year which I believe is a vital piece of evidence of these potential crimes.

    There are good grounds for the police to launch a criminal investigation into possible harassment and manslaughter, which is ongoing still, and has been for possibly several years. I also believe that the police have an obligation to at least start an investigation, given the
    serious nature of the crimes.

    The two criminal offences that I believe need to be urgently investigated are:

    1) Ongoing and previous harassment of vulnerable people who have undergone or will soon undergo the WCA Fitness For Work assessment. I use the legal definition of harassment from the Protection from Harassment Act 1997: ‘to pursue a course of action which amounts to harassment of another individual’ (harassment is defined by the Act as ‘behaviour which causes alarm or distress’ . The Rethink Mental Illness GP survey shows possible evidence of this widespread distress and I believe more evidence can be obtained by many charities, such as CAB, who deal with a number of cases every day in helping prepare appeals.

    2) Gross negligent manslaughter. Again, both ongoing and previous. The government have had evidence of the potential suicides that will occur as a result of the WCA, and while they have brought in many measures, they do not seem to be making enough impact and they should have halted tests until they were safe. Last year the three pieces of evidence below, which include evidence from the British Medical Association, plus a call to scrap the test by many MPs and the government’s own Committee of Public Accounts this year have still not made the government stop the tests. In fact they have done the opposite and made the test harder to pass, introducing changes to it in January 2013. I therefore believe that this reckless endangering of lives, past and present, and the neglecting of all this evidence of the serious harm that is occurring, could constitute gross negligent manslaughter.

    The three sources of information that could be used immediately for initiating an investigation can be found online and are:

    a) The Freedom of Information request of 2012 showing that 1,100 people died between January and August 2011, after the controversial WCA test found them ‘fit for work’. When this piece of information is added to the Rethink Mental Illness GP survey, which shows that the test is causing great distress, suicide attempts, even suicides, then there is grounds to investigate, in the public interest, whether any of these 1,100 people were also subject to this level of distress, and how may died or committed suicide as a result.

    b) The Rethink survey of GPs, as mentioned in my last point, shows that the WCA has been a contributing factor in the distress and even the death of many people.

    c) The British Medical Association’s call for the WCA test to be scrapped last year. This level of medical advice, along with the advice of an ever growing number of charities and individuals warning of the serious harm that is being caused, should not be ignored. As stated above the government has responded by making the test harder to pass as of January 2013, creating, I believe, more potential suicide victims.

    I would be very grateful if Rethink will consider requesting that the police start an investigation into these potential crimes. The request would probably need to be made centrally, to the Metropolitan Police, due to the nationwide scale of the matter.

    of Gross Negligence Manslaughter is as follows;
    …where the death is a result of a grossly negligent (though otherwise lawful) act or omission on the part of the defendant. The law in respect of this has been clarified to a four stage test (the Adomako Test) outlined by the House of Lords:
    a) the existence of a duty of care to the deceased;
    b) a breach of that duty of care which;
    c) causes (or significantly contributes) to the death of the victim; and
    d) the breach should be characterised as gross negligence, and therefore a crime.


  3. You’re asking the government to investigate itself, which is why this petition is no more than a gesture. What’s needed is a class action by citizens who have lost loved ones to the DWP/ATOS regime.


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