http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/benefits-firm-atos-faces-fresh-1119320 By Mark Aitken 12 Comments 15 Apr 2012 10:11 Benefits firm Atos faces fresh row over number of cases kicked out by government EXCLUSIVE: A PRIVATE firm hired to slash sickness benefits has seen the number of cases kicked out by the Goverment triple in a year. A PRIVATE firm hired to slash sickness benefits has seen the number of cases kicked out by the Goverment triple in a year. It is the latest controversy to hit French firm Atos, who are being paid £100million a year to weed out cheats. Figures show 3100 Atos recommendations were overturned in May 2011, compared with 900 in the same month in 2010. Last night, Tom Greatrex, Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said: “The fact the DWP overturn thousands of recommendations shows how chaotic this system is. “Atos get millions to get it right. It’s about time they were made to compensate the taxpayer.” Atos are contracted to re-assess people claiming benefits. Heart attack victims are among those assessed as well enough to work. Earlier this year, the Sunday Mail revealed there were more than 166,000 appeals against Employment Support Allowance decisions in 2010-11, at a cost of £40million. One of the comments to this is worrying if true.. 12:27 PM on 15/4/2012 The government have a remedy. From next April, it's proposed claimants have to apply for a reconsideration from the DWP before they can appeal. There's no time limit on how long the DWP can take to respond. That's right, the right to appeal is being suspended indefinitely. Also no sickness benefits will be made available during this indeterminate period, very ill people will be expected to sign on and prove they're looking for work, work which isn't there and they couldn't do anyway. Expect to see Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan-Smith appearing routinely in the media after April claiming that since the rate of appeals has dropped they've got the Atos tests working properly. Don't expect them to be challenged on this by our supine media either.