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House of Commons Hansard
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Work Capability Assessment
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the highest and lowest salaries were paid to (a) doctors and (b) nurses on (i) part-time and (ii) full-time contracts by Atos Healthcare for the purpose of undertaking incapacity benefit and/or employment and support allowance assessments under her Department's contract with Atos Origin in each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement. [324313]

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The DWP do not hold any information regarding the amounts paid to Atos Healthcare staff.

The setting of salaries is a matter between the provider and their employees.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of days worked by (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed on part-time contracts by Atos Healthcare for the purpose of undertaking incapacity benefit and/or employment and support allowance assessments was under her Department's contract with Atos Origin in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [324314]

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The information requested is not collated centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average salary paid to (a) full-time and (b) part-time contracted (i) doctors and (ii) nurses by Atos Healthcare for the purpose of undertaking incapacity benefit and/or employment and support allowance assessments was under her Department's contract with Atos Origin in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [324315]

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The DWP do not hold any information regarding the amounts paid to Atos Healthcare staff.

The setting of salaries is a matter between the provider and their employees.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed (i) part-time and (ii) full-time by Atos Healthcare for the purpose of undertaking incapacity benefit and/or employment and support allowance assessments under her Department's contract with Atos Origin in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [324316]

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The information is as follows:

(a) (i) The number of contracted (sessional) part-time doctors employed by Atos Healthcare is as follows:

End February 2010—644

End February 2009—758

End February 2008—880

End February 2007—978

Please note that not all contracted doctors will undertake ESA/IB assessments—however at February 2010 there were 539 who were.

(a) (ii) The number of doctors who are full-time medical advisers (FTMA's) employed by Atos Healthcare for the completion of ESA/IB medical assessments expressed as full-time equivalents.

End February 2010—242

End February 2009—239

End February 2008—243

End February 2007—240

Full-time equivalents are those doctors who work directly for Atos Healthcare but may have different working patterns.

(b) (i) There are no nurses employed by Atos Healthcare as contracted (sessional) nurses.

(b) (ii) The number of nurses employed by Atos Healthcare for the completion of ESA/IB medical assessments expressed as full-time equivalents.

End February 2010—265

End February 2009—181

End February 2008—104

End February 2007—41