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Fury As Nurses Offered Private Healthcare Perk To Become DWP Benefits Assessors

By George Bowden

Atos, the services firm, has targeted NHS staff in benefit assessment job ads.

A major government contractor which conducts disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions is trying to recruit NHS nurses and offering perks including private medical care and company cars.

Independent Assessment Services, owned by French services giant Atos, highlighted the benefits in a jobs listing for the role of a mobile Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessor, which was aimed at health service workers.

Among the perks for the south of England job were “private medical insurance” and a “premium, low-emission company car”.

“No nights, weekends or bank holidays,” it read.

One ad, posted last month to a jobs website, said Atos hoped to employ nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics to carry out PIP assessments, which determine whether a claimant needs extra help.

“Our client is a leading provider of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) health assessment and reporting services on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),” the advert, written by recruitment firm SBJ Medical, said.

The advert said the role requires successful candidates to “complete medical assessments for a broad range of medical conditions”, often in claimant’s homes.

Salaries range from £34,240 in Brighton to £43,870 in the south-east, according to several of similar adverts posted on job sites.

In the NHS, fully-qualified nurses start on salaries of £22,128 rising to £28,746,
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