Government targets for the provider carrying out fit-to-work medical assessments for people on benefits are too easy, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

The contract to provide work capability health assessments was won by Atos who were warned how difficult it would be to get people off long-term sickness benefits.

Many of the decisions ruling people fit to work have been successfully challenged in tribunals, with almost four out of 10 decisions overturned.

NAO analysis has criticised the government for failing to set challenging targets or enforcing penalties on Atos for ‘under performance’.

Read more about the tests and the NAO analysis on People Management.

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