French IT firm Atos are to employ a team of psychics to carry out Government health checks aimed at stamping out benefit fraud. The company, who carry out the notorious benefit eligibility tests, claim this is part of a new drive to root out scroungers who may not be telling the truth.
After storms of protests and a soaring rate of appeals it seems they are turning to ever desperate measures to strip benefits from as many people as possible.
Atos have been quick to point out that psychics will not replace the short computer test currently used to assess complex healthcare needs, but will simply be an addition to their service. A recent pilot study revealed that psychics were just as able to diagnose conditions and determine health needs as the healthcare professionals Atos employs.
It is believed that psychics may be better able to spot people believed to be cheating the system. A spokesperson for the company said:
“This is simply about providing added value for the tax payer. Psychics will be employed alongside our healthcare staff and will simply be used to add value to our decision making process. All future claimants will have a five minute chat with a psychic who may be able to provide additional insight into their condition.”
Atos have even stressed by this may be beneficial to claimants attending the test. Psychics who are believed to have healing abilities will be specifically targetted. The company claim:
“The existence of faith healing is now an established fact. Whilst psychics will be employed largely to determine whether someone is telling the truth or not, we also hope that they will bring some of their healing ability with them. This will greatly assist us to meet the Government target that no-one should be deemed unable to work after leaving an Atos assessment.”
You don’t need a crystal ball to know this will be yet another disaster for the Government’s welfare reform.