ATOS – Expecting Miracles

From the  xmas edition of Fortean Times (#309) – available from all good newsagents (and W.H. Smiths).

In an assessment for Employment Support Allowance, Gary Swift, 40, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, who was born without a right arm, was asked (in all seriousness):

“Do you expect your arm to grow back within the next two years ?”

The interviewer was an employee of Atos, a company that runs the assessments for the Department for Work & Pensions.

Well, they do say you could wheel a week-old corpse in front of Atos and they would pass it fit for work… growing a new arm seems quite a minor expectation by comparison.

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