(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
UPDATE: There will be a day of action across the UK against Maximus on the 2nd of March – more details here: Your all-in-one guide to the Maximus Day of Action
In march, a US firm called Maximus will take over from discredited French firm ATOS to carry out fitness-to-work assessments for disabled and sick benefits recipients.
And from this month any employee who is sick enough to have to claim sick leave from work for more than 4 weeks will be assessed – mostly by phone – by employees of MAXIMUS.
Apart from the ludicrous assumption that sick people can be assessed over the telephone, for some reason, when the UK government decided to hand the lucrative contract to run the service over to MAXIMUS, they also decided to ignore the numerous scandals that have embroiled the company in the US.
Here are just a few examples:
MAXIMUS also likes to give a LOT of money to right-wing politicians in the US – especially ones who are keen to hand over massive state or federal contracts to it.
Why is it that politicians in the UK always seem to LOVE copying all the worst aspects of US politics?
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