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CarerWatch Discussion Forum Taken Down

carerwatch.jpgCarerWatch, an internet forum for sick and disabled people and their unpaid family carers, has been taken down due to a threat of legal action by ATOS healthcare.

CarerWatch has said
it is unable to get in touch with all members for the moment because contact details were lost in the sudden shut-down, but has published its letter to the ATOS legal department, urging the importance of the forum to so many lives:

“We have many members who are very fragile and the sudden disappearance of a support group has caused a lot of distress and fear. Some are ringing us in tears. We cannot get in contact with all of them though as we have lost their contact details through the closure.


“All this distress could have been avoided if you had had the courtesy to contact us first and tell us what had been posted on our site that you considered libellous. Obviously if any post was possibly libellous we would have removed it and all this distress could have been avoided.”

Community Care is trying to get more detail about ATOS’s reasons for taking legal action, but even CarerWatch is in the dark for the moment. A forum spokesman told ComCare: “The only detail we know was given to us by our hosting company, who said: ‘ are under threat of legal action by ATOS and have been taken down’.”

We are waiting for a response from ATOS.

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One Response to CarerWatch Discussion Forum Taken Down

  1. Alan Wheatley, Green Party member and ESA tribunal victor 12 April , 2013 at 3:02 am #

    It seems that the work of Kafka is relevant to the impact of Atos Healthcare upon freedom of speech.

    Atos and the DWP smear the collective reputation of disabled people, and seek to use the threat of legal action against American web hosts to stop UK-based disabled people and carers fighting back by the most affordable means. Telling the alleged libeller what Atos Healthcare is concerned about seems to be a ploy designed to invoke ever greater fear.

    Meanwhile, there is the currently easily Internet-searchable case of Atos Healthcare administrator Anthony Treasure’s view of disabled people as “parasitic wankers” at a time of ever diminishing legal aid for poor people.

    ESA claimants with legal aid are far more likely to win their appeals if they have legal aid. So the UK government response to the fact that ESA tribunals cost the UK £50m a year is to slash claimants’ entitlement to legal aid.

    Problem solved and ‘final solution’? Never mind the fact of Royal College of Nursing’s evidence to the Harrington inquiry, in which they expressed grave concern about the way Atos Healthcare operates the Work Capability Assessments.