Discredited Maximus adds care inspections to DWP portfolio

This may be a longshot, but can anybody else detect a stitch-up for care services on the horizon?

Maximus runs assessments for sickness benefit claimants – people who need care. Now it will oversee the management of advice on care in homes and hospitals.

Is it paranoid to see a conflict of interest here?

The source article quotes the chair of one service-user network who said his organisation had not been contacted to work in the new system. That may not be enough to condemn Maximus/Remploy – but who will be carrying out the work.

People with a vested interest in saying what Maximus/Remploy wants to hear?

The care watchdog has been criticised for awarding a discredited outsourcing giant new contracts to manage the use of service-users as expert advisers in care homes and hospitals.

Two-thirds of the new contracts to run Experts by Experience – which pays people with experience of using care services to take part in Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections – have been awarded to Remploy.

Remploy, which will start delivering the Experts by Experience programme on 1 February 2016, was formerly controlled by the UK government but is now mostly owned by the US outsourcing company Maximus, which already has a huge chunk of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contracts to provide employment support and assessment services for disabled people.

Since Maximus was awarded the DWP contract to take over provision of its controversial “fitness for work” tests from Atos, activists have repeatedly drawn attention to its troubling history in other countries.

The company has a lengthy record of discrimination, incompetence and alleged fraud in the US and has also been linked with allegations of exploitation and manipulation of government contracts within the Australian welfare-to-work industry.

Source: Discredited Maximus adds care inspections to DWP portfolio

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6 thoughts on “Discredited Maximus adds care inspections to DWP portfolio

  1. Dez

    Yup the strong smell of croney self interest and greed already appearing. Crapita
    started life as a Government offshoot and is still as bad as it was when it started. They all say they can deliver the earth so their paymasters think they are in safe hands but when it comes to delivering a good solid economic service forget it there will be one driver only and that will be profit. No one in the system is fit enough to manage self interest with these opt outs but of course will never admit to making the wrong decision so the poo just gets deeper and deeper until the body bags, adverse media and freedom of information flushes out the bad boys……But nothing will happen when caught bang to rights because there is no alternative so weak slap on the wrist and puny fine. The real solution will hit an accountant one day and will make a brilliant solution…it will be cheaper and more efficient for us to employ this service like we used to.

  2. Florence

    Anything to do with Sue Marsh and her contacts (if she has any left) in the disabilty network of voluntary groups?

  3. Bookworm

    Something evil this way comes. This could be the very beginning of the next big care scandal to hit the headlines.

  4. Mr.Angry

    Why on earth don’t the Tories just hand the keys of No 10 to Obama and be done with it then sell off the houses of parliament to the private sector. At least we would all know where we stand.

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