Last Updated: February 28, 2017By

Edward Lee [Image: Family photo].

Joanne Lee Stephens was utterly disgusted and posted on social media disability forum the plight of her brother Edward Lee failing his assessment.


This is my brother Edward Lee who was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and Lymph Nodes.
On the 04/01/2017 my brother was admitted to hospital for an operation to save his life.
On the 5/01/2017 my brother had his operation and very ill when he left theatre.

On the 6/1/2017 ATOS did an telephone assessment to decide his fitness for work.

On the 23/02/2017 DWP wrote back stating that he had scored ZERO points even though he is on very high doses of Morphine as well as other Morphine tablets to kill the pain.

My brother is confined to bed unable to eat still and the cancer has made its way through his neck into the chest
His benefits were immediately stopped and any benefits that were owed were refused.
My brother also has a long list of health problems but ATOS told the DWP his cancer is not life threatening.


The appalling way this government treats very sick people is nothing short of criminal. Many are rightfully denied  support for the state when needed. The state peddles lies about languishing on the state while ‘hard working taxpayers foot the bill is just wrong and not true. Now if you don’t need a DS 1500  to state you have less than 6 months to live  you ain’t dying quick enough to garner state support.


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  1. Prickly February 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Brutal way to treat people. This very ill man shouldn’t even have had to go through an assessment so soon after surgery and whilst on morphine.

  2. wildswimmerpete March 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Appalling. Atos true to form demanding to conduct a telephone assessment while Mr. Lee is recovering in a hospital bed (check above for timeline). Should Atos call by landline, the hospital should’ve blocked Atos’ access. If via Mr.Lee’s mobile he could have just switched off his mobile but of course that means also stopping any legitimate calls.

    “but ATOS told the DWP his cancer is not life threatening”…………..no doubt on the word of a so-called “health professional” especially as cancer doesn’t seem to be in the list of conditions that only an Atos doctor can assess. What about evidence furnished by a qualified hospital oncologist?

    Back in the day the DHSS or Benefits Agency had staff doctors.

  3. Dez March 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    ATOS I cannot find the base words that would go anywhere near describing these low life creatures….they are certainly not part of the human species

  4. mrmarcpc March 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    There have been many people classed fit for work by the tories but they’re not but the tories disagree with medical experts and will continue on with their evil agenda causing more harm, grief and deaths since 2010!

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