David Cameron has said the company that carries out “fitness-for-work” tests on disabled benefits claimants has to improve its decision-making.
But he rejected an angry call by Labour MP Dennis Skinner, at Prime Minister’s Questions, to “get rid of” Atos.
The Bolsover MP dubbed Atos a “cruel, heartless monster”, referring to a constituent with cancer who had to wait 11 months for an appeal.
The man, a “butcher and farmer in Bolsover”, had now died, he told MPs.
The veteran Labour MP, his face red with anger, told Mr Cameron: “Isn’t it time we put an end to this system, where people that are really suffering should not be allowed an appeal, having to live on £70 a week? Him and his widow.