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Minister defends fit-to-work tests

Unqualified staff carried out assessments

Treasury Minister Eddie Teare says he still backs fitness-to-work tests for those on long-term illness benefits.

This week in Tynwald he apologised for a mistake by Dependability, the company carrying out the tests, which found 20 people fit to work by unqualified staff.

It’s the latest controversy surrounding the tests after a trial with Atos was scrapped and the assessments caused fierce debate in Tynwald and the House of Keys.

Mr Teare, though, says he believes it is the right thing to do:

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