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Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the role of local GPs in medical assessments for the purposes of determining benefit suitability.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Any information provided by a claimant's GP is fully considered by the Department's decision-makers, and there are processes in place to request this information where we think it would be helpful. However, GPs usually do not have specialist knowledge of disability analysis or the benefit system. Moreover, as advocates for their patients GPs are not well-placed to give independent advice to the Department on benefit entitlement.

We are revising the forms we send customers to encourage them to submit any additional information, including information from their GP, at the beginning of their claim.

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