Work Capability Assessment: Multiple Sclerosis

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the Multiple Sclerosis Society's recent findings that almost half of the people with multiple sclerosis surveyed who had had a work capability assessment declared that it had caused their condition to deteriorate or relapse.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

We are always striving to improve the Work Capability Assessment and especially the claimant experience. To this end we have implemented, or are implementing, over 100 recommendations identified following five independent reviews. All assessments are carried out by health professionals trained in Disability Assessment Medicine and receive guidance for medical conditions which include fluctuating conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis.

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