Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the independence of audits carried out on health (a) assessments and (b) reports undertaken on claimants of (i) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

All Healthcare Professionals are subject to on-going audit by our assessment providers to ensure that they deliver high quality assessments. The Department also undertakes independent audit to ensure that the advice provided to the Department’s decision makers is of suitable quality, fully explained and justified.

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