Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department provides to (a) departmental staff and (b) employees of (i) Capita and (ii) Maximus on when to contact a claimant's healthcare provider to request medical evidence.

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

The department has clearly set out the requirements for when DWP and/or the Assessment Providers should request further medical evidence.

DWP/Assessment Provider Health Professional will consider obtaining further evidence if there is a significant gap in the available information, there is doubt about the level of function or if it is required in order to provide robust advice. There does not need to be independent corroborating evidence if the available information is comprehensive, clearly outlines the extent and nature of any functional problems and, above all, is consistent with the claimed condition(s).

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