Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

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

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will undertake a review of the accuracy of the assessments made by personal independence payment assessors.

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

We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality, objective assessments. All Health Professionals who undertake the assessments 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.

All Health Professionals undertaking PIP assessments are highly trained practitioners who must have at least 2 years post full registration experience or less than 2 years by individual, prior, written agreement with the Department.

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