Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on enabling registered medical practitioners to make clinical judgments about whether illnesses are terminal.

Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will ask the Scottish Government for advanced sight of the guidance being developed to enable registered medical practitioners to make a clinical judgement on whether an illness is regarded as terminal.

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

It is for the Scottish Government to decide their policies on the devolved matters under the Scotland Act 2016, my Department is working closely with them. The Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare is the forum in which exchanges take place at Ministerial level and officials from the two governments work closely together, including on matters which have an effect on reserved benefits. This includes assessments relevant to disability and carer benefits.

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