Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the (a) quality, (b) validity and (c) reliability of the (i) work capability and (ii) personal independence payment assessments.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department is committed to ensuring individuals receive high quality, objective and accurate assessments. We continue to work extensively with providers to make improvements to guidance; training and supplier audit procedures in order to ensure the quality of the services is continuously improved.

All elements of the providers performance are monitored including the requirements for the quality of assessments, which are assessed through independent audit, with feedback provided to the provider.

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