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Disablement (Assessment)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Pensions if he is prepared to consider the cases of ex-service men who have been deprived of their pension or had the same reduced and are still incapacitated; and, seeing that these cases ought to be the subject of a special inquiry as to their pre-War health, can he arrange for their consideration by specialists skilled in the ailments from which men allege themselves to be suffering?

Every man dissatisfied with the assessment of his disablement has a right of appeal either to a Medical Appeal Board or to an Assessment Appeal Tribunal; and every man who is refused pension on the ground that his disability is not due to service has a right of appeal to an Entitlement Appeal Tribunal. In the case of a Medical Appeal Board a specialist sits on the Board; and, in the other cases, the Tribunal is empowered to consult a specialist when they consider that course necessary. The man's complete medical history, so far as obtainable, is always placed before the Board or Tribunal.

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the advisability of publishing broadcast to ex-service men what the Appeal Tribunal really is for, as so many do not understand it?

I believe it is most important that ex-service men should know their rights and privileges, and we do our best to keep them well informed.