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Sickness Benefit

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will have consultations with the British Medical Association concerning the refusal of payment of sickness benefit to claimants who produce a certificate signed by a doctor.

No. Claims to sickness benefit and questions arising out of them are determined by the independent statutory authorities. A doctor's statement—certificate—is an expression of opinion by the doctor giving it. Other relevant evidence must also be taken into account by the statutory authorities in deciding claims to sickness benefit.