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Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received by his Department on medical assessment interviews included in work capability assessments, in relation to (a) claimants' experiences of (i) the attitude of the doctor in conducting the interview and (ii) performing tasks at the request of the doctor as part of a physical examination and (b) the accuracy of the records made by the doctor of the (A) responses given by claimants during interview and (B) assessment as a whole. (271105)

Since the start of the employment support allowance up to 23 April, the most recent date for which information is available, the following information is available from work capability assessments:

Claimants' experiences

33 complaints related to the attitude of the doctor conducting the interview; and

27 complaints related to performing tasks at the request of the doctor as part of a physical examination.

Accuracy of the records made by the doctor

62 complaints related to the accuracy of the recording of responses given by claimants during interview; and

27 complaints related to the assessment as a whole.