MP targets GPs on benefits
An MP has proposed new laws to force GPs to notify the Government of any patient they diagnose with a terminal illness, to ensure the person gets their full benefits entitlement
Speaking after she introduced her 10-minute rule bill last week, Anne Main, Conservative MP for St Albans, said
patients missed out on £200 million a year in disability living allowance and attendance allowance.
She said: 'A GP or other medical practitioner should ensure that the system is at least triggered. After all, those are the health professionals most closely connected with the patient and their family.'
Ms Main added: 'I would love it if GPs stuck up their hands and said we'll make it happen. I can't understand the sclerosis in the system.'
Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC negotiator, said filling in DS1500 forms was part of GPs' jobs but conceded it sometimes didn't happen.
Palliative care elements in the revised QOF would prompt more GPs to use the forms, he added.
The second reading of Ms Main's 10-minute Bill will be heard in June.