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Sickness and disability benefits (1 CPD hour)

Dr Jim Sherifi explains recent changes to the benefits system, appropriate charges and a GP’s obligations to claimants





This module will answer GPs’ common questions about benefits, including:

  • Recent changes to the benefit system
  • Charging for extra work undertaken in support of a patient’s claim
  • A GP’s obligations when a patient asks them to support a claim
  • Patients who fail an assessment for benefits

Readers' comments (3)

  • Retired GP and Tribunals Service member...excellent !
    'Copies to all claimants/appellants/GPs'
    Lack of understanding between 'medical diagnosis' and 'functional ability' is clearly shown by Dr Sherifi's analogy. This illustration would help a lot.
    Many appellants are in 'the system' so as to receive payments till appeal heard.

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  • Appellants no longer receive payments until the appeal is heard, which can take over 12 months - all benefits are removed.

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  • Some claimants do get ESA until the appeal is heard. The confusion between the new mandatory reconsideration and the actual appeal which follows is causing confusion for some - once an APPEAL is registered the claimant receives the assessment rate of ESA if the appeal is against a decision that they are fit for work following an assessment with a health care professional - if a claimant does not attend an assessment with an HCP then they will not be paid while they appeal.

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