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GPs struggle to cope with 21% rise in requests to verify work capability since January

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Completion of ESA 113 is definitely not chargeable to patients. Anyone doing so is in breech and should stop immediately. A major part of the difficulty is that it is filled in "without examination" on the basis of medical notes held for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Unsurprisingly these are not to the standard of a "functional assessment"I used to do DSS assessments for some years and it is a different skill set. The current contractor to the DSS are trying to obtain the information without an appropriate examination for the specific purpose. The statement to an individual declined benefit starts " on the basis of a written report from your doctor" but does NOT say the DSS made the call on the facts presented and is detrimental to the doctor patient relationship.

Posted date

21 Jul 2013

Posted time

10:05pm

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