'Fit-Notes' and ESA appeals: Copies of the "clear guidance for GPs"?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please email me a copy of the "clear guidance for GPs", as quoted below:

“The wording of this letter was discussed as part of these meetings, as both organisations confirm, as was the release of the final letter. Of course, we recognise the concerns of GPs which is why we are discussing a revised letter with the BMA and RCGP and have issued clear guidance for GPs in the meantime.”

With links to this guidance if published online. If this "clear guidance for GPs" has not been published online please advise why and provide details and copies of information held that show it is being directly sent to all relevant individually named GPs, each GP practice and each Clinical Commissioning Group .

Can you provide details of when the UCD83 letter was first introduced and whether it or past versions or revisions got discussed or shown at your 'GP forum' with stakeholders such as the BMA and RCGPs'? Please provide all versions of the UCD83 since its introduction.

UCD83 – WCA Decision – Capable of Work – Do not have limited capability for work

Please also disclose current and past versions of the equivalent version of the UCD83 for ESA claimants and again advise when they first got first introduced and whether any versions or revisions got discussed or shown at your 'GP forum' with stakeholders such as the BMA and RCGPs'? And all other template letters issued to ESA claimants connected to a Work Capability Assessment

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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