Guidance on failure to attend a medical for assessment of LCW

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please send me any internal guidance/operational instructions issued to Decision Makers or DWP staff, which is not available as part of the Decision Maker's Guide or Advice for Decision Makers and which concerns when good cause for failing to attend a medical examination should be accepted and/or how this should be considered.

In particular please send me any guidance on how such staff should deal with repeat failures to attend medical examinations.

In a number of cases I have now seen submissions to appeal tribunals or other correspondence with claimants which asserts that good cause will only be accepted on a second or subsequent occasion if there is specific medical evidence that the claimant was unable to attend on the particular day of the appointment. Please send me any operational instructions that have been issued on that particular point.

Please send me any template submissions which are used for appeal tribunals on cases involving failure to attend a medical assessment and which are not publicly available.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Williams

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John Slater left an annotation ()

You might want to take a look at the following requests for information related to deferring a WCA:

Basically there is nothing in law preventing people from deferring a WCA multiple times. The DWP insistence on it only being allowed once & only with medical evidence subsequently is just an internal policy.

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