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Mandatory Work and Health Conversation: Consent, right to private life & conscientious objection

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

RE: Mandatory Work and Health Conversation
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

For you mandatory Work and Health Conversation, what legislation can require a claimant to disclose
highly sensitive personal health data or face sanctions for the WHC if they do not wish the DWP to record their health data or treatment related thereto? Will claimants be able not to consent sharing their personal health and medical data on the basis of them wanting to maintain there Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act ECHR Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life and holding a well founded conscientious objection to sharing such data, noting the DWP already hold related data provided in the connected health and disability benefit claim?

When asked WHC questions by your work 'coach', if the claimants says 'no comment' to questions will they be at risk of a sanction? If at risk on what basis c/would a sanction apply and what legislation enables such sanctions?

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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