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[Opt-In Consent] Medical evidence and "external medical professionals" for Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment Assessors

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

With regards your reply in 'The UC50/ESA50 Work Capability form Declaration, that are claimant signed and dated' FOI2019/28755, which says:

"However, because external medical professionals are bound by the duty of confidentiality, those medical professionals need the claimant’s consent to release the medical evidence to DWP. DWP therefore collects this consent on behalf of external medical professionals by including this wording in the ESA/UC50 capability for work questionnaire. "
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Can you advise whether your reference to "external medical professionals" is referring to Work Capability and Personal Independence Assessors who are "medical professionals"? Or the term "external medical professionals" is only concerned with claimants own Doctors like their GP or Hospital Consultants or Nurses. Are your Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessors who are or are not "external medical professionals" "bound by the duty of confidentiality" and as such these Assessors must obtain claimants consent to 'release medical evidence to DWP'?

Can you please describe all of the professionals the DWP consider to come under the term "external medical professionals".

On a final note can you advise whether the DWP is currently revising how it obtains claimants opt-in consent to process PIP claims and assessments with regards obtaining and sharing (processing) claimants medical personal data (evidence), to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018/GDPR?

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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