PIP/ESA how many decision makers have obtained medical evidence from claimants medical professionals?

Trudy Baddams made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

How many times in the last year per se have decision makers, assessors or any others involved in a claim contacted the claimants own medical professionals for further evidence?

In my friends initial claim the DWP told us they would be collecting medical evidence, is this the guideline supplied by the DWP? To collect evidence direct from the claimants own medical professionals.

Assessors told us they did not get in touch with medical professionals, can you confirm that assessors do not get in touch with the claimants own medical professionals and rely totally on evidence provided by the claimant?

Yours faithfully,

Trudy Baddams

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,
I asked a simple question, the answer should be in the public domain somewhere, please investigate

Yours sincerely,

Trudy Baddams

S. Gwilliam left an annotation ()

Trudy,

The recent Works and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into PIP and ESA assessments asked this question. (With limited sucess).
https://www.parliament.uk/business/commi...

See section 3, paragraphs 33 to 39 of their report.
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...

You may like to take a read of that report.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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Roy Bard left an annotation ()

The annotation from S.Gwilliam I find more illuminating that the response from the DWP.

In the link provided in the annotation it makes it clear that the onus remains on the claimant to provide FME in the majority of cases (despite the fact we struggle to access it)

Yet in a statement today [1] the DWP says:
" This government is committed to ensuring a strong system of support is in place for vulnerable people who are unable to work."

Surely if the above claim is true it should be routine practice for the DWP to ensure that they consider all the evidence available - even if it is not readily available to the claimant.

It also seems that there should now be a serious attempt to keep a central record of all requests for FME made by the DWP and its contractors.

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho...