Process for dealing with individuals 'Retired on Medical Grounds'

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide a copy all processes and procedures for dealing with individuals 'Retired on Medical Grounds', and all advice given to ESA and UC staff on how to handle these individuals.

For example someone who is forced to retire at 45 due to a chronic illness or chronic pain?

How does the DWP track or identify these individuals in the benefit system? Please produce any data or reports gained from such studies?

Yours faithfully,

M Wormald

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Dear Michael Wormald,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 8th

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The conclusion is that the DWP do not track or collect any information on Medically retired individuals.

Apparently Medical Retirement is not considered a reason not to be forced into work! Despite:
The Impact to Health or Safety of the long term sick or disabled.
The complete dis-regard of the impact on the individual's status or continuation of pension payments, if they are forced back into work!
And stress and length of time it takes to get a medical pension in the first instance.

The utter disregard of the genuine medical pension process carried out by numerous medical professionals before awarding the medical pension and the continued review of the patient's health and pension, in favour of the amateurish and ill informed Employment Support (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) process is a constant source of stress and a painful and disturbing waste of the patient's time!

Wake up DWP, put questions about Medical Pension on the ESA50 and UC50!