Dear General Medical Council,
1. What communications might there be between the DWP and a patient's GP or consultant?
2. What communications might there be between ATOS and a patient's GP or consultant?
3. I have heard that the DWP, after a patient has failed the WCA, discourages GPs from issuing medical certificates, as in their view the patient has been found "fit for work" via the WCA. Is this true in any respect?
This is worrying because currently so many ESA applicants "fail" the WCA - many getting 0 points at all - which is a concern for most of the major disability charities.
Dear [P. Smith]
Information request - F11/3923/EH
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Our ref: F11/3923/EH
Dear [P. Smith]
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