Where in DWP guidelines does it state that DWP can insist GP's do not send evidence of illness to DWP to back up claimants case?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
For example:
A claimant has a long term illness and is signed off work by GP, Assessment report finds him fit to work, DWP contact GP to stop giving sick notes despite his illness, please forward a copy of legislation or guidelines setting this out.
A claimant asks his GP for evidence of illness, GP refuses because DWP have told him not to provide evidence, where in the guidelines or legislation is this set out?
Please forward copies of each of these guidelines/legislation

Yours faithfully,

Trudy Baddams

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

YOU CAN prevent the DWP interfering in the patient/doctor’s relationship

#DoNotConsent to Doctor/GP being told your Work Capability Assessment decision…
If you #DoNotConsent to your GP or any other Doctor being told [via Form ESA65B] the outcome (determination) of your Work Capability Assessment (WCA), you can choose not to give consent [1] in the first place or withdraw consent [2] later on with these suggestions:

RE: Form ESA65B
http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper... (pdf)

"Where an ESA claimant has been found capable of some work following a WCA, a form known as the ESA65B is sent to the claimant’s GP to advise them that their patient is no longer entitled to ESA and that there is no need for the GP to provide any further fit notes relating to their disability or health condition."

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Update: ICO tells DWP to “stop” issuing the #ESA65B ‘fit-note’ letters

ICO forces DWP to require claimant consent (“opt-in”) before #ESA65B ‘fit-note’ letters can be sent to GPs