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Case studies needed re restrictiveness of 6 month rule in terminal illness



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Following its report on Universal credit and disabled people the Work and Pensions Committee has contacted NAWRA asking for case studies which demonstrate some of the inflexibilities in the current 6 month rule and in the operation of it by GPs etc.

One of the recommendations in the report was -

We recommend the Department adopt the approach taken in the Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018 in determining who can use the SRTI. This would permit claimants to use the SRTI if: “It is the clinical judgement of a registered medical practitioner that the individual has a progressive disease that can reasonably be expected to cause the individual’s death”

- but the government rejected this saying it expects clinicians to take a flexible approach.

The Committee now want evidence of cases where this isn’t working. Please can you direct message or email them to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ideally by 19 April (end of next week) as it’s quite a short turnaround for me to collate them and get them to the Committee.