Consent to Notify GP of outcome of Work Capability Assessment
A relatively recent change to UC50 and ESA50 is that there is now a section asking for consent to informing a claimant’s GP of the outcome of a work capability assessment. I have been advising that the client does not need to give this consent - and had negative experience in the past of the DWP writing to a GP telling them to no longer complete fit notes which has caused problems while they have been trying to challenge a work capability decision.
I rang Jobcentre Plus helpline today to chase up a claim for a client in relation to delays in payment. The client had also told me that the DWP had been trying to get in touch with her, they said, urgently. I had thought it was something to do with the payment but apparently not. The call centre adviser said that they were trying to contact her to encourage her to change her answer to the question and to give consent to their writing to her GP. I was told this was because if she didn’t, her record would be moved onto a “Clerical” record and there could be “Difficulties further down the line”. When I sought clarification as to what this meant, they would not tell me and said they needed to speak to the claimant direct.
Does anyone know anything about this?
And yet the form itself clearly states
“You do not have to give your agreement, if you do not agree it will not affect your claim for Universal Credit.”
...had negative experience in the past of the DWP writing to a GP telling them to no longer complete fit notes which has caused problems while they have been trying to challenge a work capability decision.
Claimants who are employed continue to need Fit Notes to give to their employer and having DWP tell GPs they don’t need to do them isn’t helpful.
See also this thread
BTW, I did an online NSESA claim with a client yesterday and the consent thing is on there too.