Jardine welcomes benefit assessment changes.

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has welcomed the Government’s decision to improve training for Work Capability Assessments and to keep an open mind on NHS involvement in PIP and ESA assessments in future.

By David Ronald Evans, Mar 07, 2019 1:03

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has welcomed the Government’s decision to improve training for Work Capability Assessments and to keep an open mind on NHS involvement in PIP and ESA assessments in future.

Questioning The Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Sarah Newton MP, Ms Jardine asked the Government to bring assessments back in house.

Poor quality assessments meant almost three quarters of Work Capability Assessments were overturned at appeal between July and September 2018.

Ms Jardine said: “Disabled people have lost trust in Capita, Atos and Maximus to get assessments right first time. They need to be confident that they are conducted properly.

“Though I would prefer to see the DWP handling this itself, the indication that the Government has an open mind on NHS involvement in future is a positive step.

“We need action to restore faith in the service.”

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