Letters

Certifying incapacity for work

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.261a (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:261
  1. Mansel Aylward
  1. Principal medical adviser, Department of Social Security, London WC2N 6HT

    EDITOR,—The item in Medicopolitical Digest concerning proposed changes to the certification of medical incapacity for work may mislead doctors about the changes that have been proposed for the introduction of incapacity benefit next April.1 Ministers announced last year that, as part of the changes, the role of general practitioners as gatekeepers to long term incapacity benefits would be greatly reduced. Entitlement to incapacity benefit after the first six months of incapacity will be determined by the application of a new “all work” test. Once this test has been applied general …

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