Prescribed diseases yield substantial compensationBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.691b (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:691
- Julia Wilkinson
- Welfare benefits caseworker Rochdale Citizens Advice Bureau, Rochdale OL16 1RS
EDITOR,—S C Stenton and colleagues suggest that medical practitioners underrefer patients with occupational asthma,1 while D Sen and K Osborne have gathered evidence highlighting general practitioners' lack of knowledge about prescribed diseases.2 Both papers mention briefly that people diagnosed as having a prescribed disease are eligible to claim disability benefit.
The disability benefit awarded to such people can be substantial, especially if they are also awarded a linked benefit, reduced earnings allowance. This is particularly so …