Letters

Prescribed diseases yield substantial compensation

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.691b (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:691
  1. Julia Wilkinson
  1. 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 …

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