Letters Assessing the ability to work

How helpful is disability label?

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39520.537778.3A (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:630
  1. Anthony N Williams, consultant occupational physician
  1. 1Working Fit Limited, PO Box 389, Temple Ewell, Dover CT16 9BF
  1. tonywilliams{at}workingfit.com

I write with reference to Verbeek and van Dijk.1 For incapacity benefit, where no “factual evidence” is available, the assessment is based entirely on what the claimant states in a questionnaire, and how they perform on the day of the assessment.1 2 In other words, they have an incapacity if they say they do and if they perform …

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