Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (266)

David Stanton

Question:

269 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Social Protection the reasons a decision was reached following a medical assessment to remove a person (details supplied) in County Cork from illness benefit despite documentation from a consultant expressing the view that the person was incapable of resuming work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34541/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

Eligibility to illness related benefit is determined by its severity and expected duration of the illness. This case was assessed by a Departmental Medical Assessor all of whom are trained in disability evaluation. The medical assessment is made in accordance with the Departments evidence based medical guidelines and protocols.

In this case guidelines and protocols were followed and the Medical Assessor concerned was of the opinion that the person concerned was fit for work after reviewing all medical evidence including evidence from Professor Michael G Molloy dated 20 March 2012 and after carrying out a clinical medical assessment.