Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (335)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

341 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will indicate the progress made to date in respect of an application for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this inquiry will be taken as grounds for appeal and-or referral for oral hearing; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35113/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions.

This department received a claim for invalidity pension for the person concerned. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of her claim was examined by a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person concerned is not eligible for invalidity pension as she does not satisfy the medical criteria. The application for invalidity pension was disallowed by a deciding officer. The person in question was notified of this decision and the reason for it.

Further medical evidence was subsequently submitted by the claimant. This additional evidence, along with the original information, was evaluated by a different medical assessor who expressed the opinion that the person concerned does not satisfy the medical criteria. Accordingly, the deciding officer has confirmed the original decision and the claimant was notified of the outcome on 26 June 2012.

The person concerned has been advised of her right to appeal the decision. Should she wish to do so, she has been advised that she should appeal it in writing to the Social Welfare Appeals Office, D'Olier House, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, as soon as possible, clearly stating the grounds for her appeal.