Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (882)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

882. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision on an illness benefit claim can be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [23588/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Payment of Illness Benefit to the person concerned was disallowed by a deciding officer following an examination by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that she was capable of work.

A letter issued to the person concerned on the 17th April 2019 informing her of the decision and that her Illness Benefit payment would cease from 26th April.

At the request of the person concerned, a deciding officer reviewed the decision taking into account further medical evidence supplied. However, the original decision was upheld.

An appeal was lodged with the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 29th May and the case was sent for medical review on 5th June.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.