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Over 11,000 medical assessments until September this year

There were 1,191 illness benefit payments discontinued following these medical assessment reviews to the end of September.

There were also 1,372 medical assessment reviews of disability allowance claims to the end of September, with 58 disability allowance payments discontinued following these reviews.

Medical assessment may be carried out to determine an individual’s continued eligibility to illness benefit or disability allowance.

These assessments are carried out by doctors in the cases of illness benefit claims. Illness benefits include disability and carers’ allowances, among other payments.

In August MI reported that plans to recruit agency social welfare medical assessors (MAs) to the DSP have been shelved for now. MI had reported in May 2015 that the DSP had received three responses following its original call for applications to provide MAs. The three responses all came from private companies.

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