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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 315.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  further to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 15 March 2012, her views on a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16603/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Applications for disability allowance are assessed on a case to case basis by one of the Department’s medical assessors who are all fully qualified medical practitioners and who have training/experience in human disability evaluation. The medical assessor’s opinion is based on information provided by the person’s treating physician in the medical section of the application form. This information includes detail on medical history and investigations and detail on medication and treatment and a competency grid to gauge activities of daily living. Any specialist medical evidence supplied is also reviewed by the medical assessor.

All medical evidence is reviewed by the medical assessor in accordance with Department’s evidence based medical protocols and guidelines.

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