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TOPIC: Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal.

Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17766

  • ken
Does anyone know the exact legislation for who can be a doctor at a tribunal?

Like the DWP have legislation for who can perform benefit medicals, ie what qualifications, length of service, etc a person has to meet and maintain in order to be appointed/approved for the role.

I would assume, that it should be at least someone who is currently working as a GP at the very least, who is licenced to practise medicine etc etc?

Anyone know for sure?

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Re:Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17798

  • ken
Its just because the person sitting as the doctor on my tribunal does not hold a licence to practice medicine....

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Re:Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17803

  • Survivor
Why assume they need to be licensed to practice? A person could have maybe as many as forty years experience as a doctor and then stop practising and carry on doing things like tribunals or academic work. Paying for a license is horribly expensive.

Also why would it have to be a GP? Surely there are other specialities that would be relevant such as occupational health?

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Re:Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17805

  • Survivor
I just found the statutory instrument on it. - Statutory Instruments 1999 No. 991
The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999. See s33.

www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/99099105.htm#35

This says that the doctor has to be "medically qualified".

It doesn't specify any particular further qualifications and doesn't say that the doctor has to be currently practising as such.

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Re:Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17808

  • Survivor
I just found the statutory instrument on it. - Statutory Instruments 1999 No. 991
The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999. See s33.

www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/99099105.htm#35

This says that the doctor has to be "medically qualified".

It doesn't specify any particular further qualifications and doesn't say that the doctor has to be currently practising as such.

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Re:Legislation regarding doctors at tribunal. 8 years 7 months ago #17809

  • ken
Thanks, I was wondering, it just seemed odd, as without a licence you cannot sign statutory documents, nor practice any medicine, I would have thought that a tribunal document would count as a statutory document (but not sure of all the legalities), plus you could be qualified, but not keeping up to date surely?

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