Certification - Patients Claiming Benefits
Practices are not obliged, either by statute or contract, to complete reports requested by organisations assisting people with their claims for benefit. Practices may choose to do so and may charge a fee. Welfare Rights and CAB usually say that they are not in a position to pay a fee.
If a claimant is turned down for a benefit after making an application without a report from the GP, s/he can appeal the decision. If the appeal comes before a Tribunal and the Tribunal feels that it would be helped in its decision making by a report from the GP, the Tribunal is entitled to request such a report from the GP and will pay a fee.
We are indebted to Derbyshire LMC for this advice:.