A new scoring system has been created to decide if claimants with mental health issues can get into the support group because of a risk of harm to themselves or someone else. The system has been deliberately designed to make it more difficult for women to qualify than men.
There have also been important changes to the way health professionals estimate how far claimants can walk or ‘mobilise’.
The substantial risk regulations are now one of the most important ways of getting into the support group.
According to the independent reviewer of the WCA, Dr Paul Litchfield, 38% of all new support group entries are on substantial risk grounds . Two thirds of these are decided on the papers alone, without the need for a medical assessment.
The regulations apply where a claimant has not qualified for the support group, but…
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