Yes, I wonder why they keep putting off the "roll out". The idea of the
ESA regime was to save money, I think it is costing far more to run due
to the amount off appeals they are getting.
I can only guess but I don't think it will be relaced, the government
are real thickos when it comes to saving tax payers money, they may
widen the scope of the medical assessment not fail people who are
clearly ill and bound to win at tribunal.
The DWP admitted that those assessing whether or not someone is
deserving of incapacity benefit do not need to be trained doctors.
The FOI says “unlike the more widely known type of examination
undertaken by a customer’s GP, the assessment is not concerned with
diagnosis or decisions about treatment and therefore specialist
diagnostic qualifications are unnecessary.”