ESA – The Effects Of Cancer Treatments

The DWP has launched a consultation about the effects of cancer treatment on whether someone passes the 2 medical test in the Work Capability Assessment. Here’s the easy read version.

Note—the deadline for submitting views is 9 March 2012.

More clients with cancer are placed in the support group since amendments to the regulations from 28th March 2011 to include those-
(i)receiving treatment by way of intravenous, intraperitoneal or intrathecal chemotherapy; or
(ii) persons who are likely to receive chemotherapy treatment within 6 months. or
(iii) recovering from that treatment and the Secretary of State is satisfied that the claimant should be treated as having limited capability for work-related activity/ limited capability for work.

Macmillan Cancer Support have stated –

‘ …… cancer patients receiving oral chemotherapy are not exempt, and have to go through the medical assessment, even though their condition may be just as debilitating as someone receiving non oral chemotherapy. Similarly, those receiving radiotherapy are also not exempt. Macmillan believes this differentiation between cancer treatments is unfair, and does not have a clinical justification.’

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