HC Deb 22 October 2001 vol 373 c53W
Mr. Collins

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the work of SEMA doctors for the Benefits Agency in south Cumbria. [7524]

Maria Eagle

There is currently a shortage of examining doctors in south Cumbria. This has resulted in some delay, particularly during the summer months, to the processing of claims for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. SchlumbergerSema Medical Services are actively recruiting new doctors to address the shortage, and as a temporary measure they are planning to use doctors from the North East to cover Cumbria if necessary.