HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 c1569W
Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity reviews were undertaken in each of the last five years; and what the average time was to complete these reviews in each year. [70836]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The medical assessment procedure involves several stages including gathering information from the person and their GP or other health care professional and arranging and carrying out examinations. The most recent study of a sample of cases found that on average the whole process took 11.4 weeks where entitlement was confirmed and 17.5 weeks where benefit was withdrawn. The available information on the number of medical examinations carried out is in the table.

Number of medical examinations
Year Number of medical examinations
19991 432,210
2000 372,934
2001 455,454


Figures are taken from IMPACT 100 per cent. counts.


1. Figures for the number of medical examinations performed are not available until the beginning of April 1999. Therefore, figures for the period 1 January to 31 March 1999 have been estimated.

2. Figures include Severe Disablement Allowance.