HC Deb 25 February 2003 vol 400 c488W
Kevin Brennan

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of targeted audits carried out by medical services have been categorised as grade C; [98423]

(2) how many targeted audits have been carried out on medical service reports in the last five years; [98424]

(3) what plans he has to reform the assessment procedures of targeted audits on medical assessments of claimants by Medical Services; and if he will make a statement. [98425]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

A total of 122,205 cases have been randomly audited since 1 September 1998, of which 5,134 were found to be C Grades, a proportion of 4.2 per cent.

The medical quality audit process has been shown to be robust and reliable, and there are no plans to change it. The Department is working with Medical Services to ensure that timely and robust remedial action is taken with doctors who fail to meet the required standards.