Psychologists Call For Reform Of The Work Capability Assessment

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385294_195107567306966_1850351962_nThe British Psychological Society (BPS) have called for an “end-to-end redesign” of the Work Capability Assessment in a new briefing paper.

The BPS cite a growing body of evidence that seriously ill people are being inappropriately subjected to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). It also argues that the WCA does not effectively measure fitness for work and that its application is producing inappropriate outcomes for claimants.

There is a quote in the BPS report about the conclusion of the 2014 (July) review of the WCA by the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, that says:

“Simply rebranding the WCA by taking on a new provider will not solve the problems… This will be time consuming and complex, but the re-designed ESA assessment processes needs to be in place by the time a completely new contract, involving multiple providers is tendered in 2018.”

The British Psychological Society strongly…

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