A fairly innocuous parliamentary question to Chris Grayling, brings an important issue to the surface again:
There is another complicated area contained within the simple point at 22.214.171.124: “ ....in plain English and free of medical jargon". This is included because DWP Decision Makers are not medically trained. However:
1) This is all very well but is likely to understate or dilute the seriousness of a condition, particularly if concentrating only on its symptoms. An acute spinal problem becomes “back ache” and a brain tumour becomes “occasional headaches”
2) DMs are encouraged to reach decisions proactively and imaginatively. They are for example allowed to undertake their own “research” into a condition using whatever resources they have available, notably the World Wide Web. This is scary enough for a person with no medical training, not to mention issues like:
o Not all websites can be regarded as independent and/or reliable – even Wikipedia needs to be read with considerable caution and there is no guidance provided.
o In some areas there are genuine differences of opinion between experts – how can a DM reach a conclusion?
o Sometimes highly technical terminology is unavoidable or indeed essential for accuracy.
o From 1) above, if the HCP has simplified the condition, the DM may not even be researching quite the right thing.
This is all a direct result of the current “model” and the use of an outsourced private sector supplier.