As far as I can make out, whilst DWP criticises GPs for being too soft (or inappropriately focussed etc. as they would put it), it has not stated categorically that they cannot perform a WCA – they have just not provided them with the wherewithal to follow the “process”. I do not believe Atos has been granted absolute exclusivity.
Many GPs undertake occupational health assignments in the private sector without any additional training and the BMA actively promotes its members’ expertise in the area. There can therefore be no question that GPs are adequately qualified.
So, as long as he follows the DWP format and produces an ESA85, why can’t my GP perform my WCA in the somewhat more relaxing environment at his own surgery? One (minor) issue is that he does not have ready access to the LiMA computer system, but nor does an Atos HCP undertaking a home assessment, so there must be an easy answer to this problem if a system link is not possible.
I'll post the answer when I get it.