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What if your assessor turns out to be someone who knows you

sue66sue66 Member Posts: 124 Pioneering
Just a thought but what if in the event your turn up to your assessment and the person taking it knows you, I don't mean a relative but like someone in your own neighbourhood from years ago.


  • worried33worried33 Member Posts: 399 Pioneering
    edited September 2019
    I would speculate there is some kind of guideline related to conflict of interest and they would perhaps be duty bound to cancel the appointment and you to get a new assessor.

    At a tribunal I had it adjourned once as the GP on the panel was from my GP surgery.  They had to swap the GP to another one.
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    I probably would be a little scared but still attend the assessment anyway?
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,592 Disability Gamechanger
    If the person has not seen you for years then I don’t see that it would be relevant unless there’s some specific history between you which might suggest bias. Provided their report contains no internal contradictions I doubt there would be a case here.

    If they were a recent medical professional that you’ve seen then that would be different. Astonishingly there appears to be no publicly available guidance specifically on conflict of interest. Not even mentioned as a bullet point in the serious complaints section. 
  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 836 Pioneering
    @sue66 I'm sure as a conflict of interest they would not be able to assess you. 
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