Parliamentary Question | home assessments for people with ME/CFS | 13 July 2016

The Countess of Mar, Deputy Speaker in the Lords and Chairman of the Forward ME Group, asked the Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Altmann on 16 June (HL502), what provision is made for claimants suffering severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome who are housebound or bedbound and who are unable to attend a face-to-face consultation?

In a written reply provided on 13 July 2016, Baroness Altmann (Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions) wrote:

“A home consultation can be offered where a claimant is unable to travel to a consultation as a result of their health condition or impairment.

“Situations where a claimant may need a home consultation can include where a person’s diagnosis suggests a significant disability that may make travel extremely difficult or the claimant provides evidence from a health professional that they are unable to travel due to their health condition or impairment.”

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