‘Fit for work’ assessor suspended for describing examination that did not take place | DisabledGo News and Blog


An occupational therapist who carried out a “misleading” benefit assessment has been suspended for a year after regulators found she reported carrying out a physical examination of a disabled man that did not take place.

Paru Vekaria has shown no remorse over the incident, in which she stated in a written report for government contractor Maximus that she had carried out a detailed physical examination of the claimant.

But both the claimant – referred to as Service User A – and his daughter, who attended the work capability assessment (WCA) with him, said no such examination had taken place.

As a result of her “misleading” report, Service User A was found fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and so ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA).

DWP later rubber-stamped the decision through the mandatory reconsideration process, and it was only at an appeal tribunal eight months later that the decision was overturned and Service User A was found eligible for ESA.

 

Source: \’Fit for work\’ assessor suspended for describing examination that did not take place | DisabledGo News and Blog

One thought on “‘Fit for work’ assessor suspended for describing examination that did not take place | DisabledGo News and Blog

  1. This is blatant fraud and misrepresentation by Paru Vekaria and as such should be treated as a crime, a suspension is nowhere near what she should have been given. It appears she has shown no remorse and certainly no respect for Service User A and thereby will she ever be suitable to conduct herself within the profession of an occupational therapist.

    Again a disabled person has been let down, considerably by the system, but the system appears to go on unchecked, as such is there any reasonable future for disabled people within the UK.

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