6 November 1996
What: In November 1996 Dr Sawney added weight to the removal of vital safeguarding for claimants at risk (to their mental/physical health)if required to undertake work as a result of not scoring sufficient ‘point in the scoring of the functional part of the ‘All Work Tests’) from 1995 onwards.
Why significant: It shows clinicians were complicit in trying to neutralise the need for exceptions to be made where a claimant scores insufficient points on the functional assessment but are deemed to be at ‘substantial risk’ (to mental or physical health) if subjected to work. Under the All Work Test/Personal Capability Assessment the exceptions were less commonly applied because the ‘points threshold’ was a more accurate assessment of a claimant’s personal capability. Importantly, this came from the views of clinicians who have a duty of care to those wrongly put at risk.