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DWP admits it carried out seven peer reviews while Harrington was investigating the work capability assessment (WCA).

What: In a freedom of information response, DWP admits that there were seven peer reviews that mentioned the WCA in the period from February 2012 until Professor Harrington submitted his final review of the WCA later that year. It adds: “The Department does not hold any information to confirm or deny whether these Peer Reviews were shared with Professor Harrington.”

Why significant: The existence of peer reviews into deaths linked to the WCA was not mentioned in any of Harrington’s three independent reviews of the WCA.


Harrington peer reviews, 2016