45. Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will have consultations with the British Medical Association concerning the refusal of payment of sickness benefit to claimants who produce a certificate signed by a doctor.
§ Mr. Rossi
No. Claims to sickness benefit and questions arising out of them are determined by the independent statutory authorities. A doctor's statement—certificate—is an expression of opinion by the doctor giving it. Other relevant evidence must also be taken into account by the statutory authorities in deciding claims to sickness benefit.