Dáil Éireann - Volume 296 - 01 February, 1977
Written Answers. - Disability Benefit.
Mr. Crinion Mr. Crinion
139. Mr. Crinion asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will indicate how a medical referee for disability benefit considered a person (details supplied) in County Meath fit for work when within a few weeks a medical referee for occupational injury benefit decided that he was 40 per cent disabled; and if he will have an investigation carried out in the matter.
Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Corish) Brendan Corish
Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Corish): There were not two separate medical referee examinations of the person referred to by the Deputy. An examination took place on 21st December, 1976, at which the medical referee revised the assessment of disablement and stated that in his opinion the claimant was not incapable of work. As a result of these findings the rate of his disablement pension was reduced to 40 per cent and his disability benefit was disallowed. He has appealed against the disallowance of disability benefit and, in this connection, he will be examined as soon as possible by another medical referee.
Dáil Éireann 296 Written Answers. Disability Benefit.