MP welcomes review of the application of the work capability test to cancer patients
Andrew Bridgen welcomes the review of cancer patients in relation to the Work Capability Test and the proposals to broaden the range of cancer patients who are automatically placed in the support group thereby receiving long-term unconditional support.
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): As a result of the Government’s review, will the Minister confirm that there is now much better understanding of cancer treatments, and that many people undergoing oral chemotherapy, for example, will now be placed automatically in a support group, which did not happen previously?
Chris Grayling: It is absolutely our intention to include for the first time people going through oral chemotherapy in the support group. The actual detail will be resolved in the review that is being carried out at the moment. We shall publish the outcome later in the summer. I stress again that this Government have broadened the range of cancer patients in the support group who receive long-term unconditional support until they are potentially able to make a return to work.