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Re: SMP Report

Post by Urtica on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:33 pm

There exists a provision in the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 for a police pension authority (PPA) to refer any of the statory questions (such as degree of disablement, etc.) to 'a board' of duly qualified medical practitioners. It is regulation 30-(5):

'The police authority may decide to refer a question in paragraph (2) or, as the case may be, (3) or (4) to a board of duly qualified medical practitioners instead of to a single duly qualified medical practitioner, and in such a case references in this regulation, regulations 31 and 32 and paragraphs 5(1)(a) and (2) of Schedule 6 to a medical practitioner shall be construed as if they were references to such a board.'

However, the point is that it is the PPA which has the power to select the members of such a board. That is very different to the SMP making a referral to a specialist of HIS choice.

What this SMP is doing carries no authority from either the Regulations or the PNB agreement. In any case the PNB agreement cannot over-ride the Regulations.

There is no precedent for us to turn to in this situation. The pensioner has genuine concerns that the SMP is acting unethically and perhaps unlawfully. The proper course of action would be to make a formal complaint to the PPA about this. In the meantime, I suggest it would be perfectly reasonable to refuse to comply with any demands by the SMP that the pensioner should be seen by a specialist of his choice. It cannot be expected of anyone to do something demanded of them if it is likely to be harmful to their health.

This matter should be placed in the hands of one of the approved solicitors, whose details are available via PIPIN.

If the SMP feels that he can't make a decision without the opinion of his selected spcialist, then that is a problem for the PPA to resolve. It could be pointed out to the PPA that relationships between the pensioner and the SMP have broken down to such an extent that there is no longer any trust, and that it would be best if a different SMP were to be tasked by the PPA.


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Re: SMP Report

Post by edge on Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:17 pm

After a lengthy IOD process we have heard today that we succeeded at the PMAB for the ILH. Thankyou all for your input advice etc. It's nice to know that three doctors of good standing believed that I'm ill.


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Re: SMP Report

Post by RedDog on Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:50 pm

Good luck to you! I am pleased you eventually got the result you deserved. Many of us have had to battle through this process. What a shoddy and inhuman way to treat injured and vulnerable police officers. The official side should be ashamed of their treatment towards us.


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Re: SMP Report

Post by edge on Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:01 pm

Diabolical/shameful and anything else that you can think of. I really feel a valued NOT.


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Re: SMP Report

Post by Roger Melly on Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:00 pm

The sad thing about it is that the Forces the Federation Individuals and possibly NARPO (but I don't think so) all put good money into a process. At every stage the SMP's health management companies etc all make money. So once again, from my own little planet, is it not in the best interests of the SMP's etc to make bad judgements to increase the longevity of each case and increase revenue. Jump on board the gravy train boys as long as you're in the club. Or am I just seeing things wrong again.

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