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Ill health retirement

Jon Poole

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199643240.003.0027

Series: Landmark Papers

Ill health retirement

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Doctors who give advice to pension scheme trustees or administrators should be aware of the eligibility criteria for that scheme and the meaning of terms used in the regulations, the statutory guidance, or explanatory notes published by the scheme. Most schemes require that the doctors who act as their medical advisors have a qualification in occupational medicine. The evaluation of evidence in support of an application for IHR should be robust but fair and care should be taken to avoid conflicts of interest for doctors involved in the treatment of the patient. The medical standards to which doctors work in making these judgements should be explicit and they should audit their rate of IHR against national data, if equitable decisions are to be made and confidence in the process is to be maintained.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Occupational Therapy ; Old Age Psychiatry

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