The doctor’s role in the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme

If your patient is diagnosed with Diffuse Mesothelioma:

  • encourage them to claim the appropriate benefit as soon as possible
  • provide documentary confirmation of the diagnosis of mesothelioma

The claim will fail if the medical evidence does not clearly say that the claimant has Diffuse Mesothelioma.

In a tiny number of cases, Centre for Health and Disability Assessments may contact you requesting information about or clarification of the evidence submitted by the claimant. This contact may be by phone.

You will be asked to provide Centre for Health and Disability Assessments with documentary evidence where possible, and in most cases due to the urgency of making a decision on entitlement, you will be requested to supply the information by fax if possible.

Suitable supplementary documentary evidence might include copies of hospital letters, X-ray reports, scans or biopsy results.

If documentary evidence is not available, but the diagnosis of Diffuse Mesothelioma has been made, verbal confirmation of the diagnosis is acceptable.

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Last reviewed:  February 2020