CF Trust Forces DWP To Stop PIP Lung Test

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has taken on the DWP and won in a fight to stop a risky procedure being carried out during personal independence payment (PIP) assessments. The relatively small organisation’s victory over the DWP should be an inspiration to other condition-specific charities with much greater campaigning resources at their disposal.

Claimants with conditions such as cystic fibrosis are routinely required to undertake a peak flow meter test which measures respiratory function.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust member Carrie Griffen told the Trust:

“During the medical exam I was shocked when I was asked to prove my lung function by way of a peak flow test. I was hesitant as the bag containing the mouth piece was not sealed so I’m not sure it was sterile and no nose peg was provided so didn’t really see that this test was accurate or relevant. At…

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