Medical certificate for terminally ill abuse victims

  • Date: 29 April 2019

TERMINALLY ill patients in Scotland who suffered childhood abuse in care must ask their doctor to confirm their condition to claim priority compensation.

A financial redress scheme for survivors of childhood abuse in care was launched in October 2018 by the Scottish Government. Under the terms of the Advance Payment Scheme, terminally ill patients and those aged over 70 are being prioritised for payouts.

To determine that someone is terminally ill and eligible to apply for compensation, the Scottish Government has developed a “straightforward and simple” medical certificate for doctors.

GPs and specialists on the specialist register will be given a fee for filling in the form, in line with current DWP guidance.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website

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