Step three – Consultation
A consultation was carried out by the Scottish Government's Chief Medical Officer on the statutory guidance that registered medical practitioners and registered nurses must follow when diagnosing an individual as terminally ill for social security purposes. Clinicians who will use the guidance and organisations who will support terminally ill clients took part in the managed (non-public) consultation.
Scottish Ministers have consulted the President of the Tribunals in the making of the regulations that will allow the Tribunal to give a direction prohibiting disclosure of a document or information to an individual at appeal if it could cause serious harm to a person's physical and/or mental health. Members of the National Implementation Group on Terminal Illness were also consulted on this policy and they supported the introduction of measures to ensure that harmful information is not disclosed during an appeal.
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