DUPUYTRENS CONTRACTURE – GOVERNMENT REJECTS MEDICAL EXPERTS ADVICE

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The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommended that the condition known as Dupuytren’s Contracture should be Prescribed as an Industrial Disease. The government have rejected this advice saying, “Only after full consideration of the impact is the Secretary of State in a position to decide whether to accept or reject a recommendation from IIAC and to agree to amend the prescribed diseases legislation.”

“The recommendation has been carefully considered but it has been decided not to add Dupuytren’s contracture to the list of prescribed diseases.”

The ‘impact’ for those suffering from the condition, brought about because of their employment, is disability. The government go on to give the reason “The Government currently spends £900 million a year supporting people with disabilities and health conditions through Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. It wants to continue to help as many people as possible, and ensure that it is targeting support to those with the greatest needs.”

NUM Secretary Chris Kitchen

So, the ‘target’ does not include accepting evidence that Dupuytren’s Contracture should be Prescribed as an Industrial Disease.

The Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in accordance with Section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 considering prescription for Dupuytren’s contracture in workers exposed to hand-transmitted vibration was presented to Parliament in May 2014.

NUM Secretary Chris Kitchen said ‘The NUM have always demanded that the IIAC report be accepted but now after almost FOUR years since the report was published and despite the many requests, the government have finally decided to let people know that those suffering from a condition clearly caused by their employment cannot claim for it as an industrial disease, despite evidence to say it is. This once again shows contempt for the working person. Governments bailed out the banks to the tune of £850 BILLION tell us that £900 MILLION is targeting those with the greatest needs is as grotesque as it is insulting. The NUM will continue to campaign for this condition to be prescribed as an industrial disease.’