19094 – Ill health pensions

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Ref: FOI/19094

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 29th July 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many West Midlands Fire Service employees have been retired early to pension due to ill health?

Reply

The number of West Midlands Fire Service uniformed employees currently in receipt of Ill Health Pensions is 738.

Since 2013 the number of support staff who have retired on ill health grounds is 5. We do not hold information before prior to 2013

Request

How many of these have had their pension entitlement reassessed.

Reply

The process for reassessing pension entitlement for uniformed employees was introduced in 2015 and was not to be applied retrospectively. Reviews are carried out after 3 years of ill health retirement being granted.

Since 2018 we have had one ill-health retirement which has been reviewed.

Request

How many of these have had their pension reassessed twice?

Reply

None

Request

How many have had their pension reassessed more than twice?

Reply

none

Request

How much does it cost for an ill health reassessment from the brigade medical advisor? If there is not one fixed price, then what is the average cost per case?

How much does it cost for an IQMP to reassess each individual? If there is not one fixed price, then what is the average cost per case?

Reply

The costs of an ill health medical appointment by the brigade physician obviously varies from case to case, how complex the issues are and how many times they are seen in OH.

As a guide the initial appointment of approximately one hour at a cost of £216.00, the reports from GP and Consultants will have their own individual costs of anything from £50.00 upwards.

IQMP costs are on an individual basis dependant on the work required, the current IQMP is £150.00 per hour.

Request

What budget does the BMA / IQMP costs come from?

Reply

Medical Budget D389, this budget is used for a variety of medical related expenses

Request

How many retirees does WMFS currently have a recommendation to reassess from a medical professional?

Reply

None

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

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