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Medical Appeal Boards - 1105/19

Date Responded 18 September 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

From January 1st 2017, until current day, please tell me how many Police Medical Appeal Boards (PMABs) have been conducted in Northumbria following a 37(1) of the Police Injury Benefit Regulations 2016 involving pensioners who have been injured on duty?

What were the outcomes from these PMABs please?

Please list how many of SMP decisions were overturned at PMAB and how many were upheld.

In Response:

I have now had the opportunity to revisit your request and I provide a revised response for your attention.

Please note that we have now assumed that there was a typing error in the reference to the regulations as there is no Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2016, however there are Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. Therefore, our revised response is based on that assumption.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows:

During the period specified there have been:

  • 2 cases which remained Band 1 following an appeal.
  • 2 cases were increased from Band 1 to Band 4 following an appeal.
  • 1 case were increased from Band 1 to Band 2 following an appeal.

 With regards to the above information, the following should be noted:

  • In 2 cases the medical appeal board reached the same determination as the SMP.
  • In 3 cases the medical appeal board reached a different determination to that of the SMP.
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