require any medical practitioner who diagnoses a terminal illness in a patient
to inform the Secretary of State; to require the Secretary of State to give the
patient information about his entitlement to, and a claim form for, attendance
allowance and disability living allowance; and for connected purposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Duty to provide information to terminally ill patients about entitlement to
attendance allowance and disability living allowance
Any medical practitioner who diagnoses a terminal illness in a patient must
notify the Secretary of State that the patient is terminally ill as soon as
reasonably practicable after the patient—
has been informed of the diagnosis, and
has consented to the notification.
A notification under subsection (1) must be made in such manner as may be
prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State by statutory
For the purposes of subsection (1) “terminally ill” has the same meaning as in
section 66(2)(a) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4).
The Secretary of State must, as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving a
notification under subsection (1), send the patient to whom the notification
such information as the Secretary of State considers appropriate about
the patient's entitlement to an attendance allowance and to disability
the forms necessary to claim those allowances.