Thank you for your request for information about the following:
‘Please can you confirm details of the Medical assessors dealing with all claims for the Covid-19 vaccine damage payment scheme VDPS since the NHSBSA took over the scheme in November 2021.
1, Name of company?
2, Date of contract, start to end?
3, How many medical assessors are employed to work on the Covid-19 vaccine claims?
Please provide figures for each month since the start of the contract to present.
4, How many claims are each assessor appointed at any one time?
Please provide figures for each month since the start of the contract to present.’
Your request was received on 24th October 2022 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Crawford and Co.
Start Date: 21 March 2022
End Date: 20 March 2027 (and in the event an Extension Period is exercised by the Authority the End Date shall be 20 March 2028 or 20 March 2029).
I am writing to advise you that the information you requested is not held by the NHS Business Services Authority. However please see below for an estimate.
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) administers the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) on behalf of DHSC and contracts a third-party supplier to carry out medical assessments. Based on the current number of completed assessments each week, we estimate that on average, from their pool of approximately 40 trained assessors, an equivalent of 11 full-time equivalent working hours is spent carrying out medical assessments. This is a tenfold increase since NHSBSA took on the scheme in November 2021.
I am writing to advise you that the information you requested is not held by the NHS Business Services Authority. The number of cases assigned to an assessor is managed by the third party medical assessment organisation. We understand that this figure can vary at any given time depending on the volume of claims. As such we do not hold a figure for this.
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