Often those with real need play down their symptoms and disability for the sake of pride while others with less need may exaggerate for the non dpecialist doctors involved in assessing claims. Using medical professionals already involved with the patient, who have specialist knowledge of their condition could prevent this and mean that assessments are fairer, cheaper, easier while avoiding the humiliation that many claimants feel when examined by 'independant' doctors.
Instead of using non specialists to carry out medical examinations of applicants for DLA and ESA a persons own specialist/s should give the evidence. This would save money and time and would lessen the distress and embarassment of claimants. It may also make it harder for those who fake the severity of conditions for the purpose of gaining benefits and easier for those with genuine need.