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Certification - Bus Pass

In England, individuals can apply for a bus pass for free travel when they reach the female state pension age, whether they are male or female. The "eligible disabled"  (as described in the list below) may also apply for a pass, and patients may attend with forms for the doctor to sign to prove eligibility. This is a poor use of NHS resources when there are many other ways of proving eligibility without using GP time and resources.

We have provide the following templates which we hope you find useful:

(Our thanks to Dr Terry and partners in Southampton for letting us use their letters to design these templates.)

The Government Department of Transport recommendation to Local Authorities is that GPs should not be used to verify claims and ideally the Local Authority should set up assessment centres for people seeking concessionary passes who do not have other methods of proving disability (such as receipt of invalidity benefit, ownership of a blue badge, etc)

(see sections 24- 26 of this document  Department of Transport Advice to Local Authorities on Eligibility Criteria for Concessionary Travel)

 Eligible Disabled Criteria listed on the government website is as follows:

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Updated on Saturday, 2 May 2020 2941 views