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A Police Pension Authority may in its discretion review your medical unfitness following ill-health retirement, in line with set procedures. It will be assumed that you have been receiving appropriate medical treatment for your condition (unless the Police Pension Authority considers it was reasonable for you not to have done so).

If you are receiving payment of a lower tier ill-health pension only and you have not reached normal pension age (NPA) then the Police Pension Authority may periodically review whether your medical unfitness has ceased or significantly worsened. This review may be carried out at any time the Police Pension Authority chooses.

If following such review the selected medical practitioner (SMP) determines that you have ceased to be medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police force then your ill-health pension will cease.

Your Police Pension Authority may give you notice to rejoin the police force at a rank no lower than the one you held before your ill-health pension became payable.

Your lower tier ill-health pension will then cease to be payable either on the last day of the 3 month period following notice to rejoin the police force or the day you rejoin the police force, whichever is sooner.

If you are receiving payment of a lower tier ill-health pension and your condition worsens within 5 years after the date you were retired on medical grounds, you may be reassessed (upon periodic review or upon notification to your Police Pension Authority that your condition has worsened) and become entitled to an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension if the SMP determines that you are permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment.

If you have a progressive medical condition the 5 year limit will not apply (these conditions are specified in the 2015 Regulations).

If you are receiving payment of a lower tier ill-health pension and an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension and you have not reached your State Pension age (SPA) then the Police Pension Authority may periodically review whether your medical unfitness has ceased or significantly improved.

These reviews may be carried out at intervals of no less than 5 years as determined by the Police Pension Authority.

If following such review the SMP determines that you have ceased to be medically unfit for engaging in regular employment then you will cease to be entitled to an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension.

However, you will remain entitled to payment of a lower tier ill-health pension unless, upon review, the SMP also determines that you have ceased to be medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police force and your Police Pension Authority gives you notice to rejoin the police force.

Where an SMP decides that your medical unfitness for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police force would have ceased if you had received normal appropriate medical treatment, and if your failure to have such treatment is due to your own wilfulness or negligence, you will be warned that a continued wilful or negligent failure to have treatment may result in the termination of your ill-health pension.

If you are receiving payment of a deferred pension on grounds of ill-health and you have not reached your SPA then the Police Pension Authority may periodically review whether your medical unfitness has ceased.

These reviews may be carried out at intervals of no less than 5 years as determined by the Police Pension Authority. If following such review the SMP determines that you have ceased to be medically unfit for engaging in regular employment then you will cease to be entitled to a deferred pension.

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