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9.2.10 Delegate's discretion/authority to approach Reservist's doctor
The Delegate may exercise discretion to approach the claimant's nominated treating doctors directly for a diagnosis and other related opinions, where direct interrogation appears more efficient. This may be preferable where the 'injury' is in fact a disease and the Delegate therefore needs very specific information. The Authority signed by the claimant at part 8 of the Claim Form D2020 is sufficient to permit a Delegate to make this approach without further approval by the claimant. Note however that the written request to the doctor will need to include a copy of this Authority. While GP advice may be acceptable, a report from a treating specialist (if there is one!) would be preferable.