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The Police Pensions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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1.  In this Schedule—

“appeal tribunal” means a tribunal appointed under paragraph 6 of this Schedule;

“final decision” has the meaning given in paragraph 4 (reconsideration of final decision).

“Independent medical referee” (“IMR”) means one (or more) independent medical practitioners appointed by the Department.

“medical decision” means a decision contained in—

(a)

a report by the selected medical practitioner on the question of permanent medical unfitness under regulation 79 (referral of questions to a selected medical practitioner for the purpose of regulation 80);

(b)

a report by the selected medical practitioner under regulation 81 (compulsory retirement of a member who was required to continue to serve);

(c)

a report by the selected medical practitioner under regulation 84 (referral of medical questions for purpose of early payment of a full retirement pension on grounds of permanent medical unfitness);

(d)

a report by the selected medical practitioner under regulation 105 (reduction of pension in case of default) on whether a person has brought about or substantially contributed to the person’s medical unfitness by the person’s own default;

(e)

a report by the independent medical referee under paragraph 2(6) (appeal against a decision of a selected medical practitioner); or

(f)

a fresh report by a medical authority under paragraph 4 (reconsideration of final decision)

“medical authority” means a selected medical practitioner or an independent medical referee.

“PIMR” means where one or more IMRs are appointed by the Department, the Department shall designate one of them as principal independent medical referee.

“police pension authority” means the police pension authority acting in exercise of its function as employer or scheme manager.

“selected medical practitioner” (“SMP”) means a duly qualified medical practitioner selected by the police pension authority or the Chief Constable.

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