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DLA to PIP 2 weeks 23 hours ago #170691

It is repeatedly said that PIP is awarded on disability, not on illness/condition. I believe that a claimant needs both. And that some conditions are regarded as "more equal than others". So, serious coronary heart disease rings bells at the DWP/ATOS/Capita, in a way that chronic fatigue syndrome or anxiety or fibromyalgia do not.

Your husband, in the last two years, has had a further heart attack [myocardial infarction/MI]. Then two further stents were fitted. Now he awaits the implantation of a defibrillator, "as high risk of going into cardiac arrest due to severe LV"

The cardiologist at the hospital must have written letters about all this to his GP, a letter for each admission and each outpatient appointment.

It is a good idea to ask consultants' secretaries for copies of all hospital letters, so that the letters will be automatically sent to you, and not just sent to the GP.

"He has now also been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis after months of pain and suffering." If this was diagnosed by a rheumatologist or other hospital physician, she/he will have sent a letter to your GP.

Try phoning (but writing is better) the secretaries of the cardiologist and the doctor who diagnosed the rheumatoid arthritis. Ask the secretaries for copies of the letters sent to the GP. Say that you would like copies of all the letters from now onwards.

I understand that a GP practice must provide all his records which are held electronically (including recent ones waiting to be scanned into the GP computer) for £10. And paper records for £50.

But the GP practice may well give you free copies of the recent cardiology clinic letters.

I would enclose a printed list of all his drugs, which may be many, the sort of list generated every month or so by the GP, when your husband requests his drugs. You might write on a separate sheet what each drug is for.

All the above is about showing the DWP/ATOS/Capita that there is a thoroughly medical/disease/illness/condition basis responsible for the disabilities from which he suffers.

I've nothing to contribute about his actual disabilities, except- he may be asked if any health professional has told him to get in touch with the DVLA.
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DLA to PIP 1 week 3 days ago #171021

Finally coming to the end of this dreaded form, I think! It has to be back this Friday the 21st. Just wanted to ask as the gp wouldn't give a letter of support, but did get medical notes off her. As I'm the one that cares for him and no one else knows how he is like at home, I want to send something in myself supporting him. Could you please tell me really what I need to mention as really it is all said in the form. Don't want to feel I'm repeating it all but do feel I should say something. Do you think it is worth doing this?
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DLA TO PIP 1 week 3 days ago #171040

Hi f c,

I'm glad that the end is in sight for you!

Yes, you can write a report from your own perspective, reporting how much help you have to give and why. You should also include a little sentence at the end saying that the statement is accurate and truthful, to the best of your knowledge.
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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DLA to PIP 1 week 3 days ago #171078

Sorry only just noticed your reply Bearer, yes have got all letters and updated prescription. Thankyou.
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DLA to PIP 1 week 3 days ago #171105

Don't ask gp for letter just ask the receptionist for the last few letters copies that have come to them from his consultants,my health centre printed them out for me and gave them to me within 5 minuites .
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DLA to PIP 1 week 2 days ago #171184

So annoyed hubby spoke to gp on phone yesterday as she rang regarding something else. He asked her woukd she do a letter asking for home assesment. She told him to put it in writing to practice manager and they decide and probably a charge. We did this and today was told by practice manager sorry but we dont do them. Told her how the practice had been very unsupportive towards my husband. Which we feel they have! He just doesnt feel well enough to have to go to an assesment centre. Could we request a home visit ourselves?
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