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TOPIC: PIP Medical Date received

PIP Medical Date received 9 months 17 hours ago #178790

Hi Mrs Hurtyback, and my heartfelt thanks for taking the time to reply to my queries.

Upon a quick reflection as to your response, i am not sure how i would be able to understand the distance i would have to walk to the examination room at the designated centre and i guess i will find out on the day. I have found references to others who have attended this centre, but i am not comfortable posting the location here, in case this forum if used by HP's or the DWP (i am not suggesting this is the case at all).

Another comment i noted from others feedback, is that when a previous claimant attended, it appeared the HP was not provided with any documentation in reference to supporting the claimants claims, which is a little disconcerting (perhaps the HP was viewing the documentation via PIPAT).

I intend to take a copy of my form, and the associated documentation that i submitted, and i would duly expect that ATOS, carry our the correct investigation with my doctor. My doctor advised me that the medical process is somewhat shambolic and to not be surprised to have to go to appeal, where he is confident my appeal will be successful, although, the thought of such a life changing scenario sits with me very uncomfortably. It is clear to me, due to the short turn around time, that the GP report has not been requested yet.

In regards to activity, each and every step, is for me uncomfortable, i have a specialised chair at home and i live upstairs in my house, and the use of other chairs, usually leads me to writhe around in discomfort within minutes, so that will be fun during the medical too. So, i am unsure as to how requests for balance are going to go, as i cant stand on one foot at all, unless i am holding onto something.

It is to late for me to formally request official recording of the process. I just want to ensure, that the entire experience, is carried out correctly as per the guidelines set down in the pip-assessment-guide_sept16.pdf

Thanks again for your advice and support.

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PIP Medical Date received 9 months 2 hours ago #178800

You might not be asked to undertake any tests of your balance - this is not a 'medical' in any recognised sense of the word!

Don't rely on your GP being contacted, this only happens in around 25% of cases.

I do hope that everything goes smoothly for you.
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PIP Medical Date received 8 months 1 week ago #180505

An update and a request for information/guidance:

I had my medical 2 weeks ago
(i will post detailed information about the medical once this whole saga is complete. It was a very strange experience indeed), and today i received a letter from the DWP advising that i had been awarded the following:

4 Year award
Standard rate care
Standard rate mobility

Which means my motability car has to go back within 6-7 weeks, i feel so fatigued by the entire scenario that i am just considering just going to get my own transport so i do not have to deal with this again until four years time.

However, with that said, i also feel that i should appeal. The justification for the none award of points for "Planning and following a journey! was as follows

"you can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided"

Furthermore, others comments:

"You were observed to stand from the chair with difficulty using the table to aid you.I have decided that you need an aid to manage these activities safely" however it also says that i "was observed walking more than 20 meters, but no more than 50", which is untrue.

The following confuses me:

"I cannot consider any help you need not covered by the activities for daily living and mobility, including the blue badge scheme and use of taxis or public transport"

I do not understand the statement? I did not submit my blue badge as evidence and it was made quite clear that the use of public transport is a complete and utter no go.

So where do i go from here?

Just to add to the scenario, last week i was also diagnosed with Hemochromatosis and diabetes. One thing after another...

I look forward to your reply.

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PIP Medical Date received 8 months 1 week ago #180516

Hi Fopa,

I'm sorry you did not get the award you believe you should have :(

Your first step in challenging this would be to request a Mandatory Reconsideration. This must be with DWP within 1 month of the date on the decision letter.

Do you have a copy of the assessor's report? If not, I recommend that you request one as it will help you understand why you did not score the points you expected to. DWP usually send them out quite promptly on request. However, do not wait beyond a month to request the MR if the report has not arrived in time. You can tell DWP that you will provide additional information when you have seen the report and they should allow you a bit of extra time.

Do not get bogged down by arguing against every word of the report with which you disagree - use your time and energy to show how/why you should have scored points against the relevant descriptors.

The MR process is explained in the PIP guide.
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PIP Medical Date received 8 months 1 week ago #180607

Can i do the above over the phone for both a reconsideration and for a copy of the med report, or is there a form that i need to complete?

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PIP Medical Date received 8 months 1 week ago #180678

FopaUK wrote: Can i do the above over the phone for both a reconsideration and for a copy of the med report, or is there a form that i need to complete?


You can do it over the phone but we recommend following up in writing, there's no specific form for either request.

Gordon
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