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TOPIC: ESA newbie

ESA newbie 2 months 2 weeks ago #189024

My daughter has just applied for ESA due to ill health. She's on DLA and a student. She's taken study leave so was accepted for ESA. She's been asked to send in a sick note. Her claim is 3 months backdated. DWP has now asked for sick note from then. My question is who is the best person to give her the sick note? Her 2 hospital consultants know her condition best, but the GP simply has all her records of her condition. Since in future she'll need an assessment does it matter who gives the note? Is it the doctor who signs now who'll be contacted for a report during the assessment stage? I would like her to have a proper and truthful medical report then. Does she have to continually give sick notes till she's assessed? Finally, she's just had a PIP assessment last week to move from DLA to PIP last week. Can this report be used by DWP for her ESA assessment without informing her?

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ESA newbie 2 months 2 weeks ago #189030

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It doesn't matter who issues the Fit Note, however, as it needs to be backdated it will have to be someone who was involved in her treatment three months ago, so if this wasn't the GP then it may have to one of the hospital doctors.

Also, be aware that the first two Fit Notes cannot be for periods longer than three months.

She will need to maintain an active Fit Note on file with the DWP until a Decision on her claim is made and goes into payment.

You can use the PIP report (assuming it is supportive) but the criteria is different from ESA so you/she will need to highlight the areas of crossover.

If she is receiving DLA/PIP then she should automatically be treated as having Limited Capability for Work and be placed in the WRAG. See

www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-he...d-questions-students

Gordon

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ESA newbie 2 months 2 weeks ago #189041

Thank you for replying so soon. Yes, she's been under care of the same doctors since she moved from peads 4 years ago. The hospital doctors gave all the reports for pip and are willing to offer any support. Her condition is from birth so she actually sees these doctors every 4 weeks. I will write about her experience for PIP when a decision is made and she receives her award. So to confirm, each fit note should be for a maximum of 3 months each, without a break? Thanks in advance.

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ESA newbie 2 months 2 weeks ago #189045

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Ladit wrote: So to confirm, each fit note should be for a maximum of 3 months each, without a break?


Just the first two, subsequent ones can be for a longer period.

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