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TOPIC: PIP : So I'm being sent for another "medical"

PIP : So I'm being sent for another "medical" 1 month 19 hours ago #203528

Well, I'm not sure if I did the right thing, but this is how it went.

I told the call handler I wanted to cancel the appointment and set another, because I wanted to get a doctor's letter, so I could get a home visit. Also because it wasn't the time of day I'd requested.

He said if I wanted a home visit, I'd have to answer a questionnaire over the phone, and after they'd assess my needs and maybe talk to my doctor and then decide. He told me that if I set a date for second appointment, I'd HAVE to attend it, or that was it, PIP cancelled.

I opted not to believe this and set a date in January instead, with an eye to cancelling when I get the doctor's letter...

It was a tough decision, I was getting put on the spot, and I didn't know if what I was being told was 100% correct. Unfortunately my decision making when I need to make a quick decision isn't always the best...

The reasons I decided to go against what I was being told were:

a) I was already feeling crappy, and didn't feel like answering a lot of questions over the phone. I generally hate doing anything over the phone, anyway. I felt I could make a better case by letter
b) I felt like I was being put on the spot and was being pressured into something. It didn't seem fair to be given this, more or less, ultimatum
c) I thought if I agreed, I was giving them full control of the outcome, they might not go to my doctor, or might ask her the questions that would suit them, not me, so they could refuse me.

So, have I screwed up, or did I do the right thing?

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PIP : So I'm being sent for another "medical" 1 month 9 hours ago #203537

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You're OK this was a first appointment, but you will have to attend the new one unless a home assessment is granted, so you need to chase your GP for a letter.


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