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Anxious about ESA form, do we need a GP letter?
hello, i've just been told i have to do a new form for a friend who is on ESA contributions based, and has been signed off work since 2000. after he had pneumonia in 2000 he never got well again and lost his job, got CFS, fibromyalgia, sarcoidosis, has had spinal injections for spinal nerve compression and has had a serious and treated episode a few years ago, of hearing voices and psychosis and is on a drug for that too. he uses a wheelchair, if he goes out, but is not self propelling as he lacks the arm strength and he's too dangerous on an electric scooter because of his fatigue affecting his concentration. his mobility is less than 10m (and is on a PIP 'light touch' 10 year award, given only last year for care and mobility - high rate, which in itself is some pointer to his health condition). he's 60 years old, he's incontinent every day due to neurological incontinence, yet still he has to do another form to reach them before 27 december! which as we know means 23 december as there will be no special delivery after that date due to christmas. i have to help him because he cannot write legibly at all, and he is too exhausted by his CFS to do it. i just need to know if i should ask his GP to contribute a letter of support for him. nothing has changed at all since his previous assessment 3 years ago and i had thought he would be on the 'do not reassess needlessly' list but apparently not. he's just had his carers all changed because of government cuts and his new social worker is horrible apparently and made a big mess of his care package which had been running fine under another company for many years. this new SW also got many facts wrong in the care package handover and didnt listen to the actual client involved. i dont know where to turn to best get some new written support for his condition bearing this in mind and would appreciate any advice anyone can offer. thank you. do you think it's a good idea to refer to the PIP award in the ESA form?