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new doctor wont gove me letter

fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
Hi wonder if any one can help my parter got sent medical assesment for esa he suffers from depression and aniety and had previous heart attak angina dur hes depression he wont attend a medical so i have phoned them he also wont speak to them if they come out  they advised me i need get letter of doctor exsplain hes doesnt go out ect but he old doctor has left im worried new doctor wont gove me letter as hes never seen my partner and they never revived my partner in 4 years even for hes tablets 

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  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,513Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Hello @fiesta56 ; Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    Sorry to hear this.

    I am one of the team of community champions.  We guide, advise and help new members who join.

    I am unsure what to suggest.  There might be members of our community or a member of our team be able to answer.

    We have a mental health member of the team.  @MickConnon_Scope . I have tagged him in.

    He may be able to advise.  Especially the mental health.

    Hope that helps.

    Please ask if we can help with anything further.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman


  • steve51steve51 Posts: 5,775Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @fiesta56

    Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    I am also one of the Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    I’m am very very sorry to see that u are in & right “pickle” at present.

    From previous experience of the “Benefit System”

    I have had to supply a “Doctors Letter” to confirm what “Condition Disabilities” that I have.

    Please please let me know if there’s anything else that I can help you with??

    @steve51 ;

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Are you wanting a home assessment for your partner? If so then yes, a letter from the GP will be needed explaining why they can't attend the assessment centre. If he attends other appointments then this could go against him for a home assessment.

    As a face to face assessment is needed then he will need to attend, whether it's a home or in a centre. If he doesn't attend then he could be found fit for work for failing to attend. Paper based assessments are rare but sometimes if there's enough evidence to do a paper based assessment they will, otherwise they won't.

    Good luck.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,533Administrator Scope community team
    Hello @fiesta56 and welcome to the community. 

    All you can do is ask the new GP and see what they say. They may write the letter based on your partner's medical history/notes, but they may also want to meet him. You could request a home visit appointment from your GP for your partner and discuss it with them?
    Best of luck and please let us know how you get on. 
    Senior Online Community Officer
    Scope
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    My partner gets really worked up on thought doctor coming out I’m hopping they just do a letter as maken me I’ll I requested letter of doctor and still waiting told me ring back next week see if ones been done 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,533Administrator Scope community team
    I hope they get back to you quickly @fiesta56, let us know how you get on this week. :)
    Senior Online Community Officer
    Scope
  • WF2kWF2k Posts: 517Member Pioneering
    A GP should be able to write your partner a letter by looking through his medical notes, I didn't have to go in for my one for ESA, my Son called the medical centre and explained what he needed, despite the receptionist being a drama queen and my Son having to talk to a nice secretary, we did get a letter from the GP for free (some charge), the assessment company then okayed me having a home assessment.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Thank you for your help hopefully do paper Assesment phone doctors this morning receptionist gunna ask doctor look at letter request 
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    It’s been a week tomorrow I requested go letter I need more evidence by 22nd may
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Thanks everyone for help
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    I have phoned doctors I’m still waiting the doctor does in there own time but charges 25 pound a letter been told phone back in morning
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,533Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @fiesta56, did you tell them when you need the letter by and how important it is?
    Unfortunately it has become common practice for GP surgeries to charge for letters.
    Senior Online Community Officer
    Scope
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Hi yeah o told them how important letter is they just said ring back tomorow and it was on doctor taget sheet
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    The assesments on wednesday and no way he attend it they had book another opitment till recieved doctor letfer as this os second apoitment does any one no if stop money straight away
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    I requested letter two weeks tomorow
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Im conserd because  last resort is paper assesment hopefully they grant it as if i had go on  universal credit my partner would not go so how would work because if he didnt go i would get payed  ect as it would be joint claim
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    All i can advise is that you ring the GP again tomorrow and then ring the health assessment providers and explain that the letter is on its way, if you get the letter of course. If the letter isn't sent and he doesn't attend the assessment his file could be returned to DWP and he'll be found fit for work for failing to attend.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    It’s so annoying as when filling in form that he would not attend medical nor would he have home visit still still send appotment out
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    I’m phoned doctor at 5 tonight see if any further forward if not assesment tomorow il ring and tell them he still won’t be attend and still waiting on doctors letter it’s been two weeks now what do you think will happen no way would he sign on and it’s a joint claim I’m so stressed
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    I would advise him to ring the health assessment providers today rather than leave it until tomorrow if that's when his assessment is. Ringing today to explain what's happening and he's waiting for a letter from his GP may help. Tell them also that attending the assessment centre is impossible for him because of his mental health.

    Does he attend other appointments like hospital or GP?

    If he is found fit for work for failing to attend the the process is long and complicated and his money will stop. You really don't want this to happen.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Hi sorry just got this had phone call of receptionist from doctors to tell me the doctor would not right a letter could only right he’s illness etc I said I need letter sayin about him not leavening house etc due he’s mental health anyways she said she would have word with doctor he is gunna right a letter just waitin for it to Ben done appotment tomorrow tea time guna have phone in morning
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    I’m not very happy with doctors my partners has not seen a doctor in he’s surgery since 2012 when he got put on depression tablets it was home visit they have never reviewed he’s depression always just got tablets then had heart attack 2015 manage get him there for bloods then doctor written letter even though he had never met my partner so didn’t have go medical for pip in 2015 he got granted pip without assesment but then ask for a letter no doctor hasn’t seen him so what was different from 2015 because he hadn’t seen doctor in years
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Hi thanks for your help poppy so when I phone I’ll tell them he can’t go due mental health and I’m still waiting on doctor letter i think refers it bk to dwp will they stop money straight away or have so long send doctor letter in
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You need to tell them he never leaves the house and tell them when the last time he did leave the house. Also tell them that you're waiting for a letter from his GP to confirm this. They may send his file back to DWP for failing to attend, if this happens then he could be found fit for work. You really don't want this to happen.

    When the work capability assessment was returned did you send evidence to support his claim?
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    I’m my partners carerer I written letter of me exsplain how he threatend end life etc on regular. ASU’s how doesn’t go out I’m thinking written another letter of myself to go doctor letter don’t they send letter out asking why didn’t attend
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    My partner had a heart atack when was 30 took him 24 hours to go he’s was in agony he’s very kooky to b here
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Only letters have is what they had befor
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Do I think after phon up tomorrow and exspalin he wnt come ext and waiting on doctor letter that they cancel claim 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    The health assessment providers won't do that. They will send your file back to DWP. I'd also advise you to ring DWP as well.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Do u have phone number of atos
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Are you sure it's ATOS? they no longer do work capability assessments, it's now health assessment advisory service. Do you have the appointment letter? The number should be on the top of that. What time is his appointment?
    Their contact number is 0800 288 8777.




  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Thank you I have rang doctor stil not letter she gunna try get letter done today atos are sending it’s back to dwp and then they right to my partner to ask why he didn’t attend etc money won’t be stopped have see if it was good enough reason not to attend 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. As the file is now being returned to DWP they will write to him to ask why he didn't attend the assessment. If they don't accept his reasons they he'll be found fit for work for failing to attend. You will then need to request the Mandatory Reconsideration on that decision. If this happens i urge you to get some face to face advice because your money will stop and if the MR decision doesn't change you won't be able to go back onto ESA while waiting for the Tribunal.

    I would also ring ESA and explain to them that your husband was unable to attend the WCA today and that you've been waiting for a letter from his GP saying he's unable to attend and needs a home assessment. Good luck.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Thanks for all your help he won’t have a home vistit this is my last resort
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. Are you requesting a paper based assessment? Most people have face to face assessments. Paper based only happens if there's enough of evidence.
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
    Hi wondering if any knows I sent form back asking why did not attend esa medical nearly three weeks ago got paid last week and due to b paid next Wednesday stil ain’t heard outx
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,864Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    fiesta56 said:
    Hi wondering if any knows I sent form back asking why did not attend esa medical nearly three weeks ago got paid last week and due to b paid next Wednesday stil ain’t heard outx
    You will need to ring DWP to ask what's going on because unfortunately, no one here will be able to answer that question.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,533Administrator Scope community team
    Give them a quick ring @fiesta56, they should be able to advise. 
    Senior Online Community Officer
    Scope
  • fiesta56fiesta56 Posts: 41Member Listener
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