Hope I've got this in the right place, but would very much welcome responses.
I have been on DLA LRC, indefinite award for many years following problems caused by injury to my neck after a car accident.
My symptoms very gradually progressed to the point where I requested a review, with the help of the CAB. I would perhaps not have left it so long if I hadn't been so worried about loosing the small award I had.
Initially, the decision maker said "no change" so I requested an appeal, this was 6 months ago.
On Saturday I received a letter from ATOS asking me to attend a medical 30 miles away this Friday.
I have rung to say that I can't make this, mainly as I wouldn't be able to get back in time to collect one of my children from their residential school trip, but it has set me thinking.
I've read some pretty dreadful reports about ATOS medicals. The system just doesn't seem to be supportive of people with needs at all, it's just a lottery.
DLA requested further reports from my GP and Chronis Pain Consultant and now this!
I have just had a call from ATOS offering to send a taxi to collect and return me at their expense....now I'm really nervous!
Any words of wisdom?