hi, popped into local NHS dentist to ask if i could get treated / check up and if it would cost me, they said it would
be for free as i was on ESA, so they asked for proof, i took esa proof, they signed me up, then i had some treatment, over 2 visits, at no charge.
Few weeks later recieved letter from nhs, routine check unable, so please send proof of esa and fill in questionnaire.
totally forgot about this, was going to go to dentist to sort it out. then i get another letter from nhs, ie pentalty charge notice and fine, totalling a sum of over £300! if dont pay, debt recovery, county court, more charges.
So i go to my dentist with my paperwork, they say if im on esa its fine, there should be no costs and thats its between me and the nhs as dentist did not charge me, so i need to proov to them now. So im now so stressed and already got mental health problems and awaiting urgent psychiatrist help and on some strong medication...i dont how to deal with this.
I cant afford this cost, i only went to dentist as they said it was free to me.
looking at my esa paperwork and nhs letters, i think it might be to do with income based esa or contribution based.
around the same time of dental treatment i was switched from one to another, i believe from contribution to income, but the switch over date was just after dental treatment, but surely the dentist would have checked this? i took some ESA paperwork with me to dentist and they inspected it and gave me the go ahead for free treatment.
the dentist has assured me, all esa claiments do not have to pay, twice now.
do i need to go to cab?
i dont know how to deal with this. i simply can not afford this Fee, i am in debt and cant even afford rent and food, im overdrawn, and on esa, unfit to work, no savings.
can anyone advise please? thankyou