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    Meeting some resistance from my GP

    ...for a medical exemption certificate. I handed the application over to the Practice secretary only to have it returned a week later requesting I make an appointment. I asked the secretary if the request for the exemption certificate is usually a straight forward procedure and she said yes, they don't usually request an appointment. I'm getting really annoyed by my practice. They don't check what medical notes are written and they don't prescribe the correct dosages for my medication. My condition is on my notes and it "matches" one of the eligible criteria for the exemption certificate. Should I just go to my previous specialist for the request prior to the appointment/ argument I'm due to have with the GP to prevent any difficulties ?
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    Apologies @Nukecad. I didn't realize you had a health forum as my link directed me specifically to the benefits forum and not your front page. Please feel free to move @ your earliest convenience.

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    Senior Member nukecad's Avatar
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    I don't have a forum?

    I'm just another member here, the same as everyone else.

    Similarly I don't have any special priviledges here to alter anything other than my own posts.
    (Wish I did - I'd make a better job of removing all the spam).

    I don't know what your GP is playing at, has it been a while since you last saw them?
    I've never had a problem getting my exemption cert. renewed.
    I will have problems next time because I am no longer taking epilepsy meds as they would clash with the cardiac meds that I now have to take.
    There again I have IR ESA so that covers free prescriptions anyway.
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    Apologies anyway for the confusion

    I've never seen this GP or any of the others they are currently using. I'm sick to death of them. I even had to write a plan advising one of the GP's how to fill in a form he previously messed up so he could get it done properly. prior to his second attempt I threatened him with the CQC. Furthermore the GP's are not specifically following the instructions from my specialist with regard to my medication? The only GP I had a good rapport with is off long term sick. I'm preparing for a massive row with them when I go for the appointment and after that I'm leaving. When I requested the med exempt form I was told I had to have an appointment because he would like to see me with what ought to have be a routine case. When they made the appointment, I overheard the staff communicating with each other that any GP would do for that- so I might even be seeing somebody who didn't request to see me ?
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    Well if they have not met you then they may just want to check that the meds you are on are still appropriate, rather than just relying on what has been written before.
    (It's going to be a few years if your exemption cert is now up for renewal).

    Look on the positive side, medications and treatments are always improving.
    (When I had a Cardiac Arrest they made a tiny cut in my wrist to thread a tube to my heart and fit a stent, I was home a week later. 15/20 years ago they would have had to crack open my ribs and graft an artery out of my leg, and I'd have been in hospital for weeks if not months).

    There may be a new medication suits you better than the one you have been taking for years.
    You may find that you also make a good rappport with the new GP that you meet.
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    Thanks for the optimism and I hope you're right? I've never had a med exempt form. I was refused by my specialist's secretary who told me my condition would settle in a number of years- only to find out they misdiagnosed me. I've had to pay for twelve years Maybe this is what I need to tell them at the appointment.

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    I've still got my med exempt form appointment this Friday. At the same time I applied for the form I decided to Submit a SAR for all my medical details. I was due to collect them last Friday. On arrival they told me they had no such request on their system and asked me to resubmit the application- which is what I did. The Practice then then told me to return today to pick them up as they would rush my request given it had been previously submitted and lost. On turning up again today- I was once again told they had nothing on their system. I am know waiting again for something requested twice and an appointment due on Friday which ought to have simply consisted of the GP checking his PC and signing the form. As previously indicated, if I get messed about on Friday the **** is going to hit the fan. It's an absolutely shocking disgrace of a Doctors.

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    If they keep messing you about with the SAR then put in writing (keep a copy) and post it to them getting free proof of posting to prove you sent it.
    If they are still messing about after the letter then put a complaint in to the ICO: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/...tion-concerns/
    Remember that being Medical information the surgery can refuse to disclose anything that could be harmful to you health if you saw it.

    I would keep that seperate from your med exemption appointment though, you are after the GP's co-operation there so ranting isn't going to help you.
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    It's hard to imagine six weeks ago I chanced into the Surgery only to bump into the doctor who had just tried to ring me on my phone. He was all apologetic about the way I had been treated- despite providing a lame argument as to why he hadn't dealt with my previous issue. In fact I'd requested his assistance four weeks before he went on annual leave -only to have him tell me six weeks later he hadn't been able to deal with my problems due to him having only just returned. He lied. I bit my tongue telling him I wasn't interested in creating any issues only to hear him say I was more than entitled to go to the CQC and that they try to improve on things when they go wrong. The thing is matters haven't gone right since I registered. I ended up paying fifty quid for two forms that took them that long to complete the organisations requesting them gave up leaving me out of pocket. For one of the forms I had to write a guide to enable the GP to complete it in a satisfactory way since he'd done such a bad job the first time. Since then I've made three SAR requests and have to attend an appointment for a signature which is nothing but a formality and could have been attended to in my absence. In addition to this they have ignored the specific instructions set by my specialist with regard to the dosage of my medication. Friday might well be the straw that breaks the camel's back because I'll be leaving. I can do without this stress.

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    Sounds like time to move to another practice.

    Have a word with friends and neighbours to see where they go and what it is like.
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