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    Desperate for help. Another health assessment appointment?

    After eighteen weeks and confirmation from the DWP I was justified in not attending a health assessment - presumably due to my health, I have once again received a letter from CHDA to attend another assessment. I have provided additional medical information from a specialist along with a Doctor's note and it is once again being ignored. I don't know what to do. I have a secondary disease called PPPD, severe Vertigo and Drop attacks. I also have a fracture of the spine, permanent swollen leg from a number of recurrent DVT's, COPD, Asthma and no cartilage in my toe. I couldn't physically attend if I wanted to. I'm just at the end of my tether. Should I contact my politician or the DWP again? It's rediculous. I have Persistent Postural Dizziness Disease. I can't even make it to my important medicals for monitoring purposes with the GP.
    Last edited by phillius; 10-12-19 at 11:51.

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    personally think you should contact MP (although this is not the best time for them!!)
    if you contact them today - you may get some action
    this is an utterly ridiculous situation

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    To add insult to injury my CBT therapist indicated there was nothing they could do with regard to treatment because I had the condition for over 12 years and it needed to have been caught within eight weeks of its onset

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    You were already aware that this might happen again.

    You should do it in this order:

    Ring CHDA first, tell them again that
    1. You physically cannot attend due to medical conditions.
    2. That you have already provided evidence of this both to themselves, and to the DWP, that supports this, and
    3. That the DWP have already accepted that evidence as 'good reason' why you can't attend WCA appointments at their assessment centres.


    Whatever CHDA say then ring DWP next.
    Complain that despite the DWP accepting on {date, it will be on the letter you got} that you had good reason for not attending WCA appointments because your health means you are unable to, CHDA have yet again sent you another appointment.
    (Even if CHDA have backed down when you phoned them still make this complaint).

    Then complain to your MP about both CHDA and the DWP, although if he/she is unlikely to be re-elected on Thursay you may want to hold that one till next week.
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    Thank you for the replies.

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    When you ring the DWP mention the words duty of care, I found it works wonders.

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    It transpires the DWP told them a f2f at their offices is not appropriate and CHDA have seemingly disregarded this. Presumably they will have ignored the additional medical information passed over to them from one of their own managers from their head office as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillius View Post
    It transpires the DWP told them a f2f at their offices is not appropriate and CHDA have seemingly disregarded this.
    Who is it that has told you this? (I hope it was the DWP themselves).
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    Yes nukcad. The DWP specifically stated to me they had enough evidence a f2f at CHDA District offices would be innappropriate and that CHDA were to provide a home assessment. They were given specific instructions to this effect.
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    So presumably the DWP have now bollocked CHDA and told them to stop messing you about?

    TBH I don't realy see why they still need CHDA involved, unless they are going to do a home assessment then the DM already has all the paperwork needed to make a decision.

    I've always found home WCA's a strange concept - if you can't get to a f2f for medical reasons then you are not going to br able to work for exactly the same reasons.

    PS. Did you know that the legislation allows for WCA's to be done over the telephone?
    I don't think that most at CHDA know that, because it's not 'company policy'.
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