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I have had DLA awarded indefinitely for last 16 years having been assessed by 2 separate doctors. In September I was told my DLA was to stop and I had to apply for PIP. I enqired at gps surgery about obtaining my medical records and was told Capita would do this so the only thing I sent to support my claim were photos of my damaged hands and feet ( I have rheumatoid arthritis ) along with proof of appointments with consultants. I had a home assessment at beginning of December, and got the result of that on January 17th. I had ALL of my benefits stopped. The assessor said that I had no problems with my upper limbs, even though my consultant orthopaedic surgeon who has recently gave me a replacement shoulder, told them by letter that I have "severe" arthritis which will result in both shoulders being replaced. A friend of mine recently was assessed by an ex paramedic. Although I accept these people are medically trained, they have no idea the pain I suffer on a daily basis. I am appealing. Some advice, when being assessed they watch you like a hawk, they even mentioned me opening my mobile phone in order to get some info on my last steroid injection. The report also mentioned 8 times that I drive, are disabled people not allowed to drive ?? I used to drive an automatic car because my hands could not manage a manual gearbox, this is the type of thing they will put in their report . Sorry for the length of this, but am still furious .
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