No current consultant input - you are overstating your abilities - PIP

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Seems that the PIP assessors are assuming that if you are currently not receiving specialist care or the level/type of medication you are overstating your abilities! 

Examples from another site of what they changed from the original assessment report 

"Washing and Bathing"

Amendment states - She is not under specialist care and is not having significant medication. She is managing to get about using a stick. It is likely she would be able to undertake this activity safely, reliably and repeatedly in a timely manner with appropriate aids/appliances for the majority of the time.

"Moving Around"

 Amendment states - Able to stand and then move a distance of more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres using an aid safely, reliable and repeatedly based on the evidence that she is not under specialist care and not taking significant medication or receiving additional service input

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    I cant walk anymore than 3 steps before stopping and holding on to my carer, im on morphine patches 15mg i use a stick i was in this situation last time i was assesed and was given standard mobility. My esa assesor has put in his report i should be deemed unfit for work and placed on enhanced pip mobility. Which i have sent to pip with a change of circumstance form. Im dreading the assesment all over again but i am quietly hoping they will decide my fate without the assesment but as everyone on this site tells others this wont happen they will always asses people
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    Hi Les,

    I wish life was that easy to have a bath or wash, or even just walk a few steps! A few steps sometimes, which is not very often, because I would end up in very painful cramps and spasms in both legs, I cannot even stand for more than a few seconds before either collapsing, wheelchair assistence required - but my wife has to transfer me to chairs, bed, toilet chair, bidet, bath chair or even the car.

    I cannot steer a manual wheelchair, that sounds bad but I scratched our new week old motability car! Luckily a quick phone call to them, they said they would class it has normal wear and tear on the painted bumper!

    I have spent many hours in the hands of paramedics in the past few months, still trying to get off Tramadol, the side-effects are very bad - trying to drop just 50mg a day SR seems impossible, Been on it for weeks and side-effects are not dropping off like they should... more leg cramps than usual.

    It's like banging your head against a brickwall... lol

    Regards,

    Les.                                 

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      I agree entirely, but from what I read of the case I stated, you could have all of the problems but if the assessor's quality control section don't see the right level of consultant involvement or the right level of prescribed medication you are doomed to failure!
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    The assessor claimed that as I hold a drivers license that I have no trouble getting about!

    Despite being innumerate and always having been so he commented that I have no trouble handling a budget. I actually told him that I couldn't handle money to save my life.

    These people are outright criminal liars. I have an appointment with CAB tomorrow to get help appealing and also making a compalint via the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Apparently to make a complaint against any government department you have to go via CAB. Hopefully we can get things moving.

     

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