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Hello, I'm new here, I hope everyone is doing ok.
I'll try not to waffle on too much although it tends to happen when I'm anxious and a tad peeved, so if I do, then I apologise.
I suffer from significant anxiety, agoraphobia, depression (all diagnosed by a psychiatrist), a therapist also thought I might have social anxiety and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I've had a lot of treatment over the years for my mental and physical health, more so my mental health problems, I've never been referred for FM, only diagnosed.. Just explaining so you know what problems I have.
In 2013 I put in a claim for PIP, I had an assessment in 2013 and was awarded PIP enhanced for both pretty much based on my mental health apart from 8 points being in moving around. From what I can tell there was only one letter of evidence that stated I had tried different things to help myself but nothing had worked etc. the assessor acknowledged that and the fact it would take time for me to get better, she recommended a review in 5 years, she never said I would be better, she said to check to see if I was getting the correct care.
Fast forward to 2019, I had my PIP assessment (review) in April, I recorded it with Capita's permission. The assessment seemed to go ok (it was a home assessment), my son requested the report 3 weeks later but was told it hadn't been sent to them yet? and said the would request it and send it, they didn't send it, my son had to call again. I got the report last week and well.. I was pretty annoyed. The assessor has stated a lot of untrue things in his report, stating there was no evidence, but there was, that I didn't state it at the interview.. ok so why was he here for 65 minutes and why does the front of the report contain what I've said (or not said in some cases), I explained the best I could as someone who has severe anxiety, my Son was here helping me as well, he stated I have no input or don't take meds.. there is evidence explaining exactly why I don't take meds or have "input" he obviously didn't read it and.. here's the best bit, I'm apparently ok for 50% of the time because he did his "MSE" bearing in mind that these assessors aren't medically trained, and that half of the time they are looking at and typing on their laptops! So basically he's turned my enhanced award from mental health to a standard award for physical health!
The lies he has told range from:
Uses an aid to go to the toilet... I told him I have no problems using the toilet.
Uses an aid for cooking, he was told I don't cook and why (if I did cook my son would need to help/supervise).
Uses an aid to get dressed... no.. I said I sit to get dressed and that my Son prompts me to get dressed when we are going out which is rare so I'm in my PJ's 24/7.
Uses and aid to wash, this is partly true but my Son mainly prompts me to shower because otherwise I won't bother due to feeling tired, sore etc.
He's remove points from can't go out and engaging with people. I don't go out alone or engage with people alone, my son comes everywhere with me and when I go to appointments I tend to type a note out for the GP or whoever I'm seeing, I've even done this with a dentist a few times and will give them the note so I don't have to explain, he was told that also and how it affects me when I do go out etc.
So from his MSE he's decided I'm not like this 50% of the time... I'm sure the GP's would tell him different!
He's basically calling me, my Son, the previous assessor, my previous GP and the psychiatrist, liars..
I do have a question.. Is the DM likely to go along with this assessors report or will they look at the previous assessment and any evidence and notice that there are discrepancies in his report?
I've spoken to Welfare Rights about it, they want me to wait for the decision before complaining to Capita (I know they may not care but I do and I'm sick of them doing this to people), he said he will also help with an MR if it does turn out that my award has been lowered from enhanced to standard.
Sorry about the rant/moan, but my anxiety has been pretty bad since I saw the report and I had a bit of a meltdown yesterday. I was even checking for something on the internet to take the edge of my anxiety, I can't take tablets due to swallowing and stomach problems.
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