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I was looking at the assessors handbook this afternoon and came across this:
Cases that should not require a face-to-face consultation
2.5.10. In certain circumstances it should be possible to provide advice at a paper based review. Although each case should be determined individually, the following types of cases should not normally require a face-to-face consultation:
• The health condition(s) is severe and associated with a high level of functional impairment which is consistently claimed. Examples might include:
Claimants with severe neurological conditions such as – dementia.
Not now claiming PIP so I have no idea if this actually happens, but for DLA would the same have applied?
The reason I ask and laugh at the instructions is that I had to have a full face to face assessment for DLA in 2012/13 and one of my confirmed diagnosis is Dementia. I went to the CMHTOP for a memory test, then to have a CT brain scan at the request of my GP - it came back as vascular dementia.
Seems that the assessors over stepped their mark with me!
Anybody else had this happen to them? What should happen rarely actually happens?
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