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    Hi,
    Sorry if I have done this all wrong,but I am new here,its late,I'm in pain and distressed...

    Hi,
    I am confused,distressed and have become increasinly depressed by the DWP and ATOS.They just seem like Bullies to my,who are wasting my time,their time and my GP’S. I had to give up work in 2004 due to increasinly bad health.I claimed nothing as I did’nt even have a proper Diagnosis.It took me almost 4 years to get one.I was diagnosed,after many tests with a condition called Fibromyalgia/Me (chronic fatigue)
    My condition has continued to deteriate.I started to receive Disabilty allowance 2 years ago,and have just been awarded this for a further 3 years,due to the letter my Proffessor wrote to them.He is the top man in my condition and says I will never work again,as my condition will never really improve only get worse and stress is so bad for me and these people continue to harass me and make me sicker.I had a home visit from Atos,and there Dr stated in his opinion I would be fit to resume work in 6 months !!! I now have them on my back again,countless worrying letters.I have had to get another letter just recently from my GP,who throughly backs me to state I will need a home visit again,I practically home bound because of my health.
    I actually spoke to Atos today !! about another appointment that they had sent me AFTER receiving my Doctors letter.They told me “their” Dr was looking in to it and I would get an answer shortly,if not I must attend !!! I dont undertand how they operate.I am under the my GP and a Professor of imunology who both agree I am unfit to work ??? yet they keep the pressure on even thoe my GP has told them that this all aids to making my health worse.I feel they are sending me mad,and I dont feel I have anywhere to turn to,and there is nothing I can do about it..
    Can anyone here advise me pleaseeee
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    Hi Galido, sorry to hear of your problems with ATOSH - but not in the least surprised!
    There is a very good benefits forum on this site, you may be better off re-posting there:

    Benefits, Tax Credits and Minimum Wage - The Consumer Forums

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    from my painful experience I would advise the following.
    1. Refrain from any telephone conversations with them as these are designed to infuriate people and are nearly always in my opinion contradictory depending on who you talk to.
    2. Keep them on their toes by requesting SARicon from all parties atos, gp and dwp , demand Audit Trail explain your grievanceicon very clearly in writing.
    3. From this moment ensure a good strong paper trail for everything they are doing and trying to do.. use internet to contact any MP's in your area very clearly explaining your grievance.

    I know its difficult and stressful but try and treat it like a game that is what they do.

    I am not an expert but hope this helps in some way and I am sure the senior Site people will be long soon with better advice also.

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    Please excuse me if I am in the wrong place (again) only found this site last night,only found out that there were lots of other people going through the pain and suffering at the hands of the DWP/ATOS.

    Hi,
    I am confused,distressed and have become increasinly depressed by the DWP and ATOS.They just seem like Bullies to my,who are wasting my time,their time and my GP’S. I had to give up work in 2004 due to increasinly bad health.I claimed nothing as I did’nt even have a proper Diagnosis.It took me almost 4 years to get one.I was diagnosed,after many tests with a condition called Fibromyalgia/Me (chronic fatigue)
    My condition has continued to deteriate.I started to receive Disabilty allowance 2 years ago,and have just been awarded this for a further 3 years,due to the letter my Proffessor wrote to them.He is the top man in my condition and says I will never work again,as my condition will never really improve only get worse and stress is so bad for me and these people continue to harass me and make me sicker.I had a home visit from Atos,and there Dr stated in his opinion I would be fit to resume work in 6 months !!! I now have them on my back again,countless worrying letters.I have had to get another letter just recently from my GP,who throughly backs me to state I will need a home visit again,I practically home bound because of my health.
    I actually spoke to Atos today !! about another appointment that they had sent me AFTER receiving my Doctors letter.They told me “their” Dr was looking in to it and I would get an answer shortly,if not I must attend !!! I dont undertand how they operate.I am under the my GP and a Professor of imunology who both agree I am unfit to work ??? yet they keep the pressure on even thoe my GP has told them that this all aids to making my health worse.I feel they are sending me mad,and I dont feel I have anywhere to turn to,and there is nothing I can do about it..
    Can anyone here advise me pleaseeee
    Gabby


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    Thankyou Rae, and
    Thankyou Micko19.Subject Acess Requesticon,never heard of it,never would have known,thankyou so much.The other link grievanceicon,I am just off to read.And I havent ever had any dealings with my local MP's ect,would'nt have thought I could contact them over such a matter,but I may just pluck up the courage and energy to do this.
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    i am sorry to hear of your position..buut welcome to the ATOS appreciation society...this company does nothing but try to help government to reach their targets by insisting that us scroungers get the hell off the sick and back to work....the problem as i see it..by not attending the appointment they can and will stop your benefit...unfortunately i am not an expert on the workings of these idiots but there are plenty of people on here who are used to dealing with them and i am sure someone will be along to help out


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    Quote Originally Posted by Galido View Post
    I have had to get another letter just recently from my GP,who throughly backs me to state I will need a home visit again,I practically home bound because of my health.
    I actually spoke to Atos today !! about another appointment that they had sent me AFTER receiving my Doctors letter.They told me “their” Dr was looking in to it and I would get an answer shortly,if not I must attend !!! I dont undertand
    Right welcome to the wonderful world of ATOS Firstly Don't panic! You are now in a magical realm of fantasy unfortunately you will not meet a cowardly lion, a tin man or a scarecrow or be able to click your heals together 3 times to make it all go away.


    If you had a home visit once you'll get it again as there's a list of conditions somewhere (if someone not as lazy as me could find it please) which they follow to chose home visit, taxi to or medical centre.

    So if it's been granted once then it should be again.


    Now what have they actually told you? No home medical, they haven't received the request, the doctor hasn't decided or what?

    Also how did you get the DRs letter requesting the home medical to them? Fax or included with the ESA50 forms?


    Remember the phone number on the letter from ATOS to book the appointment is just that only to book the appointment. They have no authority (I've found) to do anything else and generally talk a load of bobbins n gubbins that confuses and gets you worked up.

    Now if your lucky you'll get a trained one who will give you another number to contact. These are the people who can cancel/re-arrange appointments and do other things maybe.

    Now I was told this number was 'Medical Services' and next time they gave me it it had become the 'Resourcing Department'. Strangely when the number was answered they said it was the medical centre I was going to go to for my assessment.

    The phrase Arse >>>> Elbow springs to mind.


    Have a read of this thread as we all have grief trying to arrange this

    http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk...e-medical.html

    My tribulations are on page 5.

    Mine only took 10 phone callsicon and 3 weeks to sort out #swoons in a femininely lead character of a Mills n Boon romance novel sort of way

    It took 2 attempts for them to correctly re-arrange the appointment! You have to stand your ground and take no guff. My appointment was only 3 days away but I was very persistent - stress

    I was on the list for offer taxi. They offered it I accepted, they're also arranging it and pre-paying for it so result \o/


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    Quote Originally Posted by micko19 View Post
    1. Refrain from any telephone conversations with them as these are designed to infuriate people and are nearly always in my opinion contradictory depending on who you talk to.
    2. Keep them on their toes by requesting SARicon from all parties atos, gp and dwp , demand Audit Trail explain your grievanceicon very clearly in writing.
    3. From this moment ensure a good strong paper trail for everything they are doing and trying to do.. use internet to contact any MP's in your area very clearly explaining your grievance.
    This is good advice for complaints or/and if you run into to trouble.

    The problem with following this at this time is that you will run the risk of having your claim being closed if they do not reply to (or deny receiving) the letter and the date of the medical passes and you do not attend.

    See your other thread as you will have to call ATOS and keep at them. The MP advice is sound but only after you've exhausted everything else.

    Since you're being processed again all dates have to be religiously adhered to and unless you have "just cause" for missing anything things will go from bad to worse.


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    c/o: DWP Atos Healthcare Medical Services Contract

    Medical Conditions and Categories

    For the purposes of administrative scrutiny of cases to determine suitability for inclusion in the DLA in Medical Examination Centre project, 5 categories of case have been devised:
    In 2005 the Welfare Reform Bill, which introduced the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), had not yet been enacted hence the reference to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
    1. Unsuitable for calling to a Medical Examination Centre.
    2. Reference to Medical Advisor required for advice.
    3. Tentatively invite to Medical Examination Centre.
    4. Invite to Medical Examination Centre.
    5. Any other Diagnosis.

    For each category a list is attached.
    1. Unsuitable for calling to a Medical Examination Centre.
    Age >75 years

    Age <12 years

    Both Blind and Deaf
    Registered Blind (needs to be seen in own environment)
    Cases accepted under the Special Rules defining Terminal illness.
    Alzheimers
    Amputation of both legs
    Asperger's
    Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Autism
    Cerebral Palsy
    Dementia
    Hemiplegia
    Huntingdon's Chorea
    Korsakoffs Psychosis
    Macmillan Nurse attending.
    Motor Neurone Disease
    On oxygen
    Paraplegia
    Quadraplegia
    Renal Dialysis
    Severe Mental Impairment
    Severe Learning Difficulty
    Spastic Diplegia
    Tetraplegia
    Total Parenteral Nutrition
    Unstable Angina
    Wernicke's Encephalopathy
    2. Reference to Medical Advisor required for advice.
    AIDS
    Astrocytoma
    Bone Marrow Transplant
    Brittle Bone Disease
    Cancer
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Dermatomyositis
    Glioma
    Guillane-Barre Syndrome
    Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    Leukaemia
    Liver Failure
    Mental Retardation
    Mental Subnormality
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Non Hodgkin's Lmphoma
    On Morphine / MST
    Osteogenesis Imperfecta
    Parkinson's Disease
    Poliomyelitis
    Polymyasitis
    Registered partially sighted
    Respiratory Failure
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Schizoaffective Disorder
    Schizophrenia
    SLE
    Spinal Injury
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
    Scleroderma
    5evere Depression
    Thallassaemia
    3. Tentatively invite to Medical Examination Centre.
    Agoraphobia (offer taxi)
    Anorexia Nervosa
    Ataxia
    Bipalar Affective Disorder / Bipolar Disease Manic Depression
    Burns
    Cardiomyopathy
    Cerebrovascular Accident / CVA
    Cerebrovascular Disease
    CFS
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Crohn's Disease
    Diabetic Neuropathy
    Eating Disorder
    Fibromyalgia
    Haemopphilia
    Heart Transplant
    Hemiparesis
    Learning Difficulties
    Leg Ulcers
    Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / ME
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Peripheral Neuropathy
    Phobic Anxiety
    Sickle Cell Anaemia
    Social Phobia
    Spina Bifida
    Stroke
    Subarachnoid Haemorrage / SAH
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Varicose Ulcers
    4. Invite to Medical Examination Centre.
    Alcohol Dependence
    Anaemia
    Angina
    Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Anxiety
    Arrythmia
    Asthma
    Atrial Fibrillation
    Back Pain
    Bronchiectasis
    Bulimia Nervosa
    Cardiac Arrythmia
    Cervical Spondylosis
    Chronic Bronchitis
    Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    COPD
    Coronary Artery Disease
    Coronary Heart Disease
    Depression
    Dermatitis
    Diabetes
    Diverticular Disease
    Diverticulitis
    Dizziness
    Down's Syndrome
    Drug Dependence
    Eczema
    Endometriosis
    Epilepsy
    Hearing Impairment
    Hernia
    HIV
    Hypertension
    Hyperthyroidism
    Hypathyroidism
    Hysterectomy
    Incontinence
    Ischaemic Heart Disease
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS
    Joint Pain
    Kyphosis
    Kyphoscoliosis
    Labyrinthitis
    Liver Transplant
    Lumbar Spondylosis
    Meniere's Disease
    Migraine
    Myasthenia Gravis
    Neck Pain
    Osteoarthritis
    Osteoporosis
    Overactive Thyroid
    Panic Attacks
    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    Peripheral Vascular Disease
    Personality Disorder
    Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc
    Psoriasis
    "Registered Alcoholic"
    Renal Transplant
    Rheumatic Heart Disease
    Scoliosis
    Slipped Disc
    Underactive Thyroid
    Valvular Heart Disease
    Varicose Veins
    Visual Impairment
    5. Any other Diagnosis.
    Not listed above should be referred to a Medical Adviser for advice

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    hi... and also recorded delivery closes the denial and non reply option for them. MY biggest fear is no paper trail no accountability for DWP or ATOS.

    cheers


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    Oh !! my gosh..Thankyou to everyone who has replied,I really am over whelmed and actually feel I'm no longer alone,as I had felt before 5am this morning when I was still laying awake worrying about all this.
    I get very confused and forgetful due to my conditions,find phone callsicon soooo tiring,that after 2 minutes my mind just goes to mush.
    Speedfreak ,you asked,they havene yet told me no home medical,BUT I feel its been left in the air as I sent my Doctors letter back to them with their appointment,they have confirmed they have recieved it but tell me "their" Doctor has to agree it and give it the go ahead,but if I dont hear back from them that I MUST ATTEND the 2nd appointment they have sent me for the 21st !! I told the shirty woman I spoke to Atos,that I had sent the letter from Dr backing a home visit,he and my Proff are behind me 101%,and that I would not be attending as I was unable,and told her to please make a note of that on her screen.
    I do not recieve any benefits as such from Social security (or whatever it is called these days) as my Husband works full time and I am a part time job for him also !! All of this with them is so that my national insurance stamp will be paid toward my pension.. It seems a hellobello for just that.

    Many Thanks to the Lone Ranger,what kind people you all are.

    Debt4get,thankyou also.But I am not on any benefits,its just for my stamp. I went almost 4 years before I diagnosed,and during that time my stamp was'nt paid which is really going to effect my pension,which is another worry.

    ATOS and DWP have literally made me sicker than I usually am,I am just sooo tired and feel like telling them to just forget it and face things later on when I reach pension age.I was once a feisty person but my conditions dont allow me,I have no energy to exert anymore.

    Sorry to babble on,but I feel so relieved to have found a place where others are in the same boat,thoe of course I wish none of us were..

    Love and light to you all


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    Sorry,I meant to ask one question,can someone please tell me,how their Doctor/Body can over rule an individuals own GP and Professor ? As I am under a Proffessor of Imunology who is the top Dog in the field.I am lucky enough to be under his care.It was due to his letter to DLA that I got awarded 3 years ??
    Its so confusing.


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    Hi Galido, so glad you're getting some responses
    For some bizarre reason the DWP has it in their mindset that all GPs and other NHS medical professionals are highly biased towards their patients. Only the ultra independent [ahem!] ATOSH can be trusted...
    If it hasn't already been mentioned - and I don't think it has - do try and get your MP involved. As you rightly say, this is an amazing route to go down just for your National Insurance stamp!
    Good luck m'dear.
    Best wishes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galido View Post
    Sorry,I meant to ask one question,can someone please tell me,how their Doctor/Body can over rule an individuals own GP and Professor ? As I am under a Proffessor of Imunology who is the top Dog in the field.I am lucky enough to be under his care.It was due to his letter to DLA that I got awarded 3 years ??
    Its so confusing.
    Hi Galido, the so called "Health Care Professionals" employed by Atos are instructed to disregard the supporting evidence of the claimant's GPs, Consultants etc. and instead to base their assessments on the computerised scoring produced by a programme called LiMA (Logic-integrated Medical Assessment). LiMA is a modified version of a programme which was developed for the U.S. Medical Insurance Industry to reduce both the amounts and numbers of successful claims, thereby saving the industry money. LiMA has attracted significant criticism from the CAB, CPAG, disabilities charities and individuals such as Professor Paul Gregg who was one of the main architects of ESA's design. The government has appointed Professor Malcolm Harrington to lead a review of the (un)fairness of the "Work Capability Assessment" which is to report it's findings at the end of this year, however these flawed medicals are continuing regardless.
    See:
    http://brightonbenefit[problem]paign. wordpress.com/2... (Employment and Support Allowance: a new harsher test Brighton Benefits Campaign)

    http://www.cas.org.uk/FileAccess.aspx?id=7323 (Unfit for Purpose - Scottish CAB evidence on ESA)

    http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/not_working_ma... (CAB evidence on the ESA work capability assessment.)

    DWP ESA Medical Examinations (First hand experience of the DWP ESA procedure from someone with a debilitating and life threatening brain tumour who was deemed fit by the DWP's "medical" contractor).

    With the introduction of new Welfare Reform Acts the last government has introduced a regime of conditions and sanctions to tackle the 'terminally lazy' who've made a life-style choice of 'sucking at the welfare teat'. I would not deny that this is laudable, if it were not for the fact that zanu-liebou®s' welfare reforms carry a far more insidious hidden agenda to cut welfare spending regardless of who gets hurt by having their benefits reduced and taken away from them. The ill and disabled are seen as "low hanging fruit" being least able to fight the injustice.

    No-one can follow the previous and current governments' irrational reliance on what is, even by the government's admission, a flawed medical assessment system, however the official line is that GP's etc. are frightened of upsetting their patients and give out sick-notes etc. too easily because they fear confrontation, I.e. they are not to be trusted. This of course is just government propaganda, as are accusations that up to 90% of claimants are playing the system - it's all designed to assist them to vilify the ill and disabled and make it easier to reduce and remove their benefits without even a murmur of disapproval from most of the electorate.

    The ideology which gave rise to these iniquitous welfare reforms dates back to the mid nineties and has been an on-going project of the neo-liberal right to pour more tax payer money into the private sector whilst simultaneously dismantling the Welfare State.
    See:
    New Labour, the market state, and the end of welfare
    Jonathan Rutherford looks at the connections between government and the insurance business in their joint project to reduce eligibility for sickness benefits.

    Kindest regards,
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    Loan Ranger you are, as always, breathtakingly and fastidiously spot on. God bless you fella and keep on keeping on...
    Best wishes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galido View Post
    Speedfreak ,you asked,they havene yet told me no home medical,BUT I feel its been left in the air as I sent my Doctors letter back to them with their appointment,they have confirmed they have recieved it but tell me "their" Doctor has to agree it and give it the go ahead,but if I dont hear back from them that I MUST ATTEND the 2nd appointment they have sent me for the 21st !! I told the shirty woman I spoke to Atos,that I had sent the letter from Dr backing a home visit,he and my Proff are behind me 101%,and that I would not be attending as I was unable,and told her to please make a note of that on her screen.
    All the above sounds strangely familiar

    Have they given you a time frame for when the "doctor" will read it/give you a decision? - didn't think so.

    Don't fall for it as your on the list so entitled to a home appointment no matter what they say.

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    but if I dont hear back from them that I MUST ATTEND the 2nd appointment they have sent me for the 21st
    Sounds like bull *cough* to me. I had mine rearranged/rebooked twice; granted the 1st time they re-booked it was for exactly the same date and time as the original appointment but hey nobodies perfect eh?

    Maybe worth while calling the DWP ESA line (the number will be on the top of all DWP ESA letters) Monday and asking for their advice.

    Remember to mention you've sent a supporting DR letter, Have had one before at home and according to the document in Loan Rangers 1st post in this thread are on the list.

    They will basically tell you anything to get you off the phone and not rebook. You have to repeat yourself often, be very firm and if they try and tell you some rubbish always question it and always press for a time/date for resolution.

    If you have to call them every day do it. Unfortunately in this country the more you shout the more you are listened too.

    My mantra was to start every call with "Hello I've request a home medical, I have a supporting letter from my DR which you have received and I have had called you X times to try and get it sorted out without success. Ending with "Exactly how long will that take & when will I receive an answer?"

    E.G. Oh sir we called you back on XXX date! Yes you did but do you consider that a 30 second call to say you are looking into it followed by nothing for 3 days acceptable? Erm erm erm. No I didn't think so! So back to business...

    You need to make a note of time and date of every call and also the gist of what you have been told. - This goes for every phone callicon to DWP/ATOS - as being able to recite it back to em and having a record shows you mean business. It will also form the basis of any escalation/complaint (which hopefully you wont need).

    Keep us informed on how you get on.


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    Default Re: DWP/ATOS Nightmare

    Good advice, Speedy. Don't forget to take the name of who you speak to.

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    Default Re: DWP/ATOS Nightmare

    I cant believe the responce's,thankyou ALL so much,I would click my heels (LONERANGER) If I had the energy !! Thankyou for riding ! in with more advice for me. I will have to read your links,have to do so slowly as it takes me time to take it in,due to my conditions.

    And many thanks to you Rae
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    I'm so glad I found you all,

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    Default DWP/ATOS Nightmare continued

    Hi,
    I dont know if I am in the right place again,I cant seem to find my way round this site very easily,sorry.
    But I wanted to update the nice folk that replied to my last Thread about DWP/ATOS.

    I have now had confirmation that my ATOS medical assesement will take place at home.Thats after a few of you told me it would as my 1st one had been conducted at home but ATOS did'nt tell me that and continued to stress me me out so much that my hair has now started to fall out :cry:

    I have been advised that I should record the interview in my home,can anyone tell me if this is legal,if I should tell the visiting Doctor or not?
    And does anyone else have any advice for me please ?
    I am a living wreck at present and it has made my health conditions even worse than they are usually.

    As I said in my last thread this is all for my National Insurance Stamp,as I was told I was'nt entitled to any other benefit as my Husband works full time.I would really like to know how much a Married Womans National Insurance Stamp is? if anyone knows. I cant believe they would go to all this trouble after being under a Professor that says I will never work again and to remove such thoughts from my head !
    And is it true that they do NOT take into account your own GP's or Consultants opinions?

    Many Thanks...



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