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  1. Hi All, Received a letter today saying that my husband does NOT need to attend a face to face.... It says that they now have enough information. Well I don't know what the outcome will be, but that is a big relief to us. Thank you for all the advice I have been given, and I will do letters of complaint as I agreed that I would. If anyone else is going through the same thing (dealing with the robotic system that is ATOS) then from my experience it was all about who I got to speak to on the end of the phone line, seven times I spoke to different people (robots, who all seeme
  2. Hi, Bit of a mixed day. Went to see the GP, he is all about the money, he firstly said he would ring up, and even asked which number to ring, then 50 seconds later as he was reading what they wrote, he said :- they can ring him directly, he has filled out loads of pip forms, that is private work and he needs to get paid. When Ii eventually picked my jaw off the floor I did not know what to say, he said they MUST ring him. So that was that. I left and did not feel like phoning atos, but I did, I spoke to a really nice human, she was very warm and understanding and put me at ease. She wa
  3. Hi, I have now got an appointment to see the CAB on 28th, I will be seeing the GP tomorrow morning, but I can't see him sitting there and phoning, (I may be just panicking). The person I spoke to at the DWP said that they would speak to CAB, then Atos said that they would not, as it would be atos that they will be ringing, who is correct? I will also chase up the MP, as they have not got back to me yet. Thank you
  4. Hi,This is what has happened today, I can't get an appointment with GP till Monday 8.40am that's ok, give me time to ring dwp and see if there was anyone there he could talk to. Phoned DWP, spoke to the first robot, he put through to a second robot, they sounded like they were reading from a script, did not matter what I said they said the same thing which was .- DWP make the final decision, BUT it is ATOS that do the report, that they make the decision from. They said that Atos must not have enough information on my husband to do a paper based assessment? I told them about the Gp writi
  5. Yes I have made 4 copies of each. Now I just need to get the GP to speak to them tomorrow, it took him four days to do five lines, so he wont be talking to them any time soon I think. I will ring DWP tomorrow, and see what happens, then I will send the letter off, Recorded delivery.
  6. Yes, I will do that. Thank you
  7. Just been to get his letter from the Dr, £16.50 to pay it said on the envelope ? To Whom It May Concern Dear Sir/Madam Then my husbands name and DOB and address. Mr ---- ------ suffers with severe anxiety and due to this will not be able to undertake a home assessment. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact myself. Yours sincerely Dr name and medical number Do you think that that might be enough ???
  8. What a day, now the DWP lady that I was suppose to be speaking to, has had to go home early???? I stupidly spoke to another woman, and she said virtually word for word what you said they would say. I then said about section 2.3.8 in the pip-assessment-guide, she then said how do they know it will course him stress ???? I said ask his GP, I was again getting nowhere, so I left it with I will ring back tomorrow, oh and this person said that she was senior to the lady I was supposed to be speaking to.
  9. Oh, thank you for that, I feel that I have just been given a fob off, my husband has lots and lots of problems, but one he did have was throwing his clothes away (not just clothes and shoes, I got up one morning and he had cut my new three piece suites two arm chairs into tiny pieces so that it could fit in the wheelie bin, this is 2002, after he had been sectioned) Since then he has gone through fazes, and now this is making him very very upset, he has started to wash his hands more, and he has started to throw things away( or gets me to do it). And he does not know about all of it, he just t
  10. Hi Just rang Atos again, spoke to another robot, she said the same thing, after several minutes she started to become human she told me that they hardly do paper assessments, and that there will not be enough information about my husband? she said that they wanted a face to face so that they can ask him a lot of questions? They can't get all the information and answers to questions they want from his GP. They have contacted the GP surgery 5 times (which I think is a lie) (two years ago, whilst we were going through this with the ESA, and I took it to a second tribunal someone told me to ask fo
  11. Hi, GP letter not ready till 4pm, he has not signed it????? CAB are fully booked up, I was told to try next week? Contacted my MP, lady said they will contact me. Then I phoned DWP the lady who deals with (this type of thing) won't be available till 3 30pm. So total waste of a morning. Could someone tell me who does have the final say( is in charge) Atos or DWP. Thank you again for your help
  12. Hi, Just phoned atos, got a very robotic woman on the phone. She would not let me cancel the 1st Aug appointment, I can't see GP till tomorrow now ? She has told me to ring them on the same 0300 number, she was adamant that I should not contact the DWP, as they are not dealing with it, she is ? Could not talk with her, she was very cold. We are not going to take your word for it that he is house bound. I will go to the GP surgery today to get the letter, and she what that says. I have got the MP email and phone number, also my local CAB. It is not even 9am and I feel so tired.
  13. Thank you for writing, I will ring them tomorrow before I go to see the GP, he said he would fax them a letter, so all I can do is ask. I will ask them if there a number for him to contact them on. I will also ring the DWP and tell them what is happening, and if there is a person I could get him to speak to on my behalf.
  14. Hi reallymadwoman, Thank you for replying. I am sorry to hear that you are going into hospital. I will give them a ring tomorrow, I get the letter off the GP tomorrow (was not ready today)? I will complain, and (if you are feeling up to it) you can help word it. I will also phone DWP and tell them what is happening ( I do not trust Atos). I will let you know what's happening tomorrow, as you well know it is very tiring, having to deal with this and speak to people on the phone who tell you one thing but do another. Look after yourself, and take care.
  15. Hi reallymadwoman , I will indeed ring them tomorrow, can't cope today. So yes, he was supposed to have a home visit on Monday 25th, I phoned to cancel, I told them that his GP had written a letter saying that it would be detrimental to his health, I told them this on Monday 18th July, these letters are dated Monday 18th of July, one of which is stating that he can have a home visit. So if I had only received the two letters, than I would be back to the beginning, but it is the 3rd letter that has got me worried, it gives a time and place for a assessment, which is 12 miles away from where
  16. Hi, Received 3 letters today, two saying that they still want to see my husband, and the third saying they have arranged for him to attend a assessment 12 miles away on Aug 1st, what is going on, they were all dated 18th, well I rang them on the 18th at 1pm, so they did not give it much thought. I am fuming, and I do not know what to do next. I already know that they don't listen to a word I have said or wrote. Please has anyone got any suggestions of what I can do next. I am due to get a letter from his GP today, the girl on the phone on 18th told me to send it in, I have got to ask m
  17. Hi reallymadwoman, Yes he does have OCD, he used to wash his hands so much that they were always bleeding, he still washes his hands a lot, but now he has gone on to other things? Yes, I am really going to look around for help groups, I can't take much more stress, but I probably will ? Thank you again for taking the time to write, I have just got to put it to the back of my mind waiting for the letter (probably telling us that he can't have a paper based assessment). Like I said the lady on the phone was very nice, and she spoke to me like a human, not like the first woman I spoke to,
  18. Hi, The GP has given me a leaflet about a carers group who meet once a month on a Thursday, so I will give that a try. I wrote to the DWP about 2 years ago, about being my husbands appointee, they never got back to me, and since then I found out that you have to fill a BF56 form in, then get interviewed, then they want to speak to him, so that was a none starter. Is that the type of thing you mean about getting formal authority? As for answering the door, not only does he not like me answering it, I have to spry and wash it after they have gone, well that's what he thinks I do? When the p
  19. I have just phoned again, this time spoke to a very nice woman, who listened and even suggested a paper base assessment ?? But she said she will give the details to the medical team to decide if he can have a paper based assessment, I also told her that the GP was willing to fax a letter to them, and she said they don't have a fax? Oh well the appointment for 25th is now cancelled, and I am just waiting now. Thank you for your help, I will keep you up to date.
  20. Hi, I rang them at noon, they would not speak to me only my husband, I told them he would not speak to them, so I was put on to a senior person, and they said I can speak to them but they would only answer yes or no to my conversation, it was getting me nowhere, so she said to ring back tomorrow morning. So that is how I have left it, they have always spoken to me before? If the atos GP, comes to my house ,my husband won't answer the door to them, so I can't either, so what is the point???
  21. Hi reallymadwoman, Thank you for writing. He will not let anyone into our house, even when he was having a heart attack the ambulance men had to wait at the front door (they were so nice about it). He has many many things mentally wrong with him, but I can deal with most of it. But this assessment I can't do that for him. I have just seen the GP, and he said that he will write a letter to them explaining that my husband can not see them on 25th, it would be detrimental to his health. I am going to ring them this morning to explain that he will not let the Atos people in. Last time ESA
  22. Hi Jedicris, Thank you again, I will do that, I will look at the site you gave me, I am so focused on looking after my husband, I never thought to google support groups. Thank you
  23. Hi Jedicris, Thank you for taking the time to reply. I have looked into Lasting Powers of Attorney for him, but you need it to be witnessed ? He has been sectioned in 2001, they virtually just sedated him, then released him to my care, the tablets he was on, made him sleep for 19 hours a day, he was on them for 2 years, still had mental health problems, he saw a mental health nurse then at a day centre once a week until she said something to upset him, never been back since. He has got much worse since then, the GP keeps saying he will section him, then says that might make him worse? He
  24. Hi, I wonder if anyone can give me help. My husband has been on DLA & Income support for several years, now they say he has to be on PIP. He has various mental health problems over the years now he has another one, he will not leave the house, he has only left the house 3 times in four years twice during a heart attack and the last time last year with a severe panic attack, on all three occasions he was in a ambulance and off to hospital. He is frightened of so many things (to many to mention) but two of the things he is most scared of is hearing people talk, and germs. So he
  25. Hi Margaret, Thank you for the information. I received a letter today from atos saying that next weeks appointment is cancelled, do not turn up. It says we are reviewing medical information that we have received. As regards the subject access information, I am still going through it, I am finding the hand writing very hard to read. A lot of the information that I gave them, someone (a expert no doubt) id contradicting virtually everything I write, i.e Can your husband be left alone, I say no , they say yes, is he all right to walk in places he does not know, I say
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