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  1. Hi, My other half received a PCN from Civil Enforcement Ltd following her picking up a prescription at the local doctor's surgery. She has a letter from the surgery confirming that this was the case on the same date on which the PCN says. My wife decided to inform Civil Enforcement Ltd directly that this was the case, along with the letter, and surprisingly enough these cowboys rejected her appeal. She then informed me of this and I am now trying to sort it out. In their letter to her they said their internal appeals process has been exhausted and if she wishes to continue her appeal she needs to go directly to POPLA. Could you please let me know whether I can write to them again, along the lines of the thread below or whether I will need to go to POPLA? I'm guessing they'll just ignore any further correspondence directly to them. http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?464918-PCN-from-quot-Civil-Enforcement If I need to appeal to POPLA could you please advise on what the letter should say? I have attached the PCN (I don't have a scanner at home hence the various pieces of paper covering up details - the letter is identical to the one in the link above). The incident date was 17 May 2016 and the PCN issue date is 15 June 2016. Thanks
  2. I had my ESA stopped which is now pending an appeal, I have had to do a joint claim to claim UC, what a nightmare this has been. My original claim was from the the 23rd June and they have in therefore paid me four weeks instead of five, 23/06/17 - 22/07/17 that will be paid on 29/07/17. so in other words they are paying me four weeks but not paying me until the 5th week but not paying for the 5th week. As I have come straight over from ESA the seven day waiting period and as I understand it cannot be used by the DWP so why has a week been deducted and why if my claim started on the 23/06/17 and payable on 22/07/17 not reaching my account until a week later? Any help would be greatly appreciated, and as per norm why do they make the simple things not so simple,.
  3. Hi I wonder if someone could help me? I've had a wart on my finger for quite sometime, my NHS doctors tried freezing it with a nitrogen gun on a few occasions which didn't work & I tried various ointments I purchased at the chemist or online plus various alternative methods but the wart just got bigger. My last visit to the doctor I was told that I would have to go private because the NHS didn't cover the removal of warts. I paid to see a private consultant who prescribed me a stronger acid treatment the prescription of which has been referred to my NHS doctor who apparently can prescribe it for me. So why couldn't my doctor prescribe it for me in the first place. Why did it cost me £155.00 to get my NHS doctor to give me something they could've given me in the first place...? :
  4. My employer is telling me I need to go to see the doctor (I agree due to stress related migraines). He is also saying I need to show them a note to say I am fit for work, as in his own words (in email), he doesn't feel I am fit to work. 1. Do doctors even issue a fit to work note after a couple of half day absences? 2. If my employer is telling me he thinks I am unfit to work, should I be going to work? (He thinks I should ) 3. Can my employer force me to present a fit to work note from my doctor? Thanks
  5. Just shows how ill informed people still are...
  6. Hi everyone, A new week and a completely different problem but another battle with my Jobcentre. Last Friday I was signed off by my doctor for 4 weeks with anxiety. Things came to a head when I actually hid under the table in my living room because my advisor had called and was leaving me a message. The sound of their voice sent me into a complete panic, shaking, crying and nothing was calming me down. My doctor has signed me off as well as referring me for counselling and I have been perscribed anti-depressants. He made it clear it would be a couple of months before he would even consider saying I was fit for work again. On Monday my friend took the doctors note into the Jobcentre as the doctor said I was to not do anything that makes me anxious. She was told that if I want to have the extended period of sickness and stay on JSA then I would need to go in and be interviewed by my advisor and they would decide whether they would accept my sickness. My friend tried to explain that the Jobcentre and my advisor were part of the reason for my anxiety (I do have other things going on which make it worse as well) and she was todl I would need to be interviewed by the manager then, again another part of my anxiety after my one meeting with them when they reduced me to a crying wreck. Does anyone know if its true that I need to have an interview or are they making things difficult? My friend suggested claiming ESA but I have read this form needs to be taken to the Jobcentre and you again have to see your advisor for it to be processed. I am expected to be sanctioned, I was due to start MWA on Monday bit didn't attend. My friend rang them and they were told only the Jobcentre could stop it. So I am just waiting for the letter and the prospect of no money for 13 weeks despite being ill. All of this is making my anxiety worse. My college course has been put on hold until I am on a bit more of an even keel and then there will be a discussion about where to go from here. Can anyone offer any advice on the sick note issue and what to do. Thanks
  7. Injured my shoulder at work 2 months back. Visited occupational health who as it was the end of the shift on a Friday done nothing but request my boss to refer me for physio. I went to my own docs who told me to take anti-inflammatories. Nothing happened, and I was not booked for physio at work, and this shoulder continued to bother me. On Friday, I visited my doctor who has referred me for a scan, and has signed me off as not fit for work for 1 week to rest it as my job is shoulder heavy. My job has been timed by an Industrial Engineer as being 'overloaded', meaning that the time given to do the job, is shorter than the time it actually takes. This creates a lot of rushing around with shoulder heavy equipment, and I believe this is how my injury has occurred. Text the boss Friday to tell him. He said ring Monday night, text not acceptable. I rang, told him I had a note, he said how long has this been going on. I said since the injury 2 months back. He said I will refer you to occupational health, can they ring you on this number? Then to ring him every night. Never been signed off before so wondered what the rules are regarding this. I have a note, and have informed them I won't be in until next week. Is it normal to have to ring every night? And can they force me into work for any reason?
  8. I wanted the NHS to disclose to me any complaints that may of been made against a Doctor that worked at a particular hospital, as I had concerns about their performance etc. I was told that releasing details of any complaints against any doctor is in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 under, exemption s40 (personal information). Any thoughts or other processes that may be of help? Thanks
  9. hello peeps, this is my first post - hello! I have a question: I drove my wife to a specialist doctor in London. 5 weeks after her consultation, we had a letter with an invoice for £290. The initial consultation lasted about 25 minutes. At no time was it explained to us that the initial consultation would be chargeable - so , of course, there was no mention of the price of the talk. We would not have driven to London if we had been informed of the price. Now the invoice has been followed by demanding emails and a call from a medical debtor agency - not answered by me . Since there was no prior information on the cost of the first visit, can anyone tell me what our legal rights are? An offer of £50 for goodwill has been rejected so far. Thanx!
  10. Hello, I got a phone call at work last night from my distraught mother telling me that one of our lovely neighbors had contacted the local council housing officer to complain that she has been exposing herself to one of the local children. The council worker phoned my mums doctor who then phoned my mum up. We have contacted the police over the malicious complaint and they are coming around later today, and apparently the doctor is going to phone back later as she wants to talk to me as well. I was wondering though, are the council allowed to contact my mums doctor behind her back? The story is a pack of lies so there obviously isn't any evidence for any wrong doing - they are just acting on the word of my vindictive neighbor.
  11. Hi, Firstly sorry for the long winded post but just trying to summarise our problem and will get to the point eventually lol, hopefully someone can help with my fiances problem, My Fiance moved in with me in July 2014 and she has some serious medical conditions that have been going on for 9 years and aren't going to get any better, She moved from the south to join me up north and we both new it was important to become registered with a local GP as soon as possible with her requiring constant repeat prescriptions for controlled drugs. She approached the local GP surgery and requested registration, was given a form to complete and thought that was that, from there its been nothing but a nightmare. On our first visit to the GP we were informed that the secretary had registered her on a temporary basis and not permanent meaning her files wouldn't be requested and the GP would have no info on her conditions and problems, the secretary said it was done in error but it was ok as after the 2 month period she could register again on a permanent basis, creating major problems as the level of her medication which had been established over the last years with her old GP was under question by the local GP and trying to explain all the medical problems (there are many) seemed to be falling on deaf ears and literally taken with a pinch of salt and disbelief by the GP. As my fiance is on such high levels of meds she frequently had to request repeat perscriptions due to the GP not allowing the levels her previous GP and pain clinic had perscribed as they had no medical notes infront of the explaining her medical history. On one occasion my fiance (who struggles to get out of bed some days and has great difficulty getting about) walked up to the surgery as per practise rules to order a repeat prescription and allowed the 48 hours for processing, as my fiance was unwell and had ran out of her med's for a day I went to collect the script that had been ordered to be told that there wasn't one there and the secretary then looked at her computer screen and said there was no script, and went on to work out how much medication my partner should have left for the time period from the last script (thought this was a clinical decision and not one a secretary should be making or discussing openly on reception infront of waiting patients), despite my fiance being on a sliding amount relevant to her pain, this calculation made by the secretary was wrong leaving my fiance with no med's and told that it would take a further 48 hours to rectify (the med's are controlled drugs and cannot just be stopped), despite this there was no offer to rectify the secretary's error straight away and refused to be able to see a doctor urgently. Obviously we were disgusted and frustrated. On another occasion my fiance had an appointment to see a GP, as she is unsteady on her feet I escorted her to the surgery, her appointment lasted 25 mins to my surprise and on her exit she had a urgent referral letter to hand to the secretary, she informed me that the GP had found a lump in her arm, one in her armpit and one in her breast, the reason for the lengthy consultation was that the GP had to call a second senior GP for a second opinion, the urgent request was handed in and we awaited an appointment. Several weeks passed and we received a Book and Choose appointment to the local Skin Tag clinics, my fiance rang and enquired with the skin tag clinic if this was the correct referral for lumps in flesh i.e lumps in breast tissue and in armpits, she was told it was a skin tag clinic for removal of lumps ontop of skin and to contact her GP surgery and notify them there has been an error as she had been referred to the wrong clinic. upon doing this my fiance managed to speak to the secretary that had made the referral and she apologised for the error but was told that she couldn't rectify the problem and that she would have to go back and see the GP for it to be rectified, an appointment was made for two days later for 11.30am despite my fiance having an hospital appointment the same day for 3.00pm for an endoscopy but due to the worry of an urgent referral that hadn't turned out that urgent in their eyes my fiance accepted the appointment. On the day of the GP appointment and the endoscopy appointment my fiance hadn't slept all night with worry, she fell asleep at 7am. I tried to wake her (which is difficult enough on normal days due to the medication she is on) for her GP appointment but was unable to do so right upto half an hour before the GP appointment, so i rang the surgery 25 mins before she was due there to notify that she wouldn't be able to attend and informed them the reason why, I was told in a not so nice way that I should have called Half an hour before the appointment and that this would go down as an Did Not Attend, despite the secretary being very off in her manner I asked if we could reappoint as the appointment was regarding an Urgent referral that had been made with the wrong clinic and that the referral was supposed to Urgent despite 3 weeks passing and hadn't been rectified. With that the receptionist checked the appointment and informed myself that my fiance had been made the GP appointment but that she had Dropped of the system due to her only being temporally registered and the 2 months had expired so she wouldn't have been able to have see the doctor anyway! Obviously this created great confusion and frustration, my fiance had an appointment booked but had she have arrived at the surgery she wouldn't have been able to see the GP?? and was told before my fiance could have an appointment she would have to go to the surgery and register as a permanent patient, I was then asked if my fiance was available to talk (due to patient confidentiality) I told the receptionist that my fiance had just stirred from her sleep due to her bad night of worry and that she was'nt really in a state to talk but she said its fine if a can just talk to her plz so i passed the phone over to my fiance, i was by her side and could hear the receptionist being very abrupt and talking down to my fiance, to that my fiance asked the receptionist said 'excuse me iv'e only just opened my eyes, would you mind not speaking down to me like something you've just stepped in and talk to me a little more civilly), my fiance was explained why she would'nt have seen a doctor today if she had attended and told to visit the surgery and register as a permanent patient, my fiance hung up, this was a friday so she could'nt get to the surgery until monday as she had her endoscopy to attend that afternoon. Monday came and my fiance realised that her meds were very low and that she needed to register as a permanent patient to avoid complications as in the past, she rang the Surgery and asked what the procedure was to register permanently and that she needed an appointment due to her med's running low. She was told by the receptionist that the surgery would'nt accept her as a patient due to being Verbally Abusive to staff and she had to find another GP surgery, she was also informed a letter was out in the post notifying her as to the reason why. We never received any letter so we rang and asked the Practise Managers name to address our complaint to and was informed Dr X by the receptionist, so we wrote to Dr X asking for a meeting regarding the accusations and what had happened in the past, Dr X replied refusing a meeting/appointment stating that on several occasions my fiance had been verbally abusive to staff and due to the NHS zero tolerance procedure the practise wouldn't accept her as a patient. So we sent a section 10 Data Protection Act Request for my fiances notes and copies of any documentation including notes of the alleged verbal and abusive behaviour including dates and copies of any referrals made urgent or non urgent and to which clinic, along with the stat £10.00 postal order. we have since been sent a reply from Dr X returning our postal order stating that they no longer hold any records and enclosed a list of dates and circumstances that my fiance was supposed to have been verbally abusive to staff but these are written in his letter not copies and to be honest none of the dates tally with appointments she had and the seems all fictional there's double appointments she has missed apparently after the date her notes so called dropped of the system??? the GP clearly refers to evidence he holds in his hands and on a recent telephone call to the surgery with an enquiry about my fiances sicknotes the typed her name in their system and they informed us of dates that they stared and finished in the past, so obviously something is on their system. We sent a letter notifying DRx that he had failed a s10 Request and returned the postal order and that the days are still counting down, and just had a reply stating that ' we do hold statements from staff regarding your communication and conduct during your contact with the surgery, however as it has been abusive both in the surgery and over the telephone I'am refusing to release those statements to you on the grounds that should I do so, I feel there is a real risk of my staff having further abuse which is not acceptable' and that he has taken advise from his local NHS information Governance Support Officer. We have since found out that Dr X isn't the practise manager as informed although Dr X has taken it upon himself to reply and that Dr Y is the Official Practise manager. (again informed by receptionist that Dr X was Practise Manager???) Can anyone please advise if this is correct??? if we can continue persuing any documentation they hold on my fiance?? the pure incompetence of the receptionists is unbelievable and beyond belief the claims being made are so far from the truth, my fiance has been with her old GP for 13 years and not one complaint made against her but yet she moves here and within 2 months there's two or three and I have been with her in the surgery at the alleged times and also within earshot on the phone.. and none of these alligations are true. Since this farce with the Local Gp and only a week after the refusal to re register there my fiance ended up in hospital for two weeks prior to christmas and this could have been avoided had she her GP to call on... Again sorry for the lenthy post just hope we can get some help/advise Hadituptohere
  12. Hi guys on the 22nd/10/2014 i sustained an injury at work hurting my shoulder and knee, i have carried on working due to the fact i have no holidays to take to get to my gp,, i completed an accident form then 1 week later emailed my manager to see if he had seen it, at which he replied no, ( no further discussion has been made ) until today i worked all day through my breaks to then travel the 45 miles back home and make my late appointment with my gp. He wants me to go back next week drain the blood from my knee administer a cortisone injection in it and also put cortisone in my shoulder. if it does not cure my shoulder then an ultrasound and possible keyhole to fix the problem. He advised rest but i told him its xmas i cant miss the pay and work has told me i will already be on a disciplinary as it is because i have had 5 days off in 12 months, The doctor said well its my own choice that's his advice, i then went and told my manager what was happening for him to then say i cant attend work, as the doctor had advised i rest, no sick note issued mind. i told him well no one has give a stuff since the 22nd Oct so i can keep working now, but he is now adamant i cant work and i should travel the 45 miles to work tomorrow and call him once there for a meeting, even though it will then take him 2 hrs to travel up to the depot. i told him i have made changes to my vehicle now so it makes it easier on me while i mend but alas he is making me stop work,. So my question after all that is, if i feel ok to carry on and the doctor has not signed me as unfit for work can i still work.... Besides no body cared about it for the last 5 weeks or so.
  13. As predicted they did it again. I don;t know why my advisor just didn't say from the beginning that he had no intention of allowing me to go on the new enterprise allowance scheme. Here's what happened today. After raising this with the manager of the site last week I was supposed to go in today to fill in the paper work. Only I had this job interview, and as part of my JSA deal I had to go along with it even though the intention was to go on this scheme. I rearranged the interview for after today, and filled in the application form they sent me. I suspected all along it was a set up. I saw the emails they sent me printed off when I went in on his desk so then I knew it was coming then. This company basically have handed the job centre personal documents of mine without my consent, which I think breaks the data protection act. I have reported this to police and guess what- not a police matter. The company also cancelled the interview following my application form, so I sent them a cheeky email back telling them where to shove it and they grassed me up to the job centre, who have now referred my claim to a decision maker. My advisor also refused to sign me up foe this scheme on these grounds as well, so basically the whole thing has been a set up. My question first of all is where do I stand on this with regards to the data protection act, and what can I do about it? I'm ill from all the stress they have caused me this year and going get a sick note from my doctor again tomorrow. I thought if I could start up my own business then this would allow me to be self sufficient without having to worry about not sleeping and turning up late for work all the time, and making myself more ill. Second question- can I now claim ESA if I have been referred to a decision maker and how does that affect my claim for that? I was on it last year but ATOS kicked me off it, I should have challenged it, but I honestly want to work. I am having transient health problems which are causing me a lot of worry.
  14. Good Afternoon. A colleague of mine is 9 weeks pregnant(unplanned but happy) and has used up all her holiday for this year. Unfortunately, due to her having 3 miscarriage's in the past the doctor's are ensuring she goes in for more appointments then a standard pregnancy up until 13 weeks. Our employer has now said that for any appointments she's required to attend, she won't get her standard pay and only statutory sick pay will be recieved. This will be the case even if she is only out of the office for a 2-3hours. The company may have covered themselves in the employee handbook but surely there must be slighty more compassion to expecting mothers??? Any advice would be great, thank you.
  15. Hello everyone. I have a doctor visit on Saturday about a DLA claim. Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding this. I have heard people say don't sign things but surely they will need some kind of signature at some point. I'm really looking for what to expect and what to look out for. So any help at all would be really appreciated.
  16. Can anyone explain in relatively simple terms the status of a doctor who is registered with GMC and has a licence to practise but is not on the specialist or gp registers?
  17. Does anyone know if it is possible to refuse an assessment by a specific person, e.g. if you feel there would be a conflict of interest? How about if you have had a previous dispute with the doctor where DWP have effectively accepted that the doctor was severely mistaken in their version of events - i.e. it was an out and out fabrication? This may be giving away my identity if ATOS read these threads, but is it reasonable to give a 4 hour time slot where the HCP might arrive for a home assessment? This means that both myself and my carer have to be ready for the assessment to start for a very long time, it will severely disrupt our usual routine and it will completely exhaust me.
  18. Document Source: http://disabilitynewsservice.com/201...mant-requests/ A senior doctor working for Atos Healthcare told colleagues he was “sickened” that disabled benefit claimants can now demand to have their “fitness for work” assessments recorded, according to a leaked email seen by Disability News Service (DNS). Geoff Douglas, who has been assessing disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits for more than 10 years, sent the email in reply to an Atos manager who had complained that colleagues were refusing to carry out audio-recorded work capability assessments (WCAs). The manager said in her email that a colleague was having “major difficulties getting any HCP [healthcare professional] to undertake a recorded assessment”. But in his reply, copied to colleagues at the Atos assessment centre in Birmingham, Douglas said he was appalled that claimants were now able to demand to have their assessments recorded. He wrote that “although I do them, it sickens me that clients, who apparently have a perfect right to not turn up and to not fill in an ESA50 form [the questionnaire every claimant has to fill in], now have the right to demand a recording”. He also described Atos as “without doubt the most incompetent, inefficient and uncaring organisation with which I have ever been involved”. It is just the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents in which Atos assessors and other staff have been shown in a less than flattering light over their attitudes to benefit claimants and the assessments, which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits. Douglas, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, complained in his email that the task of assessors was “becoming ever more complex and ever more futile, as we bend over backwards to satisfy the demands of a government that wants and needs cuts to the welfare budget”. He said the time they were given to carry out the assessments was “unrealistic”, and added: “If I do it quickly, I have not covered all the issues. If I award even a few derisory points, I have not justified them sufficiently. “If I award nothing, the client goes to an appeals tribunal that is singing from a different hymn sheet.” He added: “If someone complains, I have to justify my very existence to people at Atos who neither know me, nor support me, nor care. Meanwhile my work load increases and my remuneration decreases as each year goes by.” When contacted by DNS, Douglas said: “I am not really interested in discussing it. It was something that was internal. Everybody has exasperation with people from time to time. I am really not very happy to discuss Atos.” The email was leaked to DNS just days after the government admitted that it had made it easier – at least in the short term – for claimants to insist that their WCA was recorded. Disabled activists have repeatedly accused the government and Atos Healthcare of putting obstacles in the way of claimants who want their WCAs to be taped, to protect them from assessors who do not record their evidence accurately and fairly. An Atos spokeswoman said: “We do not comment directly on leaks.” But she added: “Any issues raised by our doctors, nurses or physiotherapists are dealt with through the proper channels. “We audio record assessments where this request is made ahead of time and in accordance with our contract with the DWP.” A DWP spokesman said: “This is for Atos to respond to. We don’t comment on leaks.” Meanwhile, Labour MP Sheila Gilmore secured a short Commons debate this week to discuss the audio-recording of assessments, and told MPs that it was still difficult for a claimant to have their WCA taped, even though this would improve the quality of assessments and cut the number of appeals. The Conservative employment minister Mark Hoban admitted in response to Gilmore that Atos only has 52 recorders across the country to cope with more than 11,000 assessments a week. 13 June 2013
  19. Document Source: http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/06/atos-doctor-sickened-by-claimant-requests/ A senior doctor working for Atos Healthcare told colleagues he was “sickened” that disabled benefit claimants can now demand to have their “fitness for work” assessments recorded, according to a leaked email seen by Disability News Service (DNS). Geoff Douglas, who has been assessing disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits for more than 10 years, sent the email in reply to an Atos manager who had complained that colleagues were refusing to carry out audio-recorded work capability assessments (WCAs). The manager said in her email that a colleague was having “major difficulties getting any HCP [healthcare professional] to undertake a recorded assessment”. But in his reply, copied to colleagues at the Atos assessment centre in Birmingham, Douglas said he was appalled that claimants were now able to demand to have their assessments recorded. He wrote that “although I do them, it sickens me that clients, who apparently have a perfect right to not turn up and to not fill in an ESA50 form [the questionnaire every claimant has to fill in], now have the right to demand a recording”. He also described Atos as “without doubt the most incompetent, inefficient and uncaring organisation with which I have ever been involved”. It is just the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents in which Atos assessors and other staff have been shown in a less than flattering light over their attitudes to benefit claimants and the assessments, which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits. Douglas, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, complained in his email that the task of assessors was “becoming ever more complex and ever more futile, as we bend over backwards to satisfy the demands of a government that wants and needs cuts to the welfare budget”. He said the time they were given to carry out the assessments was “unrealistic”, and added: “If I do it quickly, I have not covered all the issues. If I award even a few derisory points, I have not justified them sufficiently. “If I award nothing, the client goes to an appeals tribunal that is singing from a different hymn sheet.” He added: “If someone complains, I have to justify my very existence to people at Atos who neither know me, nor support me, nor care. Meanwhile my work load increases and my remuneration decreases as each year goes by.” When contacted by DNS, Douglas said: “I am not really interested in discussing it. It was something that was internal. Everybody has exasperation with people from time to time. I am really not very happy to discuss Atos.” The email was leaked to DNS just days after the government admitted that it had made it easier – at least in the short term – for claimants to insist that their WCA was recorded. Disabled activists have repeatedly accused the government and Atos Healthcare of putting obstacles in the way of claimants who want their WCAs to be taped, to protect them from assessors who do not record their evidence accurately and fairly. An Atos spokeswoman said: “We do not comment directly on leaks.” But she added: “Any issues raised by our doctors, nurses or physiotherapists are dealt with through the proper channels. “We audio record assessments where this request is made ahead of time and in accordance with our contract with the DWP.” A DWP spokesman said: “This is for Atos to respond to. We don’t comment on leaks.” Meanwhile, Labour MP Sheila Gilmore secured a short Commons debate this week to discuss the audio-recording of assessments, and told MPs that it was still difficult for a claimant to have their WCA taped, even though this would improve the quality of assessments and cut the number of appeals. The Conservative employment minister Mark Hoban admitted in response to Gilmore that Atos only has 52 recorders across the country to cope with more than 11,000 assessments a week. 13 June 2013
  20. Hi all, I am going to be completely honest here. I work at a call centre which was recently taken over by a bigger company. Since then, the sickness policy has become tougher. I have aspergers, which was only recently diagnosed (unofficially), which explains the days where I was just too burnt out and fed up to go to work. This is regarded as "skiving" by others and, secretly, myself - someone who doesn't have aspergers will never understand this. (Of course, there are odd occasions in the past where I was basically skiving.) I have had so much genuine sickness lately - including vertigo and norovirus - and I was given a first written warning (a disciplinary) for my absence despite having a doctor's note. During my Google searches, nobody seems to agree whether or not this is legal. Also I am risking a second written warning because I am likely to be snowed in tomorrow. We only have "snow days" when the employer decides. I live in a little village at the bottom of a very steep hill, and everyone else lives near major A-roads, so it's hardly likely we will get a "snow day". What are my rights regarding dangerous weather? If I can't get in, should I take photos and video on my phone to prove it? As for the doctor's note, can they still discpline me after they knew I was sending one in? It was my doctor's suggestion that I be signed off, I did not ask for it, I just thought he would give me a bottle of jollop to stop my head from feeling like it was going to spin off my neck and fly away. I know I kind of brought this on myself - but my team leader knows I am going to be diagnosed with aspergers and she says my employer cannot really do anything to help or support me, so I must face the same targets and working conditions as everyone else despite my specialised requirements.
  21. Read more : http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/doctor-shocked-benefits-system-004300362.html
  22. Hi, I am having a visit on Monday 13/8/12 from a Doctor about my DLA claim I suffer from Fybromyalgia and depression. I have been unable to get out of the house for about 3 months now as I am unable to walk without being in severe pain and if I travel on a bus I am in agony and then the day after I can not move. My Fybromyalgia causes me to be tried continuously and in severe pain from head to foot. I need my hubby to help me make meals and everyday task. I forget where I am going and I have once or twice stopped in the middle of the road (full of traffic) because I have forgot which way I am going. Some days I do not even want to get dressed and my hubby has to convince me to get washed and dressed. My life has become like being in prison I am absolutely petrified about this doctor coming on Monday as I feel that it will be a total waste of time. Do they actually care that I am unable to get out and that I am unable to do things I used to do and I am becoming a burden on my family . Does anyone have any helpful hints for me or am I wasting my time xxx
  23. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186522/Womans-itchy-ear-caused-spider-living-FIVE-days.html
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