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Hi,

My friend has just gone through a medical with Atos, which went fine I gather.

Three days later, my friend got a letter saying as they have a particular condition, they would not be required to attend a medical ( lol )

 

My question is this, how would my friend obtain a copy of the IB85 even though they do not need it for an appeal etc. purely for information, which may be useful when the switchover to ESA happens.

Figuring what's written on the IB85 might be of use next time, as whatever was written caused the 'no need to attend' letter to be sent out. ( this happens every time apparently )

 

They are not able to use they telephone, and I have been told previously that I cannot do it over the phone on their behalf without prior written consent.

 

Is there a particular letter or place that needs writing to in order to receive a copy of the completed IB85? Atos's own address? or the local DWP office? who would have it?

 

I'm imagining a letter written by me, but countersigned by my friend, and have the copy of IB85 sent out to his address may be enough?

 

many thanks..

 

Bob.

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Hi

You need to simply write to the DWP where he received the letter for the decision requesting a copy of the IB85. Quote in the letter the NI number.

Just say Please could you send me a copy of the IB85 medical report.

I sent my letter recorded delivery and received a reply within 5days.

Best wishes

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Another thing worth mentioning your friend can appoint an appointee to deal with their benefits ie you can deal with the form filling and telephone calls then.

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