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A family friend is undergoing after cancer care treatment received chemotherapy etc.


Has been in the support group for it.


He received a ESA50 form recently to complete and got his GP to provide him supporting evidence about his cancer after care and inability to walk.

The medical report was very detailed.


I am now astonished that they have sent out an appointment for a face to face assessment?


How on gods earth will a face to face interview prove someone has got cancer and also issues walking from a so called Assessment Adviser who has no medical expertise in such cases?


I have spoken to Macmillian and they are shocked to hear this they have advised they must not have read the report and usually cancer cases are fast track with a decision without the need for a face to face?


1. Who do I question why they have decided to do a F2F for a cancer patient when they have clearly been sent the medical reports stapled to the form.


2. Is it correct cancer patients should not go through this rig-moral if they have evidence they are going through this.


3. Also I have read if a F2F is required who do I ask that he wants it RECORDED.


The whole things looks a shambles and that they have just not read anything before even asking for a F2F. The cancer treatment is bad enough but this is a disgrace. I have read cancer patients should be fast tracked is this correct?

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did that to my neighbour too

the ATOS woman cam around the week after major stomach surgery with a 10in surgery stiched wound be treated by the didtrict nurse whist she was there

was given here file by the nurse

asked various questions

went away and said there was nothing wrong with her

she could walk 50mts to her gar [though was not allowed to drive her MOTABILITY car and no-one else held a licence for it!!]

was doingcross stich and playing cards so was quite capable of cooking!!

the walking frame was right by the side of her

the atos woman even had to move it out the way to use a table to write on


told another load of lies too.

the district nurse went ballistic when she heard she was refused ESA totallyy!!

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If the cancer is terminal then fast tracking is applicable.



You say you've spoken to Macmillian, they can give benefit support and advice, failing that get CAB involved in the process, usually FTF are done because there is not enough uptodate supporting medical evidence provided with the ESA50.


With the support of mcmillian and CAB they should advise based on the actual case.

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