Having failed my both my appeals against the ATOS decision to award me no points, the last appeal being held in the County Court in front of a Magistrate and a Doctor who were both sympathetic but powerless to overturn the results due to the way the ****** system was.
In-between this attend *Nick Cleggs question and answer session locally and put my dilemma/situation/issues with ATOS/DWP to him. *(he was the deputy pm then)
Again sympathy because of being caught in the 'treadmill' then assured that the government does recognise the problem and were working with industry on this.
Told by jobcentre that 'realistically there is no work for people like you' walking into the place for the first time and being unable to *breath properly may have had something to do with it? *(and on subsequent visits while being observed by security guards)
In the few months I had to sign on in order to receive any money at all I must have seen half of the staff members/job coaches, no one wanted much to do with me!
In-between appeals my condition deteriorated so doc signs me back onto the sick once more this being treated as a new claim, payment less than 50% of my previous disability benefit.
Called in for two further assessments last year first one with ATOS, spent nearly two hours waiting to be seen first told that they were short staffed then that no doctor was available to see me!
They had not read my notes properly before making my appointment??????????????????
A few weeks later second appointment (now with Maximus) arrives (31.7.15), back to the centre and wait for nearly two hours again to then be told they were short staffed and that 'no qualified person available to see me'
The centre is located in one of the traffic pollution hot spots/parts of the city, no prizes for guessing what state I was in by this time.
They tried to make me new appointment but could not as ' no qualified person will be at the centre in the foreseeable future.
**The staff member who spoke to me was the same one I had seen years ago at the centre, they all seemed familiar to me.
Because they are the same people, apparently the staff member had worked there for 20 odd years and in that time worked for six different companies doing the same job!
Last week finally went for the assessment, have to say when the letter arrived I felt really down fully expecting the worst again.
This time I did not have to wait for long, saw a Doctor, explained about my previous experience with ATOS, assessments etc, she had no idea at all about the points system previously used!
Asked relevant questions about my condition and the Doctor listened, the assessment was cut short due to my breathing worsening.
Doctor told me that based on what I had told her I should not worry too much.
Apologies if I have rambled on a bit.
Happy Easter to all.