9 months ago I posted about my 28 year old daughter who had been struggling to stay in work for several years because of bronchiectasis, severe asthma etc. I was asking about members experience of applying for ill health retirement and whether anyone had been successful, what the process was etc. Lots of lovely people replied and gave me some very valuable advice, all of which we took on board and went ahead with my daughters ill health retirement application. 9 months on, I just wanted to update you, although it is still not concluded, I do feel as though we are almost there. Today we finally saw the occupational Heath doctor who assessed my daughter based upon the evidence from work, from the consultant, the GP and other evidence we submitted. The doctor emailed his report this afternoon, which gives his opinion that she is permanently incapable of doing her current job and permanently incapable of achieving gainful employment before her normal pensionable age. Clearly this is bittersweet - not what you want to hear about your daughter but given her health, she cannot work any longer and so this is what the report needed to say to potentially make life easier financially. Anyway, I know it's not over yet as work still have to agree the release of her pension benefits, but I'm thinking that surely they cannot ignore the opinion of the OH doctor, so they should award her tier 1 benefits (her pension as if she'd worked to retirement age.) So I'm keeping everything crossed that work do the right thing (and obviously will challenge it if not but just wanted to thank members for sharing their experiences with me, can't tell you how helpful it was.