Why did the assessment centre keep me waiting so long??? And why did they start my spasms off???

I went for an assessment centre meeting last Tuesday and as my appointment was 10.30am I arrived a few minutes before as I didn't want to wait too long. The journey getting to the centre was painful especially my mother pushing my wheelchair on the pavements which desperately needed repairing. I got to the centre and my mother told them I was there. I filled in the appropriate form and then moved to where my mother could sit down. I felt a draft start my involuntary spasms and so asked my mother to move me. She moved me next to the security man who was sitting reading a paper and messing with his phone. After my spasms were still continuing and were getting worse I asked the man if the machine causing the draft could be switched off. Apparently instead he turned it to freezing. My legs, arms and back were going like the clappers and so my mother asked when I was going to be seen and they told her I would be next. When someone else went in my mother again asked saying that if she didn't take me home soon then she would need an ambulance. They left me until the end to be seen (12.45pm), even people they were going to cancel got seen before me. They could easily see I was in a lot of pain and discomfort and that I wasn't putting them on. I normally walk around to reduce my pain but cannot do that with spasms. I haven't got a clue what questions I was asked in the assessment or would responses I gave. But I hope it has shown that I am incapable of work. How long do you have to wait for an outcome?

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  • I still have the spasms a week later and have had them 24/7, they are so painful and restrict me walking even more. I am on two sticks at home and a wheelchair mainly outside.

  • yes i know how you feel I have to go this afternoon when it was atos medical 3 times I appealed and won the day good luck

  • Good luck with your assessment. I am pleased you managed to win previous appeals. Fingers crossed for me that this time will be different but I have been to a few tribunals and lost. The judges don't take invisible illnesses seriously. If I am unsuccessful then perhaps I will have to ask you for advice.

  • The last time I went to a tribunal the doctor and the judge wonted to know why I was there and I was there approx 20 mins like you I suffer from an "invisible illness " after over 35 years as a mechanical engineer the job as given my joints a good old battering plus having high blood pressure which led to me having a stroke even though I take medication

  • got on all right at my assessment yesterday the doctor was ok took copies of my reports from the royal orthopaedic hospital when it was atos medical they wouldn't take any evidence and she said if I didn't hear from them in two months but she hadn't any problems

  • They decided that I am not fit to work and that I needed to be placed in the support group according to the letter.