Has anyone ever heard of anyone being put straight into an ESA group without having to attend a physical appointment? I've been wrangling with the DWP and ATOS about the length of time I've been on the basic rate, and even involved my MP after Atos claimed they were no longer bound by deadlines since they'd chosen not to renew the contract.
On Friday I phoned Atos again and was told that my doctors had been in correspondence several times with Atos and had now provided all of the information they needed, and that my case was with a doctor to decide if an appointment was necessary, or if a decision could be made based on the evidence. I was wondering if this is standard, but they always call everyone in, or if it might be a realistic consideration. As well as Fibro, hypermobility syndrome and recently diagnosed hypothyroidism, I have suffered a mental breakdown and been diagnosed as bipolar, and had to move back in with my parents as I was unable to look after myself properly. I wondered if it was the mental aspect that might be affecting them, since that is the main reason why I had to stop working. It's could just be a fobbing off to make me think my case is almost completed when really they have every intention of making me wait a further 6 months for an interrogation