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Evidence of diagnosis

I have read the form to apply for a Blue Badge and it says I have to send evidence to prove my conditions. Can I just ask admin at my G.P surgery for copies of my MRI scan and results of my bone density scan? Has anyone else done that?

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I would discuss what your GP can send you / write for you but they usually charge for a letter these days. I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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If you have got the request in writing take it with you as you will be charged for information. If information is requested by a third party IE DWP it is free, but if it is requested by you its a charge. Get a such evidence as you can seriously you can.send it in.bit by bit as long as they know . Trust me when I say I'm going through hell iv been classed as disabled but that obviously doesn't matter. Long story had medical and what I thought enough info I use crutches I have kyphoscoliosis so a spine of a 90 year old woman can't pick anything. Can't walk far bla bla bla.they refused based on the fact I supposedly stated I can do.everything.most of the time... I have support worker as my witness and. I.did.no state I. Can.do the things they asked! ! They won't tell me not citizens advice bureau who made the decision and how bases on what information. So second time around I got everything I could. All referrals made Dr's letter explaining my difficulties letters from all other professionals medication I'm on any courses or counselling I'm taking all of my diagnosis and I mean ALL of them from fibro to migranes to a past history of severe anemia I know it sounds like alot but it's worth it I. Promise. They will and do use any tiny detail.to refuse people and in my case even lie.. you need to cover your back I sent in letters. From 2 years ago that my Dr writ to my work explaining that I. Cannot.do night shifts due to.the fibro and how I struggle.with it. I really hope this helps and good.luck ... x

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Phone your local blue badge team and ask them. It is not like DWP applications. They don't want your medical history just what conditions you have, whether they are permanent and how they affect your walking. You may be asked to go for an assessment, but that is also just purely to see what your walking is like.

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I have to get my blue badge from my local council and they take a photo of me and ask for proof of disability I normally give them a copy of my letter from DWP confirming my payment for mobility but I am still on DLA don't know how it will be with PIP.

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Thank you all. That is very useful! Have a good day.

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I don't remember having to give any evidence for my Blue Badge... just my award letters from the DWP. This, to me, would be all the information they needed as the DWP have carried out assessments & gathered evidence to be able to award you the relevant Disability Benefit. I know I had to tell them what illnesses I suffered from but it really shouldn't be your responsibility to give evidence - if they need that information from a health professional, they should get it themselves... providing you have given consent.

Maybe the application process has changed since I applied about 12 months ago. I really wouldn't send anything to them until you have confirmed exactly what it is they need & why.

Debs <3

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Hi Debs

Yes that applies if you have a DWP award but not if you haven"t. People like myself not in receipt of benefits have to apply to see if our mobility issues are considered poor enough to get a badge.

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Yes, panda60 that s the position I am in. Makes me wonder if I should apply for Attendance Allowance as people who have been assessed for benefits seem to get an easier ride when it comes to Blue Badge awarding.

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Google blue badge criteria and it shows clearly who qualifies automatically. Everyone else has to complete the application form from their local council who are only interested in what prevents you from walking without difficulty. If you haven't spoken to the blue badge team then it would probably be a good idea as they can explain the process to you.

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Thank you. I understand the procedure but it is just the evidence that puzzled me!

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Stank you for that. I am retired and not claiming any benefits e.g. Attendance Allowance so they can refer to any previous documentation. I will ask my physio what he thinks when I see him this week! Hope you are having a good day.

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I would just fill in the form with as much information as you can if I were you. In my experience, having worked in GP surgeries in the past, even if you send documentary evidence in with your paperwork, social services may well still write to your GP/consultant for confirmation. As someone else mentioned, any medical report has to be paid for as NICE don't deem this to be correct use of NHS time and doctors are expected to dictate reports outside surgery hours. Similarly, any copies of scans etc will probably have to be paid for. If social services need supporting evidence they will write requesting the specific information they need and they will foot the bill for this. Good luck with your application x

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Thank you for that. It is very enlightening ! Hope you are pain free today!

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I have been for my Blue Badge assessment with a doctor today. I was in and out in no time. Don't know if that is a bad thing or a good thing. Had anyone any views on this please? I don't know what to think.

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