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Some good news!

Hi I've not posted in a while & when I did I was fairly low having been turned down for PIP & medical retirement at work. Still no luck with work & I am waiting for an appeal date. My appeal for medical retirement was turned down so I am being dismissed under ill health although I did have a letter out of the blue last week from the Doctor who is the final person who rubberstamps if you like my retirement refusal. He has said to be fair to mr he wants to write to my consultant again & ask him specific questions relating to the pension criteria. My consultant has already done a report for them at the start of my application but obviously this doctor doesn't feel that he has covered particular points. It may not change the outcome but it is refreshing that he hasn't just automatically dismissed it having seen his 2 colleagues have already refused to award the pension.

The good news is regarding my ESA. I had been in the assessment phase for 35 weeks & then was finally invited to a phase to phase appointment at my local job centre. I was dreading it as the lady who did my PIP interview was very unpleasant & made me feel uncomfortable. The lady doing the ESA assessment was very pleasant & gave me chance to speak & my mum who accompanied me was given time to speak also. I was over the moon this week when the letter arrived saying they had put me in the support group & backdated everything to week 13. I've still got some battles ahead but that certainly was a most welcome surprise as I had expected another disappointment.

Wishing everybody else lots of luck xxx

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Good morning Liltas1972,

Sorry to hear that you are having a hard time with your benefits,

well done on getting your ESA even better that they are back dating it for you,

As you said keep fighting for the rest as sometimes people are refused and they don't appeal which is what these others departments are expecting especially pip. Good luck

Wishing you a pain free day as possible

Loraine x


Oh Liltas1972 that's brilliant news and I'm so pleased for you. It's all very stressful and not good for our health at all. You can relax for a while now and i bet you are so relieved.

It's disappointing about your pension fund but as you say, very reassuring that your doctor has your back and really trying to help. I wouldn't give up on that one just yet, if he is putting himself out in this way to help you, he obviously feels the decision is wrong.

I do wish you luck with it all, you never know, they may change the decision, fingers crossed.

Luv Jan xx


Well that is good news. Also if the doctor who is looking at your medical retirement for work wants other questions answered it could be that he is having second thoughts about your application let's hope that is so. Let us know how you get on.x

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The whole thing with medical retirement has been so stressful for you so it is great news that your doctor is taking up the cudgel.

Good news too about your ESA, hopefully now you are in the support group it is taking the pressure off . Back payments are a nice little bonus too :)



Hi Liltas1972

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? It is lovely to hear form you my friend. I am so genuinely sorry to read of your situation but it is twists and turns with some good, and some bad news? Fingers crossed that this doctor looks at your pension request. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken x

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