Got a nice New Year present of the papers that will be sent off to the tribunal court for my appeal to go into the ESA support group instead of work related group. Have been unwell since before Christmas with a nasty virus which still hasn't quite gone, but as I am stuck indoors in the snow decided to go though the assessor's report and what the DWP/Atos have to say.
My initial impression is the sheer arrogance of Atos/DWP - I quote
'It is important to distinguish between the role of the health care professional, and that of the GP or consultant. The primary role of the GP is to diagnose and treat any medical conditions that their patient presents to them. A GP or consultant does not routinely consider the functional restrictions appropriate to the activities and descriptors of the limited capability for work assessment' And also it would seem quite acceptable for me to perform 'activities' even if causes pain or discomfort.
Sorry to see that Prof Hughes, my GP, physio, osteopath, and all the other consultants I have seen over the years have never considered my 'functional capabilities' or discussed them with me!!!
The report itself is very fair and the assessor stated that it was unlikely that I would be able to return to work for at least two years (that is when I will be getting my state pension) and unlikely to return in the longer term due to all the evidence. Needless to say the DWP ignored this.
The problem I have with the assessor's report is that she was not from the uk, and the standard of written English is pretty dire to say the least. She was typing away furiously whilst I was being interviewed and then only took a further 30mins to complete her report.
I can imagine that with the numbers of appeals the tribunal are not going to have time to read reports except at speed and it is just not possible to do that with the way mine is written. So I am considering rewriting it in the same sequential order that she has (a complete joke!) and correcting spelling and grammatical errors and then sending it to the court with a covering letter to say why I have done so. My husband isn't too sure about this so I would welcome opinions.
At the end of the day I just with this government would be up-front and honest about their policies to the chronically sick and disabled. If they are means testing DLA and ESA (which it would appear they are doing) why can't they just say so.