Hi all if anyone can help with advice I would be really grateful as I really do not know where to turn next or what action to take. From April last year I have been really poorly, RA worsened, I didn't think that could get any worse (diagnosed 22 years ago) and from April to December last year I was in and out of hospital, numerous chest x rays, CT scans, appointments at Pleural Clinic and Interstiial Lung Disease Clinic and I have now been diagnosed with Bronchiectasis caused by RA.
Last February 2012 I had been put into the WRAG. I appealed asking for a reconsideration to be placed into the support group, but was denied. On 9 Jan this year the job centre plus woman advised that I should now request a support group deterioration review as I have now been diagnosed with Bronchiectasis. My ESA stopped on 1 Feb so I have no money, then I get a letter today from Job Centre Plus to say NO, I have not been placed in the support group as I am not terminally ill, not receiving chemotherapy, have no pregnancy risk and the examining doctor stated that following the examination (what examination), decided I am not at any substantially increased risk if found to be capable of work related activity? Bog standard letter in my opinion, no one has actually looked at this again.
I telephoned Job Centre Plus and told them that I did not agree with the decision and that I wish to appeal and that I would like a copy of the examining doctors report, GET THIS, the womans reply "There is no point in sending you a copy of the medical report as you have already received a copy and THE EXAMINING HEALTH PROFESSIONAL HAS MADE A DECISION BASED ON YOUR ORIGINAL MEDICAL ASSESSMENT", that was November 2011!
So what do I do now, it's like banging your head up the wall, no one is listening, no one cares, I fail to see that any real qualified members of the medical proffession are making these decisions, just some pen pushing numpty behind a desk. It seems impossible to get to speak to anyone who can make a decision for you to even get an appointment or review face to face, I am just being told no.
Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks.