Despite getting a letter saying our appeal would be reviewed in 20 working days ( we are now up to 40 ) the CHC panel has no obligation to tell you anything for three months . I went on the Govt website which deals with procedures and tucked away on page 3900 (exaggerating but not much ) is the information that says just that . The other odd thing is that each National Health trust has their own rules of procedure as to who will be consulted by whom and when . We could be waiting until April before we get a reply one way or another and then there does not seem to be a time scale if one wants to appeal to the independent panel if the decision has gone against us . So all in all it could take nearly a year since our first assessment went in . If one wins it is back dated but if one loses one has to start the whole process over again from scratch . Whoever dreamt up this process has a very devious mind !