Home#Human CatastropheThe PIP Files: DWP documents show ‘absolutely shocking’ failure on further evidence
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  • jeff3 February 9, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Outsourcing companies have been failing to request vital evidence from GPs and social workers that would help disabled people secure the benefits they are entitled to, confidential Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) documents have revealed. doesn’t the dwp have to do this quire your medical notes from the doctors for that princely sum or 33 pounds or so it was never intended that these companies do this

  • Pilly February 26, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I deal with this on a regular basis, Jeff. On almost all of the decisions on PIP and ESA I am finding that in the majority of cases there was no Further Medical Evidence (FME) requested by the Healthcare Professional (HP), despite the fact that DWP guidance requires that the HP should request FME in all cases where mental health issues are evident in the PIP2 form or the ESA50 Questionnaire. In one case I sent to appeal in November 2017 the Decision Maker (DM) stated quite clearly in the decision notice that evidence from the clients GP and Consultant was taken into account in reaching the decision (no award). The client however produced a letter from her GP and Consultant who both stated that DWP had not contacted them for any evidence. This was the first time I have seen documented evidence that incriminates a DM and it is why I always encourage clients to contact their GP’s, or anyone else involved in their care, to check if FME has been requested.

    The hearing is set for early May and I know for sure what the outcome is going to be.

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