johntaras Posted August 18, 2010 Share Posted August 18, 2010 Hi to anyone who reads this and let me apologise if it appears that I am being negative or complaining for complaining sake. I am neither and have not once in the nine months since my SAH said why me or been depressed abouit the situation. However like a number of people I have had to attend an ESA Medical review to qualify for benefit. I use the term loosly because to qualify seems to have a variety of meanings. It seems from this mornings correspondence it appears you have to score more than 15 points to win a prize, (benefit). To summarize I had my SAH in November last year and am still off work. I know that a number of people who contribute to this site returned to work within this time but we are all different and all have had different experiences. In the last two weeks I have attended two Medical Reviews, one for the ESA and one for Occupational Health, work requested. How they can both be so diverse in method or results amazes me. The second was completed by a Doctor, who had questions that related to me returning to work, all relevant and justified. The outcome was that his report to which I have received a copy, and to which he told me the contents off as he was compiling it is fair and has a bearing on my return to work. It also informs Personnel that he feels I should be able to resume work in the next three to four months under a supervised program. It mentions my illness, hospital period, surgery, current problems. The first report is just a letter with a two sided appendix of tick boxes with points scored, from someone who never interviewed me! This is a standard assessment with none of the questions having any direct bearing on what happened to me and what problems I still have. From this wonderful system I scored 6 points thus not qualifying for benefit. There is no mention of my SAH, no mention of the memory problems or fatigue problems I curently suffer from. To have a NO decision is what I expected from hearing all the press. However it is doubly insulting when the original claim for Sick Pay was reduced by the value of my Pension for which I had worked for for 34 years, and was now receiving since my last Redundancy at 50 years of age.This left me with no Sick Pay as such until I qualified for £24.50 per week on Contribution based score. Let me finish with the point that I actually want to return to work when able but since my SAH do not feel that I will be able to undertake my original duties as they were. I hope that with the report from the Occupational Health a new job may be posible. Lastly the final insult from the ESA was to suggest I contact my Employer about returning to work! Needless to say I will be appealing the decision. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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