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Hi, my name is katiemarie! refused medical retirement

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katiemarie
katiemarie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited April 24 in Work and employment
Hi help I have been refused medical retirement eventhough have GP letters and consultant stipulates my condition.
Life is hard enough living now being disabled to have to start fighting  

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,145 Scope online community team
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    Hey there @katiemarie and welcome to the community. :)

    I'm so sorry to hear you've been turned down for medical retirement. Did they give you a valid reason? Is there anything the community can do to support you? 
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  • katiemarie
    katiemarie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Hi they have said eventhough they accept my condition is bad, in time they recon with medication I could do some sort of work within the next eight years. I wish the person could see me x
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,145 Scope online community team
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    Oh that must be infuriating, I'm so sorry.  It's very easy for people on the outside to look at a piece of paper and make a decision for you. 
    Have you spoken to anyone from ACAS? They specialise in employment issues and may be able to offer some more targeted advice? 
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  • katiemarie
    katiemarie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you for that information I will contact them x
  • luvpink
    luvpink Community member Posts: 106 Pioneering
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    Hi help I have been refused medical retirement eventhough have GP letters and consultant stipulates my condition.
    Life is hard enough living now being disabled to have to start fighting  
    @K@katiemarie
    Did your GP and consultant state the impact your condition affects you and recommend that you should be retired on medical grounds because you have no prospect of your condition improving and therefor you are unable to undertake any form of employment?
    Because if the didn't then just confirming your condition is not evidence to support your ill health retirement claim.
    Also did you have assistance of a union rep' because they should have advised you on your prospects of succeeding or not based on the evidence you provided.
  • Bydand
    Bydand Community member Posts: 113 Pioneering
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    Hi help I have been refused medical retirement eventhough have GP letters and consultant stipulates my condition.
    Life is hard enough living now being disabled to have to start fighting  
    Hi, Sorry to hear that you are having a tough time of it just now.

    Your post doesn’t give an awful lot of information to enable me to really offer advice.

    Can I just clarify some things…

    By medical retirement, you mean that you have applied and subsequently gone through the application process for ill health retirement and that the outcome of this is that your application has been rejected? Or is your work stating to you that you cannot apply in the first instance.

    How long have you been employed in your current job, what pension scheme are you in? (This links directly to ill health retirement and the rules and regulations that govern it), how old are you. are you in a union. Have you been under Occupational health ( which would be expected if formally applying for IHR) and if so what has been there recommendations.

    With regards to GPs acknowledging that you have a specific condition, that in itself would not be sufficient evidence. 
    Many people have one or more conditions that might be described as permanent but are able to manage reasonably well in the work environment. 

    It is also unlikely that a GP writing a report would recommend that you are awarded ill health retirement as that is not part of their remit, they can only provide the medical evidence to support your application…. It is the chief medical Officer looking into your application that ultimately makes that decision based on all the evidence supplied by you.

    What the panel looking at any ill health retirement application want to know about is details of the condition you have but more importantly the permanency of the effects your condition has on you and how this relates to why you cannot reasonably be expected to work, either in the job/ role you are currently in, or any job.

    Many applications are turned down because there are still treatments or medical options still open to a GP or consultant to try, and yes, these can take years to be introduced as part of your medical plan.

    A medical panel would likely want to know that all medical interventions have been exhausted and that there are no more options open to you. If they believe that there may be other options open to you they will likely refuse an application.

    you have the right to appeal any decision, but you need to be aware that you will need to provide substantially more evidence that contradicts the reason for refusal.

    Sorry I can’t be more help but without a little more information from you it is difficult to advise properly.

    I have gone through the ill health process and was awarded ill health retirement so I am fairly knowledgeable on the processes involved.



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