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DOCTORS EVIDENCE

Alan1957Alan1957 Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello. I was wondering if anyone could tell me,how I go about asking my doctor for medical evidence to support my MR PIP claim please. Thank you

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,379 Disability Gamechanger

    1) Book an appointment. Do not be fobbed off with the line about "if DWP want evidence they will ask me". Some will attempt to charge. Consider in that case if it's worth it. It can often be better to simply ask for your entire medical records. £10 charge.

    2) Ask yourself what the weak points in your evidence are. Will GP evidence fill those gaps?

    3) 52% of those PIP claims which succeed do so without any additional evidence. There's a reason for that.

  • Alan1957Alan1957 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you for that information,very helpful. 
  • cat1cat1 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    I have seen on another site,a form for your GP to fill in .It supposed to be for pip. 
    You have to be a member which I think the charge is £19 ? But it will let you assess files ect to help.

    I think £19 is a lot of money when you are on basic benefits.Though if I could afford it ,I would !
    But then it's a choice between heat electric or food to cut for 2wks.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,379 Disability Gamechanger

    Paying is a personal choice as you say but many people on a fixed income either don't have that choice or make the payment because they are desperate and feel they have no choice. Tribunals often adjourn for relevant parts of medical records anyway; GP evidence is largely irrelevant if you're already referred to a specialist. It's easy enough to be duped into thinking something has a value beyond that which it actually has. It's why I have forcibly made the point elsewhere that the value in recorded delivery is minimal when compared to the fact you can email stuff in for nothing and it's not appropriate or accurate for advisers to suggest that it has that value for people on fixed incomes.



  • cat1cat1 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes I agree ! 
    I can't afford to pay it,but stressing if I do it could make a difference to getting pip.
    But I think it is wrong to pay for information about us .
  • nikki1471nikki1471 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I had to pay £20 for a doctors letter stating that I couldn' walk more than 5meters they then took my standered mobilty away and gave my nothing 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,379 Disability Gamechanger
    Sadly people obsess on medical evidence when most successful claims succeed without it. There’s also confusion about what medical evidence is. A doctor will not usually see you walk outdoors so any comment they make on it will be based on more than seeing you walk from the waiting room; guessing and what you tell them. None of that is actually medical evidence in any meaningful sense, which explains why you can get it and still see a claim fail, sadly. 

    Like recorded delivery it’s potentially throwing good money after bad.
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