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Medical- not a single thing did they ask about my physical health

tina1888tina1888 Member Posts: 85 Courageous
So I went for my medical yesterday for ESA.  It was pretty horrible they kept us waiting for an hour and 40 minutes. I had to be moved to a private room due to distress.
We had asked for it to be recorded due to the Pip assesor lying.
The thing that concerned me is all the assesor asked about was my mental health. Not a single thing did she ask about my physical health. Not a thing about my diabetes or osteoporosis. Is this normal to just to one thing?
I just don't know how they can make a full and propped diagnosis of my health conditions.


  • susan48susan48 Member Posts: 2,229 Disability Gamechanger
    @tina1888, I’m sorry I can’t really answer your question, I don’t have physical problems just mental health problems. 

    Hopefully someone one can help with your question though
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Pioneering
    Hi tina1888

    If you have a look at the Healthcare Professional's guidance on conducting an assessment, it seems clear that they need to cover both mental and physical health.


    However, if they think that they already understand the physical conditions as they apply to you, it is possible that the assessor understood your issues anyway and that this will be reflected in their report.

    You will unfortunately need to wait for the decision. If it is other than you need it to be, talk to us here on the community, lots of people here have had nonsense assessments and have eventually got the resulting decisions turned over. But of course I am so sorry to read about another person stressed by these not fit-for-purpose practices.

    Lets hope we can get this changed fairly soon. There is too much suffering involved at the moment. 

    Best wishes

    Benefits and Finance Information Specialist 
    Scope Helpline
    Tel: 0808 800 3333 
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