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ESA reassessment getting stressed


I'm getting so stressed with my ESA reassessment. I've been on ESA (support) for 3 years and got an ESA50 form in the post in early August and returned.  They sent a form to my GP in October and he returned it saying what do they expect me to say, your getting worse he didn't write much on it (I have MS).  Its now January and they finally sent me F2F, they say the delay is because they wanted a doctor to see me.

I suffer from many illness mostly linked to my MS, they have already seen 4 letters from different specialists, I have no problems with a F2F but why would they want a doctor to see me?  Is that normal?

I just find this process extremely difficult, I received one letter giving an update and that's it.

I'm not sure I'm not seeing the full picture, maybe being overly defensive, I just feel they do not believe my specialists or me.

Sorry rant over,  


  • anon1anon1 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    It is a very stressful process but you do not have anything to worry about everyone has to have a review no matter what conditions people have and evidence that has been sent. Just be honest and relaxed and im sure there will be no changes to the ESA. They are nice people really that do the assessments 
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome. In 2016 I was diagnosed with MS, I had a PIP F2F then was ready to go for an ESA acessment, only now have I found out the papers where looked at by a disability acessment nurse who recommended a doctor did the acessment but another nurse had looked at the medical evidence and supporting letters and I was placed in the support group without a F2F acessment. So you maybe hopefully given the same paper based acessment.
  • anon1anon1 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hopefully that mighr happen anyone with MS now has to be seen by a doctor or a physiotherapist and for severe symptoms can be signed off for life but normally have to have an assessment but I'm sure there shouldnt problems and stay in SG 
  • scotsguyscotsguy Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks. Just needed to rant. Such a long process but hopefully will go okay.
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