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PIP assessment and mental health
Hello, i have just read your article. It is though you are dealing with a machine (one size fits all). Let me explain. You have one person at ATOS, who is supposed to be multi-skilled. In other words, they have a solid knowledge of all the different problems, of each person that they interview. The raw facts are, that they are working from a protocol, that is drawn up by so called medical professionals at the DWP. The reason that i say, that they are like a machine, is that each person that they interview, has a totally different set of circumstances, than the next person whom they interview. You cannot apply something, that is the same for each person. Physical disabilities and mental health disabilities, are two, totally separate issues, which should be treated totally separately. So the PIP Assessment, should be split into two categories. One category should be with a specialist psychiatrist, for those with mental health issues. And a normal doctor, or specialist nurse, for those with physical disabilities. I can give you an example of how flawed the system for PIP interviews is. My Sister-in-Law, has the mental capacity of a 6 year old. She has had her benefits withdrawn, because she can walk for more than 200 metres, She can walk up steps. She can shower and clean herself, etc. All the questions, that she was asked, had nothing to do with the fact, that she has got mental issues. My brother has had to take over her finances. She had been given a credit card. that my brother did not know about, and rattled up a £6000 debt. When my brother asked her about the debt, she replied that the bank had given her the money, and that she did not owe the bank anything. My Sister-in-Law:s mind, is like Alice in Wonderland. She is not a danger to anyone, and has a heart of gold, but has no perception of the real world. The question i ask is:- Can the ATOS medical professional, really see whats going on in her mind? Does the medical professional have a full history, from birth, of her mental awareness? This is just one example, of many thousands of people, with varying aspects, of mental health issues.