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Has anyone else heard that DWP phone doctors to tell them not to write medical support letters?

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Johnjo5555
Johnjo5555 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited June 2022 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Has anyone else heard that dwp(pip) phone doctors /nurses to tell them not to write  medical support letters, as they probably wouldn't use them anyway and use their own assessment 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,167 Disability Gamechanger
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    Never heard of this before. They very rarely contact anyone for any evidence anyway, the onus is on you to prove you qualify. If a GP did write a letter of support it wouldn't be the best evidence to send because a GP doesn't spend any time with you to know exactly how your conditions affect you.
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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
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    No I've not heard them phone to say not to write support evidence. I've heard they've contacted them before to say they've found someone fit for work and not to write fit notes which is just outrageous but not what you've said
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Has anyone else heard that dwp(pip) phone doctors /nurses to tell them not to write  medical support letters, as they probably wouldn't use them anyway and use their own assessment 
    If you have had a WCA and been found Fit for Work then DWP can inform GPs that they no longer require Fit Notes. Daft because you might still need a Fot Note to provide to your employer regardless of what DWP think.
    See page 22 of the UC50
    Universal Credit capability for work questionnaire (UC50) (publishing.service.gov.uk)
    You can refuse consent for them to do that by ticking the appropriate box.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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