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Cassie3
Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
edited August 2022 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hello my name is Linda. I have peripheral neuropathy in both feet, diabetic myopathy, etc. I've had to claim for uc I gave them my fit note from my doctor which he signed me off independently, but uc want a end date on the fit note. I went back to my doctor and told him, but he said he wrote independently on it for a reason and he won't put a end date on it, what do I do as I've got to go back to universal credit next week. Thank you 

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,611 Championing
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    Hello @Cassie3

    Welcome to the online community, it's lovely to see you join us. Thank you for making your first post and telling us about your situation.

    This sounds quite inconvenient for you, I imagine you are frustrated by what is happening. Did you explain to your doctor that UC said they needed an end date on it?

    Just to check, do you mean to say that your doctor signed you off indefinitely rather than independently?

    It might be worth explaining to UC what your doctor has told you to see if they can make an allowance or whether they would absolutely insist on the end date.

    Aside from this inconvenience, how have you found the UC process so far?
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,805 Championing
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    They probably need an end date to put into the computer system.  Though it's perfectly reasonable to issue a fit note indefinitely, so I'd be a bit surprised if the computer couldn't handle that.

    Can I check whether it actually says 'indefinite' or whether it was just left blank?  If it was left blank, that could be causing a problem.
  • Cassie3
    Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thankyou for your replys im finding universal credit very stressful,my husband who is also my full time carer as to come with me,the most stressfull thing is that they can see im disabled and i suffer with anxiety,as i said my doctor wont give me a end date on my fit note so i dont know what to do.  
  • Cassie3
    Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Yes it's indefinitely on the fit note, and thank you for replying 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,275 Championing
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    There was a thread some time ago about UC not accepting an indefinite fit note. You could ask your GP to put an end date for a years time and this should be enough of time before a decision is made on your work capability assessment. Once it's made no further fit notes will be needed anyway, this will apply regardless of what the decision will be.
  • Cassie3
    Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thank you x
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,926 Championing
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    You are welcome @Cassie3. It is the very least you deserve. If we can do anything else to help, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are all here for you  :)
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,005 Championing
    edited August 2022
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    Guidance for people completing a Fit Note
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-note-guidance-for-healthcare-professionals/getting-the-most-out-of-the-fit-note-guidance-for-healthcare-professionals#filling-in-the-fit-note
    In the first 6 months of a patient’s condition, a fit note can cover a maximum of 3 months. If a condition has lasted longer than 6 months, a fit note can be for any clinically appropriate period up to ‘an indefinite period’.
    If your health condition has been long term your GP is entitled to complete the Fit Note as indefinite.

    UC guidance

    Healthcare professionals will issue medical evidence to a claimant (for a clinically appropriate period for the health condition) in accordance with their own professional standards.
  • Cassie3
    Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thank you very much for your reply and links, I've got to go to uc this morning without a end date on my fit note, so not sure what will happen, but I will show them the message you kindly sent me. X
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,443 Championing
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    How did it go this morning @cassie3?
  • Cassie3
    Cassie3 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Hi everyone thank you again for your help. I went this morning and I saw a different person and she was very helpful and took my fit notes without a word, I go back Monday afternoon, so she will tell me what happens next x♥️
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,926 Championing
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    You are welcome @Cassie3. It is the very least you deserve. It sounds like you have had a positive experience. How have things been since? We are here for you if you would like to talk to us about anything or need some support  :)