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Found fit to work

George6418George6418 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi I'm a newbie on here, I have worked and been self employed much of my life, never claimed a thing from the state, I have had a progressive back complaint for about seven years, with severe degeneration of two lumber disks, I live on pain killers and sleeping tablets and have been forced to cease work for the last two years, I never claimed as I had private insurance that covered me for 24 months, this has now expired, I have seen specialists for my back and am on the list for surgery next year as there is a outside chance of paralysis, it's also caused an uncontrollable bowel disorder, so life is dismal for now, I am due to retire when i'm 65 next April, I had two assessments for ESA, one for each disorder, both by junior doctors, because I never went in there screaming and holding a walking stick I have been found fit for work, I have applied for PIP instead, and was seen by a nurse, I have no faith in this system, how can these unqualified individuals over-ride the evidence of a Neurologist and Gastroenterologist


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi George and welcome

    Did you challenge the ESA decisions at MR and tribunal ?

    Following any assessment you should ask for a copy of the assessment report both for ESA and PIP. This will show you how the assessor scored you and in what

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @George6418

    Good Mourning & Welcome to our “Community”

    I’m very sorry to hear about your current situation.

    Can you please us know a bit more where you are with both (ESA &PIP)

    They are both different types of “Benefits”

    I have also got big problems with my “Blader & Bowles” due to “nerve damage”

    Please please let me know if I can help/support you in anyway???

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