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Medical Certificates

Hi everyone,  i have been on esa for around 8 years having won a tribunal and being placed in support group.  I have had a ftf reassessment  every 12 months since.  This year my reassessment was 3 weeks earlier than my 12 month award but didnt mind going to ftf.  I have today 9th recieved a letter asking for a new medical certificate to be sent in by the 12th march as mine runs out on the 11th march or i will have payments stopped.  I had my ftf on 26th feb and have not recieved decision yet. I am in full uc area. I have never been asked for axmedical certificate before. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,836 Disability Gamechanger

    When you're in one of the groups you don't send sick notes so i'm not sure why you've been sent this letter. I realise you've recently had a face to face assessment and if you had been found fit for work your money will have stopped and you won't be asked for a sick note.

    I'd advise you to ring DWP Monday morning when they open and ask why you've been sent this letter. They'll be able to tell you what's going on. Good luck.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • welshy123welshy123 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you for your support .   Ive been stressed all day. Will call first thing monday and update .
  • welshy123welshy123 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Just to update. I called dwp Monday. After an hour wait getting through i was told i could ignore the letter as im in the support group and didnt need to give medical certificates.  He did have to check with his supervisor.  I have asked if my payments will continue and they said it shouldnt be a problem and they suspect a blip in the system.  Will wait and see. Again many thanks for replies.
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