ATOS nightmare

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ATOS nightmare

Postby ChaosEris » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Hello everyone, my name is laura, and my mum has fibromyalgia.

She was diagnosed 4 years ago, aged 52, after suffering from chronic, unexplained pain in her knees, elbows, and other parts of the body by a rheumatology specialist.

She was forced to give up her work due to the persistant and crippling pain which has since spread to her legs, toes, hands, and back as well as incapacitating her with IBS, Fibrofog, numb hands, and depression.

Last month, after recieving Incapacity benefit for some time she was called in to an ATOS assessment.

The 'assessment' took 45 minutes in which the nurse assessed my mother based on her daily tasks, her average day, and a brief physical exam which did not test for the fibro 'points' on her body.

My mother was suffering quite badly that day and could not sit still for the interview and had to continually adjust her seating and occasionally stood to alleviate the pain.

Upon recieving the results of the assessment she discovered she had not recieved any points and that the assessor had fabricated some answers and had completely falsified others stating my mother had sat perfectly still for an hour.

My mother is distraught and stressed and as a result is in agony with her fibromyalgia, sciatica and additional neuralgia.

Please, is there anything we can do besides appeal?

How successful are these appeals?

And how can we appeal more effectively?


Thank you so much for your help and time.

x
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Re: ATOS nightmare

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:46 pm

:xmaswave1: :xmaswave1: Laura and :welcome:

Your mum needs to let DWP know that she is appealing their decision, she also needs to tell them she wants copies of everything relating to her claim. If you check in your area, hopefully you will have a Citizens Advice Bureau, Welfare Rights or other similar organisation. Contact them as they can help with the appeal and may even be able to represent your mum if it has to go to the tribunal.

Sadly, what your mum has found out about the fantasies they claim to be an assessment report is happening to more and more people. When I had mine, I was taken in by the nurse I saw as she sounded so caring and sympathetic, yet she wrote down things that sounded like she was seeing a completely different person to me :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

It will take a bit of time, but hopefully they will realise that they've made the wrong decision and put it right for her :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:

Anything either of you want to know, just ask and we'll see how we can help you with it :grouphug: :grouphug:
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Re: ATOS nightmare

Postby loubie » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:56 pm

hi Laura :xmaswave1:
welcome to the forum
everyone is having a hard time with ATOS at the minuet
but fight for it, don't let them win :evil: :evil:

hope your mum is feeling a little better soon
she is lucky she has a lovely daughter to help her through
:fingerscrossed: for your appeal
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Re: ATOS nightmare

Postby ChaosEris » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:42 pm

Thank you all so much for your help and support, its nice to know we're not alone, but also sad to think that so many people are suffering due to the lack of care from so called health care professionals.

My mother has written back to them and i am in the process of compiling a list of known controversies based on ATOS' procedures which have included some pretty damning stuff (including suicidal people told to pull themselves together, and people with heart conditions being told they are fine, only to die shortly after).

I have a copy of their fibromyalgia module that is given to the assessors (from 2009), and plan to poke some pretty big holes in it as soon as i get it printed off.

I too have been on the sticky end of the atos cane with depression in which they classed me as perfectly healthy despite being suicidal at the time (thankfully, i am now much better and no longer at the mercy of these tyrants).
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Re: ATOS nightmare

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:48 am

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/ ... orking.htm

Check out the PDF on there, it's a little out of date (there have been some reviews of the WCA since then, however we all know things haven't improved much at all).

Unfortunately all we can do is appeal, and raise awareness amongst people not affected by ill health or disability as to what ATOS and the DWP are doing. There's loads of stories on here about shocking treatment at these 'medicals' and so many people get reports back in which the patient sounds nothing like them. Madness.

Keep copies of everything you send and get CAB, DIAL or Welfare Rights involved so you can get professional help with your appeal.

If you're not already claiming/applying for DLA it may be worth investiagting putting in a claim for that, make sure you see CAB et al and get help with completing the forms if you do decide to apply.

:fingerscrossed: your Mum will win her appeal. Good luck.
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