Thursday 6th July 2017 – I Continually Have To Explain My Health Issues To Prospective Employers, Due To Lack Of Help To Access Health Investigations/Treatments From DWP & Others (JSA 3rd claim)

I continue to actively jobseek. I do actually want to work. I actually want a career, and to better myself.

But how many employers would be minded to employ me, when for the last month (it’s only just stopped, apart from a dot) I lost huge quantities of blood/clots, and when my sanitary towel can flood in less than a minute. This means I wouldn’t be able to attend a job interview when my blood loss is at its heaviest.

For some of the jobs I apply for, I am asked to list any reasonable adjustment, and why I may need the employer to make any reasonable adjustment, to enable me to attend interview.

Can you imagine how I feel having to list this?

I have been asking the DWP and others for help for years to help me attend medical appointments I’m most stressed about. But I get zero help. So my health issues worsen, as they’re not investigated, or treated. It worries me sick.

If I had the help I’d been asking for, for years, I’d be much more employable. “Access To Work” won’t help me. When I get the time, I’ll dig out my notes from my 1st PIP Tribunal in 2015, where the female Judge looked away as though with sniffy disdain/disgust/incredulity as I gave some of my answers, and where I was mortified to be there, trying to explain my health issues, in front of 2 men (as well as 2 women). The male panel member also looked equally unsympathetic/incredulous. I’d had no legal help, and no-one to take with me.

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Thursday 6th July 2017 – I Receive Response From “Access To Work” (re: JSA 3rd Claim)

This morning, I received a response from the DWP:

Quote:  [Good morning,

Thank you for your email.

Although I believe that you have been mislead about what Access To Work do.

We help employed or self employed people with disabilities and or long term conditions remain in the work place by providing a grant after completing a detailed application and having this looked into by an adviser who makes the final decision.

Unfortunately if it is not to do with helping you in the work place then we are unable to help.

My apologies.

Kind regards

RW|Access to Work|Department for Works and Pension|Harrow Jobcentre Mail Handling Site A|Wolverhampton|WV98 1JE|0345 2688 489|Textphone 0345 608 8753|www.gov.uk/access-to-work|Please consider the environment before printing “] end quote.

Why is it called “Access To Work”, when they don’t help people to get help to get into work? 

They might only help people if they already have a job or are already self-employed!

I then forwarded this response to “AH” at Erdington Jobcentre.

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Wednesday 5th July 2017 – I Email atwosu.london@dwp.gsi.gov.uk About “Access To Work” (JSA 3rd Claim)

This afternoon, “AH” at Erdington Jobcentre rang me (I usually Sign On with “AH” for my JSA (3rd claim)), she gave me an email address and a phone number to phone, to query whether I can benefit from “Access To Work”:

  • atwosu.london@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • 0345 268 8489

So, this evening I sent an email to:   atwosu.london@dwp.gsi.gov.uk, I explained that I need help to tackle my health issues, which I’ve needed help with for a long time, but I get zero help from my GP, the DWP, and other organisations. I asked them to phone me to discuss how they can help me attend medical appointments, and hopefully be treated by excellent quality healthcare.

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Tuesday 4th July 2017 – Woke Up With Migraine, Attended Erdington Customer Service Centre, & Erdington Jobcentre

I woke up with a migraine today (I’ve had worse, though). Got ready, then set off for Erdington. I first went to Erdington Customer Service Centre (aka Erdington Advice Centre), so that a lengthy form I’d completed could be scanned & sent off with other important documentation. I’d pre-booked an appointment, was seen on time, and was dealt with courteously & efficiently.

I then walked straight to Erdington Jobcentre. I was more than 2 hours early for my “Signing On ” appointment. As I still had migraine, (and am still menstruating/bleeding (have been solidly for 4 weeks now)), I didn’t feel like going around the shops, or using the computer in the Jobcentre today.  I asked “J” if “AH” could see me early today, she sent me upstairs to talk to “AH”. I quickly spoke to “AH”, then I sat to wait, as her next claimant/appt had already turned up. Luckily, “AH” was able to then see me. I explained my latest Jobseeking endeavours, and the jobs I’ve applied for. I “signed” electronically.

It was “AH” a couple of months ago who suggested “Access To Work”, but then when I’d navigated the lengthy on-line application process at home, where, towards the end, it asked me if I already had a job, & I’d selected “no”, the application terminated.

But today, “AH” said she’d spoken to colleagues “N” & “S”, who’d assured her that I didn’t have to currently have a job, to avail of its service. I’ve got several health issues/symptoms, that I’ve been asking for help with for years, but I get zero help to investigate/treat issues. I then went downstairs, and asked “J” if I could speak to “N” about “Access To Work”, but “J” said he may have just gone to lunch. “J” noted my contact details, and said she’d ask “N” to phone me. Then I went back home.

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Sunday 2nd July 2017 – I’m Still Losing Lots Of Blood

Continuing from Saturday night…..

By 12:45am, I’d been waiting for an ambulance for almost three and a half hours, from when I first dialled 999 at about 9:15pm last night. I was so tired. After phoning my neighbour next door, I then rang 999, and I cancelled the request for an ambulance, as I’m tired, & it’s not fair on my neighbour either, as I didn’t know how much longer we’d have to wait, indeed, whether an ambulance was going to actually turn up at all, as one hadn’t materialised yet.  I then went to bed. This was the first time, in my entire life, that I’ve ever dialled 999 to request an ambulance for myself. I am so disappointed at the indifferent attitudes I’ve encountered.

Got up out of bed at around 7:45am. I’m still losing lots of blood.

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Saturday 1st July 2017 – I’m Losing So Much Blood, I Call 999

I’ve always had heavy periods. But these last few weeks have been the worst ever.

  • 8th – 13th June 2017, slight/very light, gradually increasing.
  • 14th June 2017 – 24th June 2017, extremely heavy blood loss, and passing frequent, massive clots of blood too. I felt light-headed at times too.
  • 25th – 28th June 2017, I passed less blood/clots than last 11 days, this is now more of a “normal period”.
  • 29th June – 1st July 2017, I’ve been losing lots of blood again, and passing huge clots.

Tonight, I sat on the loo, and the blood just poured out of me. I could feel blood clots dropping out of me too. This was the worst ever. I spoke to my neighbour, and then I called 999 to request an ambulance, at around 9:15pm. “J” asked me loads of questions, I described my blood loss over the last 3 weeks, as I’ve listed above. “J” asked me if I’ve just passed enough blood to fill a coffee cup/mug. I said I didn’t know, it was down the loo, I didn’t measure it, but I’d guess not quite enough to fill a coffee cup. I wasn’t feeling faint or clammy. “J” spoke to a paramedic, then “J” said the paramedic advised that I don’t need an ambulance.  “J” advised me to ring 111 instead.

So at about 9:25pm, I rang 111, and spoke to a different “J”. Clearly, both “J”s read from the same script, and I was asked much the same questions, all over again. The most important question, it seems, is did I just pass enough blood to fill a coffee cup/mug? He didn’t specify whether he was referring to an espresso cup (small), or something larger (cappuccino, perhaps), So I assumed a regular mug size. Yet again, I said I didn’t know, it was down the loo, I didn’t measure it, but I’d guess not quite enough to fill a coffee cup. I wasn’t feeling faint or clammy.  “J” said he’d speak with a Doctor, then I’d be called back.

At 9:42pm, Dr “A” rang me, he said as I don’t feel faint or clammy, he can do a letter for my GP, so my GP can arrange tests. I said: “So I have to keep pouring blood until I feel ill?”  Dr “A” said my neighbour (who has offered to accompany me to hospital) can drive me to A & E if I’m concerned. I said my neighbour hasn’t got a car, nor have I.  I asked Dr “A” to arrange transport. He’ll ring me back.

At 9:59pm, Dr “A” rang me back, he said he’ll arrange transport for me, for within 2 hours, to Good Hope Hospital.

At 11:51pm, a woman from the Ambulance Service rang me, she said they’re running a bit late, she asked if I was still the same, I replied it’s not currently pouring out of me the way it was when I rang earlier. She said they’ll try to get to me as soon as they can, if it worsens, call 999.  I then went to loo, passed more blood/clots, while I waited…….

 

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Friday 23rd June 2017 – HMCTS Inform Me My PIP (2nd claim) Appeal Is Postponed, Due To Panel Member Hearing Previous Appeal

I received a letter today, (dated 22/06/2017) from HMCTS. My PIP (2nd claim) Appeal, which was due to be heard soon, has had to be postponed, as a Tribunal Panel member has heard a previous Appeal of mine, and therefore is excluded from hearing any further Appeals of mine.

I first applied for PIP (1st claim) in 2013. Tribunal rejected my claim in 2015.  The Health Professional’s Report was a poorly-written piece of tat, started by the woman that assessed me, and finished 5 months later by a different HP.

I made a 2nd claim for PIP. I’ve been unable to get legal assistance.

I’ve got several, worrying, health problems/symptoms. I’ve been asking for help from my GP, the DWP, and several other organisations for years. Apart from hospital transport to one specific hospital, I get zero help. So I’ve been unable to have any health investigations/treatment for all of my most alarming health symptoms.

My GP Surgery has a rigid policy of refusing to provide “Letters of support” in relation to benefit claims. I’ve lost so much blood over the last couple of weeks. I usually have heavy periods, and irregular bleeding. I started bleeding again on 8th June, fairly light until 13th June, but since 14th June I’ve been losing lots of blood, and passing huge, frequent, blood clots. When I attended Erdington Jobcentre, for my Signing appt on 20th June, I stained a chair at Erdington Jobcentre, and “L” (I don’t know whether there’s more than one “L” there, or not), who was on the ground floor, was very thoughtful and helpful, and arranged for me to have my signing appt in a private room, and to sit somewhere more discreet afterwards, as my clothing was also stained, as I waited for my lift back home.

“L” even gave me a pack of wipes, and a carrier bag to sit on for the journey back home.
I have since asked the DWP (via Central England Complaints Resolution Team) to clarify what they expect me to do, and the time that I must be expected to travel to appts/work/job interviews, when my sanitary towel can flood in less than a minute, and stain my clothes, and whatever I’m sitting on. I’ve always suffered from heavy periods, but it’s become even worse lately, I pass massive clots, and am losing lots of blood, over a long period, in addition to other problems.
I await their response.
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