My GP phoned me this afternoon, as receptionist had booked double telephone appointment for today. My GP said she hadn’t needed to speak to the DWP for guidance about the issuance of Med Certs, but because she wanted to know the details of why I lost my ESA (5th claim) Tribunal of 6th Sept 2016. Apparently, GPs usually get feedback about this, but my GP hasn’t received this yet. My GP spoke to DWP today, but DWP refused to discuss my claim with her due to confidentiality.
My GP said it must be very difficult living with so much stress, and suggested I go down the “Healthy Minds” route, and mentioned Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I politely declined her offer, I said that talking to somebody with a sympathetic voice, dripping with sympathy, won’t lessen the amount of paperwork/Tribunals/Appeals etc that I have to deal with. I said it’s the causes of my stress that need to be dealt with, not talking to somebody about it. (Benefit issues are a major cause of my stress, but there are other factors too, especially health issues that I have no support to access.)
GP asked how she could help me today, I asked for new Med Cert (which I’d first asked for on 15/9/16), to be backdated to 12th Sept. GP will issue me a 4 week backdated Med Cert, & said we need to think what can be done to get me fit for work! I asked for it to be posted to me. There wasn’t time to discuss other issues, it always feels rushed…….
For years, I have asked the DWP and my GP for help. PIP would help enormously. But the DWP keep refusing to help me, and my GP said there’s no NHS help available for my specific needs. [Call duration 11 minutes]