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Repeat WCA medical tests to be stopped

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by MeSci, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    This looks like dynamite news about Work Capability Assessments from another forum.

    All repeat WCA medicals to be stopped

    Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 14:14

    In an urgent memo obtained by Benefits and Work, the DWP have told staff that due to a growing backlog at Atos all current employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants will be left on the benefit, without further medical checks, until another company can be found to do repeat work capability assessments (WCAs). The memo, dated 20 January, goes on to say that this will reduce the number of claimants moving off ESA, but that there are no plans to inform claimants or MPs about the change.

    Full story here.

    It looks increasingly unlikely that the latest targets will be met for the rollout of Universal Credit. That increases the chances of me reaching retirement age before they get to me to see whether they want to force me to abandon self-employment and look for employment instead or lose my Working Tax Credit. :D
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    Heck I missed out by a couple of days, drat :(
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  3. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    What - you've just had a repeat assessment? What was the outcome?
  4. Artstu

    Artstu Senior Member

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    No I got the form on the 17th January :mad: not heard anything yet.
  5. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Better cross your fingers...and everything else you can cross safely!
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    This is welcome news. I am due a reassessment shortly, after two years. I have no doubt I would get it again, I'm even sicker now than I was before, but I could do without all the form filling and hastle of them coming to my house to ask me stupid questions.
    The whole system is an immoral shambles.
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