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UK: New Work Capability Assessment Questionnaire: ESA50: Neurological conditions

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Firestormm, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Firestormm

    Firestormm Guest

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    I mentioned on this thread a recent amendment to the WCA that would appear to want to separate 'physical' from 'mental' and that the latter would presumably apply to neurological conditions, or conditions that cause cognitive problems for example i.e. it would be bad for us.

    It would appear that the new ESA50 does refer to neurological under Part 2 (see below) the section that deals with cognitive issues and would therefore seem at odds with this proposed amendment. I've asked Dr Shepherd for some clarification (assuming he is able to clarify).

    Also worth noting - and I've only had a cursory glance - that the words "reliably, safely" are used in at least the physical assessment and in relation to the neurological/mental assessment I see they now use "you must be able to do the activity safely, to an acceptable standard, as often as you need to and in a reasonable length of time" which seems bloody fair to me.

    Does this represent real progress? Maybe too early to tell. I'd need to properly read through the form. I think that the Fluctuating Conditions Group recommendations have yet to take effect. In as much as I can remember these proposals are still to be tested by the DWP.

    Of course it will make buggar all difference if as a patient I am not considered to suffer with a disability that affects my cognitive function. But I have to say that my assessments have been quite relevant in the past - if erroneously concluded and in need of successful appeal.

    We shall see...

     
  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    This is absolutely key. If this had been on the form all along, a whole lot more PWME would have filled it in in a way that would have made it much more likely that they'd have got their entitlements.
     
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    What I like about this form is that with the words clearly said, it means that more people who are cognitively challenged might stand a better chance of understanding the bloody thing.

    They don't send the Guide to Completion with the damn form so how the hell are people supposed to know elsewise? And even that Guide didn't spell it out.

    I mean a blind person gets Braille. So why the heck has it taken this long to get plain english?! :)
     
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