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Carers UK Forum • ATOS Examination
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ATOS Examination

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:28 am
by caravanj
We applied for DLA for my wife way back in Jan this year but it was rejected so we appealed.

We had a home visit from an ATOS doctor who, I have to say, was very thorough & sympathetic.

When he was leaving the house & where my wife couldn't hear him, he said there were major problems with both her mobility & confusion.

That was a month ago yesterday & since then we've heard nothing from the DWP & when we rang them they said they'd got the ATOS report & it was with a 'decision maker'.

Well if his report tells the DWP what he verbally told me, then what's to decide?

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:45 am
by ellcee
Late last year, we were waiting for a decision-makers decision on DLA. After about 6 weeks, I rang up and was told that they were very busy and we just had to wait our turn and that, at that time, there was a minimum 11 week delay. We got the decision in about 12 weeks.

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:22 am
by caravanj
Late last year, we were waiting for a decision-makers decision on DLA. After about 6 weeks, I rang up and was told that they were very busy and we just had to wait our turn and that, at that time, there was a minimum 11 week delay. We got the decision in about 12 weeks.
Thanks for your reply.

Oh well, what's another few weeks on top of nearly 8 months.

We can understand a delay with the initial application but we would have thought that the ATOS report would have made the revised assessment virtually a 'rubber stamping' exercise.

Whilst the doctor's comment to me has made us think that possibly she'll get the higher rate payment, we've not been able to find out if the DWP has to accept the ATOS medical report so we may be living in the false hope that she'll even get it.

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:45 am
by ellcee
It's still worth chasing up at some point. The delay may be much shorter now.

I hope that they come to the right decision!

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:04 am
by caravanj
It's still worth chasing up at some point. The delay may be much shorter now.

I hope that they come to the right decision!
We'll give it another week & check again.

Our knowledge of DLA is limited to two people we know who applied & got it in 3 weeks with no checks being made. One was December 2012 & the other early 2013.

One gets high rate mobility & high rate care, the other gets high rate mobility & middle rate care but they're both far better than my wife.

In fact the second person walks a dog every day in the local woods, does all their own housework, drives, shops & to all intents & purposes is perfectly normal.

No one who knows them can understand how they got it, including a neighbour who runs a care business.

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:35 pm
by caravanj
I meant to ask if anyone knew whether or not the DWP were bound to accept the findings of the ATOS doctor.

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:15 pm
by Nilla
caravan we all know people like that! The Nesbit next door to me for one hes on full rate and walks 3 miles to town, as he leaves the house hes limping but soon as hes round the corner hes got a spring in his step and walks normally! Sometimes he uses a different leg to limp on Image

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:18 pm
by Eun
Nilla I am not disagreeing with you but in my own case on a good day I walk ok - on a bad day I use a walking stick and on a really bad day its my mobility scooter. Someone saw me on my scooter once and asked me if I had borrowed it from my son because I couldn't be bothered to walk today!!! So if someone saw me one day walking what seemed to be alright (although they don't see me lying down for three hours or so afterwards because of the effort it took to be "normal") they would think I was swinging the lead.

Eun

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:00 pm
by Nilla
this guy is deffo swinging the lead eun, he says he doesn't want to work ever again and hes only 38 he was working full time in a factory and cycling 15 miles to work, he was fine when on job seekers but soon as that finished the limp appeared and the first week he used a stick and almost dragged himself along with it then it disappeared, he still cycles and goe to the gym

Re: ATOS Examination

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:07 pm
by bowlingbun
The DWP always seem to take an age, however if/when the benefit is awarded it will be backdated to when you originally applied. If it is not awarded, then be sure to ask for a copy of the doctor's report and then appeal or ask for a reconsideration. Let us know how you get on.