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Yes, in short. I have, indeed, been refused ESA from IB ( effective from 13/ 01/ 2013) following their idea of a medical examination and assessment. I understood from all the media reports following the reforms by IDS's Dept. that 'goal post would be moved' and new / existing claims for either benefits would be much more difficult to qualify for. The reforms of 2010-2014, of course, would render IB a defunct or discontinued benefit; to be replaced by ESA.
I was, however, unprepared for the slick and unscrupulous speed at which they would endeavour to (effectively) dis-entitle me.They didn't take any notice or noticeably record any of my dialogue at the so-called medical. I wasn't even examined or allowed to remove my coat. The whole charade was an utter sham and sick joke. The 'examining officer' was a male 'nurse', apparently. He spent most of the time busily tapping His keyboards and possibly-at best- paying 'lip service' to my entreaties... There didn't appear to be any goal posts, at all. I have been to bona fide medicals in the past- this bore no resemblance whatever to any that I have attended in the past twenty eight years !...Outrageous and really quite unbelievable. It is patently obvious that my attendnce there- that day- was academic and meaningless. The resultant outcome and decision was 'scripted' in advance- a fait accompli.
What advice might you be able to offer me ?...Hire the services of a lawyer, like Michael Mansfield or Fiona Shaw ?!...