Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
It has been established that under the latest PIP descriptors, in order for an individual to attain 12 points and enhanced mobility rate, they have to be incapable of walking 20 metres,whether they need an appliance or not.
Furthermore,it must be done safely,to an acceptable standard and in a reasonable time limit.
1/ How will this distance be ascertained by the HCP?
2/ Will the distance be marked out on a flat surface, having no obstacles or traffic hazards?
3/ Under the descriptors used for ESA EXAMINATIONS, the HCPs took it upon themselves to guess/estimare how far a claimant could walk. This was done within the confines of an examining room which was often small.
How do you intend to carry out this excercise to deem it to be fair?
4/ You insist that the examination will not be a "snapshot", but will take into consideration a persons ability for up to a year. How will this be possible, if on the day, the injury is causing so much discomfort that the claimant is unable to walk at all?
I am asking this question as i am often laid up in bed in severe pain as a result of my injury. Please elucidate.
5/ Please specify the safety element,the standard acceptable and the length of time permitted to achieve it?
6/ How would a person who had taken strong prescription drugs, be assessed as being safe when undertaking to walk 20 Metres?
7/ To be seen to be fair, if the injured person became aware that their injury was causing so much pain that they could not attend the examination, could it be rescheduled to a later date without loss of benefit? It would not be possible to give lots of notice of an unpredictable event.
A disabled person can't predict when pain will strike!
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