List of Dr Only conditions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I note in the recent case MM & DM vs Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2013] UKUT 0260 the Tribunal referred to the 2010 version of the ESA Filework Guidelines, however on this site you have circulated the 2012 version.

In that 2012 version, at section 2.52 a list of the "Dr only" conditions is referred to at appendix G however this must be a typo as appendix G is the glossary.

I write to request a copy of that list of Dr Only conditions.

Yours faithfully,

Dan Manville

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Dear Mr Manville

Please see your FOI response attached

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Appendix G - IB Descriptors and Exemption
Categories
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTORS
Activity Descriptors Points
a Cannot walk at all 15
b Cannot walk more than a few steps without stopping or
severe discomfort
15
c Cannot walk more than 50 metres without stopping or severe
discomfort
15
d Cannot walk more than 200 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort
7
e Cannot walk more than 400 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort
3
f Cannot walk more than 800 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort
0
WALKING ON
LEVEL GROUND
WITH A WALKING
STICK OR OTHER
AID IF NORMALLY
USED*
g No walking problem 0
a Cannot walk up and down one stair 15
b Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs 15
c Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs without holding
or taking a rest
7
d Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs without holding
on
3
e Can only walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs if goes
sideways or one step at a time
3
WALKING UP AND
DOWN STAIRS*
f No problem in walking up and down stairs 0
a Cannot sit comfortably 15
b Cannot sit comfortably for more than 10 minutes without
having to move from the chair
15
c Cannot sit comfortably for more than 30 minutes without
having to move from the chair
7
d Cannot sit comfortably for more than one hour without having
to move from the chair
3
e Cannot sit comfortably for more than two hours without
having to move from the chair
0
SITTING IN AN
UPRIGHT CHAIR
WITH A BACK BUT
NO ARMS
f No problem with sitting 0
a Cannot stand unassisted 15
b Cannot stand for more than a minute before needing to sit
down
15
c Cannot stand for more than 10 minutes before needing to sit
down
15
d Cannot stand for more than 30 minutes before needing to sit
down
7
e Cannot stand for more than 10 minutes before needing to
move around
7
f Cannot stand for more than 30 minutes before needing to
move around
3
STANDING
WITHOUT THE
SUPPORT OF
ANOTHER
PERSON; MAY
USE A WALKING
STICK
g No problem standing 0
Medical Services
ESA Filework Guidelines 9 Final
MED-ESAFWG~001 Page 92
Activity Descriptors Points
a Cannot rise from sitting to standing 15
b Cannot rise from sitting to standing without holding on to
something
7
c Sometimes cannot rise from sitting to standing without
holding on to something
3
RISING FROM
SITTING FROM AN
UPRIGHT CHAIR
d No problem with rising from sitting to standing 0
a Cannot bend to touch knees and straighten up again 15
b Cannot bend or kneel as if to pick up a piece of paper from
the floor and straighten up again
15
c Sometimes cannot bend or kneel as if to pick up a piece of
paper from the floor and straighten up again
3
BENDING AND
KNEELING
d No problem with bending and kneeling 0
a Cannot turn the pages of a book with either hand 15
b Cannot turn a tap or control knobs on a cooker with either
hand
15
c Cannot pick up a coin which is 2.5 centimetres or less in
diameter with either hand
15
d Cannot use a pen or pencil 15
e Cannot tie a bow in laces or string 10
f Cannot turn a tap or control knobs on a cooker with one hand 6
g Cannot pick up a coin which is 2.5 centimetres or less in
diameter with one hand
6
MANUAL
DEXTERITY
h No problem with manual dexterity 0
a Cannot pick up a paperback book, with either hand 15
b Cannot pick up and carry a 0.5 litre carton of milk with either
hand
15
c Cannot pick up and pour from a full saucepan or kettle of 1.7
litre capacity with either hand
15
d Cannot pick up and carry a 2.5 kilogramme bag of potatoes
with either hand
8
e Cannot pick up and carry a 0.5 litre carton of milk with one
hand
6
f Cannot pick up and carry a 2.5 kilogramme bag of potatoes
with one hand
0
LIFTING AND
CARRYING
g No problem with lifting and carrying 0
a Cannot raise either arm to put something in the top pocket of
a coat or jacket
15
b Cannot raise either arm to his/her head to put on a hat 15
c Cannot put either arm behind his/her back to put on a coat or
jacket
15
d Cannot raise either arm above his/her head to reach for
something
15
e Cannot raise one arm to his/her head to put on a hat 6
f Cannot raise one arm above his/her head to reach for
something
0
REACHING
g No problem with reaching 0
Medical Services
ESA Filework Guidelines 9 Final
MED-ESAFWG~001 Page 93
Activity Descriptors Points
a Cannot speak 15
b Speech cannot be understood by family or friends 15
c Speech cannot be understood by strangers 15
d Strangers have great difficulty understanding speech 10
e Strangers have some difficulty understanding speech 8
SPEECH
f No problem with speech 0
a Cannot hear sounds at all 15
b Cannot hear well enough to follow a television programme
with the volume turned up
15
c Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking in a
loud voice in a quiet room
15
d Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking in a
normal voice in a quiet room
10
e Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking in a
normal voice in a busy street
8
HEARING WITH A
HEARING AID IF
USED
f No problem with hearing 0
a Cannot tell light from dark 15
b Cannot see the shape of furniture in the room 15
c Cannot see well enough to read 16 point print at a distance
greater than 20 centimetres
15
d Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend across the
room
12
e Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend across the road 8
VISION IN
NORMAL
DAYLIGHT WITH
GLASSES
f No problem with vision 0
a No voluntary control over bowels 15
b No voluntary control over bladder 15
c Loses control of bowels at least once a week 15
d Loses control of bowels at least once a month 15
e Loses control of bowels occasionally 9
f Loses control of bladder at least once a month 3
g Loses control of bladder occasionally 0
CONTINENCE
h No problem with continence 0
a Has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness
at least once a day
15
b Has (above) at least once a week 15
c Has (above) at least once a month 15
d Has had (above) at least twice, in the six months before the
test is applied
12
e Has had (above) once in the six months before the test is
applied
8
f Has had (above) once in the three years before the test is
applied
0
REMAINING
CONSCIOUS
OTHER THAN FOR
NORMAL PERIODS
OF SLEEP
g No problems with consciousness 0
* Only take the highest descriptor from walking or stairs, not both
Medical Services
ESA Filework Guidelines 9 Final
MED-ESAFWG~001 Page 94
MENTAL HEALTH DESCRIPTORS
Activity Descriptors Points
a Cannot answer the telephone and reliably take a message 2
b Often sits for hours doing nothing 2
c Cannot concentrate to read a magazine article or follow a radio
programme
1
d Cannot use a telephone book or other directory to find a
number
1
e Mental conditions prevents them from undertaking leisure
activities previously enjoyed
1
F Overlooks or forgets the risk posed by domestic appliances or
common hazards due to poor concentration
1
COMPLETION OF
TASKS
g Agitation, confusion or forgetfulness has resulted is mishaps or
accidents in the 3 months before the test is applied
1
h Concentration can only be sustained by prompting 1
a Needs encouragement to get up and dress 2
b Needs alcohol before midday 2
c Is frequently distresses at some time of the day due to
fluctuation of mood
1
d Does not care about his appearance and living conditions 1
DAILY LIVING
e Sleep problems interfere with his daytime activities 1
a Mental stress was a factor in making him stop work 2
b Frequently feels scared or panicky for no obvious reason 2
c Avoids carrying out routine activities because he is convinced
they will prove too tiring or stressful
1
d Is unable to cope with changes in daily routine 1
e Frequently finds there are too many things to do that he gives
up because of fatigue, apathy or disinterest
1
COPING WITH
PRESSURE
F Is scared or anxious that work would bring back or worsen his
illness
1
a Cannot look after himself without the help of others 2
b Gets upset by ordinary events and it results in disruptive
behaviour problems
2
c Mental problems impair ability to communicate with other
people
2
d Gets irritated by things that would not have bothered him
before he became ill
1
e Prefers to be left alone for six hours or more each day 1
INTERACTION
WITH OTHER
PEOPLE
F Is too frightened to go out alone 1
Medical Services
ESA Filework Guidelines 9 Final
MED-ESAFWG~001 Page 95
PCA EXEMPTION CATEGORIES
These were defined as follows:
 Severe learning disabilities, defined in legislation as a condition which
results from arrested or incomplete development of the brain, or severe
damage to the brain which involves severe impairment of intelligence
and social functioning.
 Severe and progressive neurological or muscle wasting disease.
 Progressive impairment of cardiorespiratory function which severely and
persistently limits effort tolerance.
 An active and progressive form of inflammatory polyarthritis.
 Dense paralysis of the upper limb, trunk and lower limb on one side of
the body.
 Multiple effects of impairment of function of the brain and/or nervous
system causing motor, sensory, and intellectual deficits.
 Severe mental illness, defined in legislation as the presence of mental
disease which severely and adversely restricts his social functioning,
or his awareness of his immediate environment.
 Severe and progressive immune deficiency states characterised by the
occurrence of severe constitutional disease or opportunistic infections

This does not include a list of the Dr Only conditions; I submit that my request has not been met.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'List of Dr Only conditions'.

The information I requested was not included; so i can see, and certainly not where the document said it was.

Please forward, exclusively, the current list of Dr only conditions; it does not seem to be included in the document so far provided.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully,

Dan Manville

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Dear Mr Manville

Please see your FOI response attached

Kind regards
Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)/Department for Work and Pensions/2nd Floor/Peel Park/ Brunel Way/Blackpool/FY4 5ESS

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