So about the ESA medical. What a joke! I understand why they want to do this, to weed out the scroungers (although why anyone would want to survive on benefits is beyond me!), but it makes it really hard on those really unwell people. At least I'm not too bad but even for me it was exhausting: Took us an hour to get there, then there was an hour's wait, then the nurse who was going to see me picked up my folder, took one look at it and said she couldn't see me because I'd had a stroke and I had to see the Dr. Guess what? There was only one dr and he had someone else ahead of me. I started crying and had to sit down; my partner said "look at her - this is what we are dealing with, it's too hard for her" etc. Anyway, we had to wait because no way was I going home only to come back another day.
Saw the dr for about 10 minutes after that two hour wait. He took a few notes, asked me if I could stand and hold my arms out, arms behind my head, bend down or crouch down (of course I couldn't do the bending/crouching bit). I think he said it was a long healing process, but I didn't take in half of what he said. My partner says he said something about politics and trying to find me something else if I can't be a medical secretary any more. I didn't say, but I think I should have, that I have a job waiting for me at the hospital. If I could work I would, but I can't.
Anyway, who knows what the answer will be. I did find this link to the points system for the medical, which is interesting and on reading it, it looks like I should get sufficient points.
I also saw my GP just now, and he has signed me off for a further 2 months. He said there is no way they can find me capable of working. Only time will tell eh?!
Oh and in my research I also found some information about appealing if you are turned down. Because your ESA stops if you are found capable of working, you put in an appeal and the money starts up again on the basic rate while you are waiting. Hopefully none of us will need to appeal, but who knows.... Download form gl24 here.