Appealing a failed medical

SebastianStreet

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Can any please tell me the process (if there is one) for appealing a failed medical?

Bit of back ground, I was asked about a depressive episode from when I was younger in the medical and how long it lasted. At the time I didn't have the clinical data so erred on the side of caution with my answer. I was subsequently told that this longer than the permitted time for new applicants.

On closer inspection and consultation with my doc it turns out that the episode was significantly shorter than I stated and this would put within the acceptable limits.

I don't want to waste anyone's time and have given careful consideration about what I should do, but I am determined to put this right, as I feel that I would be a valuable asset to the service.

If anyone can give me the official line that would be great, and thanks for your time.

Many thanks

Sebastian
 

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Probably going to have to wait for Ninja, or at least ring your afco and mention, and ask to be re-med'd?

Best of luck any way.
 

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Sorry to hear about your circumstances

Generally you will be sent a letter by your AFCO. The appeals procedure is fairly straightforward and outlined within the letter as follows:

Medical advisory letter said:
There is no automatic right of appeal against this decision, however, if you believe that the diagnosis made or the information provided is inaccurate then your case can only be reviewed if you provide further evidence to support your claim. Such evidence must be provided by an appropriate person e.g. your GP or a Consultant. Any appeal must be made in writing by the individual concerned and addressed to this office.
Be aware that medical appeals can take a considerable period of time to process so the sooner you obtain the evidence & send it together with the letter of appeal, the quicker the outcome. Generally it's worth giving your AFCO a ring upon receipt of the letter to discuss the way ahead if you are unsure what it means.
 

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Thank you very much much for your informative and prompt response.
Would the appeal letter be sent to the AFCO or is there another address?

Thanks again

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All appeals must be addressed to your AFCO who will then forward the evidence and letter of appeal to the relevant specialist.

The appeal letter should be polite, short & to the point, something along the lines of:



Dear Doctor..........

Reference: Medical Appeal SebastionStreet Dob 12/10/1996

Further to my Royal Marines Medical Examination at 10:30 on 21 March 2012 in London/wherever, I write to appeal against the decision regarding medical suitability for service.

I am advised the reason for permanent medical unsuitability was based on the duration of a medical condition and enclose medical evidence from my GP in support of my appeal with clarification of the specific dates and full historic detail and diagnosis of the condition including any relevant treatment or recurrence.

Yours Sincerely


SebastionStreet
 

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Sorry to thread hi-jack, thought it better to ask in here than start a new thread.

Ninja, how long should I wait before 'chasing' my appeal? I submitted all the appeal documents to my CA in the middle of January and haven't heard anything since. Currently in two minds about ringing as I don't want to appear impatient or to hassle my CA but I don't want him to think I'm not bothered by it. It's also a case of not wanting to ring incase it's the dreaded (but expected) bad news.
 

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Generally, appeals are sent to Portsmouth and investigated by the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries). It varies, but the turn-around time is usually about 4-6 weeks.

If it takes longer than that it maybe because an appointment is being made to see a service consultant for further investigation.

It'll do no harm to ring your AFCO after a month just to see where it's at, but in most cases if they have any news they will contact you.
 

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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but with regards to depression and other conditions of this type, are there mitigating circumstances if the applicant was a minor at the time?
 

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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but with regards to depression and other conditions of this type, are there mitigating circumstances if the applicant was a minor at the time?
Doubtful. I was a minor and I got TMU'd.
 

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Ah, not looking good then. Thanks for the reply though, and good luck with present/future apps.
Thank you. I see you're going to be a YO candidate once you've served your TMU.

Best of luck.
 
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