Alright chaps, I’m in need for help desperately because I was made medically unfit for service and was wondering if I happened to appeal what’s the chances of me winning it and how long it’ll take. Cheers
I am no expert or qualified to say anything but I won my appeal. You will only win it if you can provide evidence of them misjudging it due to lack of information or proving that what is on your records isn't accurate (what I did). As far as I can tell, no point appealing if you are just trying to change the standards, won't get you anywhere from what I have been told. (Assuming you were made PMU not TMU?)
on another note, reading through the letter i saw that capita had made me PMU on the grounds of JSP 950 4-N-4, 1, and when reading it states "Hepatitis B. Evidence that they are hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) negative and Hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) positive." Which doesn't really make sense to me, because i described to the triage nurse that my parents had it and my medical record sent of clearly showed that i had a successful seroconversion for hepatitis b.
Hi mate, had a similar thing myself, where what the letter said and the standards listed didn't match the truth of my medical notes. Being honest, it can often come down to how it's been written in your medical notes.
If what you have said is true, it should be quite simple to get it overturned. Get a copy of your medical notes so you can see what it says exactly. I assume for what you've got you have or had a consultant who is an expert on the area. From here, contact him and make him/her aware of your situation. Send them a copy of the PMU letter and the appropriate sections of the JSP that you have been made PMU under.
Ask them if they will very kindly write a letter explaining the nature of your condition and current status, and how you do meet the medical standards outlined in the JSP. My doctor wrote a top notch letter which related the exact wording of the JSP to my medical history and showed I was medically fit.
Your consultant should be happy to do this, provided that you now meet the medical criteria. Get this evidence and write a cover letter explaining your appeal and why (keep it short and simple and leave the actual medical argument to your doctor!).
I went through the same process myself, and it feels really *text deleted* to go through, especially being told you can't do something that you've been focusing on. There's no way to appeal against the medical standards but if you can provide evidence you meet the medical standards then you'll be declared fit.
It takes as long as it takes, but reaching out and being proactive helps speed the process along. Mine took 6 weeks from sending off my appeal letter. I have to say receiving my letter telling me I was medically fit to proceed was one of the happiest days of my life!
Yes normally they'll get you to go and see a specialist, although if you already see a specialist for the condition they will accept their opinion as evidence. Is yours a condition you still have or one you had in the past and still have follow up for?
I was TMU’d for 2 years and then PMU’d just September last year (4th September 2017 to be precise- felt like *text deleted* when I got that letter through the door). It cost me going private rather then on the NHS to get the relevant information and proof needed to over turn it because 1/ the NHS, although brilliant, took way too long and 2/ as far as the NHS was concerned nothing was wrong with me so it was a waste of their resources to try and identify basically nothing.
I now have my POC in a month tomorrow.
My point is don’t give up, if you believe you can over turn it do whatever it takes.
Every case is different, so beware assuming something outwardly similar will turn out the same.
About 70% of medical reviews, in the case where the diagnosis or recorded facts are incorrect, are upheld in favour of the applicant but the standards, as stated above are non-negotiable.
Leave the technical argument to the qualified medical experts, your covering letter need only cover the bare essentials including who you are and what you wish to appeal.
Finally, the NHS, bless their Name, are there to provide primary healthcare first and foremost. They are not there to provide Occupational Health medical information or opinion to help you get a job, so be prepared to be patient as you are not an emergency and be aware also, you may have to pay for the professional medical evidence you require. Not always, but sometimes.
I'm a specialist nurse in this area and I can assure you that those results tell you that you have a natural immunity to Hep B and you are not infectious to anyone.
This should not hinder you in any way when applying for jobs ..
Health professionals , police etc are expected to get vaccinated for Hep B this is an acquired immunity , yours is a natural which is the best way ..