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DLA and terminal cancer

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mirry2 Mon 09-Jul-12 13:09:18

My sil is terminally ill wth very agressive colon cancer. She is having intravenious chemotherapy but is still working so is doing extremely well. Earlier this year her consultant told her she has a between 6 months to 18months to live. She wants to applied for fast track DLA but her GP is reluctant to sign the form because he says he believes she is going to live more than 6 months. Her macmillan nurse has also said that she will need to take various tests regarding how far she can walk and so on. I thought patients who had a terminal illness with a short time to live didn't have to go through all this?
Has anyone got any expereince of this? If she takes a turn for the worse in the next few months do we have any redress against her GP and Macmillan nurse.

whatinthewhatnow Wed 18-Jul-12 23:05:30

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Southwest Wed 18-Jul-12 23:19:25

Hi

You are right and they are being twonks (IMHO)

Can your friend just apply and give the consultants name as the Doc to contact?

I Think there is a space to say you don't want them to contact certain people as well

Ring and ask for a form they will backdate it to the day you rang if filled in by a certain time after

Southwest Wed 18-Jul-12 23:21:02

Form goes straight to DLA people (or it used to anyway)
Up to them to contact people on form if given permission you didn't used to have to get it signed first

ocuspocus Sun 22-Jul-12 07:30:30

Firstly sorry to hear about your SIL. It is very difficult to get under the fast track rule. It is only awarded if you are expected to die within six months. My mum has had terminal (incurable) cancer for ten years, but was awarded DLA without being fast tracked. Take her along to the CAB, they have specialist benefit workers who know the best way to fill the forms in and their success rate is very high. Hope this helps.

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