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Can DLA reduce a disabled person's DLA if they refuse to take certain medication?

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spongebobandpatrick Sat 27-Apr-13 21:03:02

A woman from 'Families in focus' came to my home to help me fill in a form for DLA for DD.
Something she said has been playing on my mind. She said that although I may be awarded HRC to begin with, due to DD waking multiple times in the night and needing resettling, DWP will expect me to arrange medication to ensure DD doesn't wake in the night, or a stay/visit to a sleep centre which I don't mind tbh and if I refuse to comply, there is a possibility they will reduce the DLA to MRC based on my refusal to medicate.

Is this true? I have no intention of medicating DD at the moment, and although that may or may not change in the future, I'm now worried about the terms and conditions of receiving DLA at particular rates are.

Has anyone else ever heard of this before, or faced something similar?

ouryve Sat 27-Apr-13 21:11:04

It's not something I've ever heard of. If the medication she's thinking of is melatonin, then it's not even a fully approved drug, so it has to be prescribed in very specific circumstances and that involves signing a trial consent form.

And, also melatonin does not prevent night waking. It's a hormone which gives the brain a signal that it's time to go to sleep.

lougle Sat 27-Apr-13 21:11:13

Absolute rubbish. Medication is a medical decision.

Some people have been told that waking several times per night for bed changes is unreasonable because the child could wear a nappy.

No-one can force you to medicate your child, and medication may not be appropriate.

MareeyaDolores Sat 27-Apr-13 21:49:15

Rubbish. Totally out of context. A repeat prescription full of piriton and melatonin isn't necessary, it's just reasonable evidence that the doctor also believes a dc's sleep is rubbish.

I did hear rumours of adults not getting HR mobility for declining walking aids, and that being embarrassed to use crutches wasn't considered sufficient reason.

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