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Renewal of national bus pass

firemonkey

firemonkey

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I have just had a letter from my local council re my national bus pass as it is due to expire on the 31st March.
They want proof that i am still eligible . Previously i got it via sub section G of the Transport act 2000 section 146 with a letter from my GP.

However it seems now that the rules have changed as they are now saying that proof of eligibility needs to come from a specialist as opposed to merely a GP.

This, to my mind, will affect those who might well meet the criteria on mental health grounds but who do not have a consultant. Of these a considerable percentage are likely to be those with personality disorders.
We all know the penchant some mental health services have for abandoning/ditching those with PDs because they are regarded as a nuisance or too much bother because they can not be easily fixed.
 
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Dollit

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I had to get supporting evidence from my consultant originally - my GP was never considered suitable. Perhaps the rules vary slightly from Council to Council?
 
firemonkey

firemonkey

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Thought all was ok re renewal as my consultant has sent a letter to the council saying he supports my claim and that i have been a patient for a long time with psychotic symptoms for which i take psychotropic medications..

Counted my chickens too soon . I have just had a phone call from a council jobsworth quibbling over the fact my consultant hadn't actually put 'He is unable to drive' on his letter to them.

Seems like the council are looking at ways to bar people from getting passes if they can . Last time it just required a GP stating i couldn't drive due to depression but this year they are playing silly fecking buggers despite a consultant supporting the claim and mentioning psychotic symptoms.


This is aside of the fact i could never pass a driving test in the first place due to visual spatial deficits and if i did get behind the wheel of a car i would be a tragedy waiting to happen/a danger to others as those visual spatial difficulties would make it very hard for me to make safe decisions re manoeuvring a car ie passing other cars etc.


I am now feeling very uptight :(
 
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