Medical Appeal

So I had my medical in late February and I had my letter come through saying I failed on the basis of "your history of sleepwalking until at least age 14". The thing is when I got asked "when was the last time I slept walked?" I answered that the last time I know i slept walked was in year 7 at my aunts, but I THINK it could of been up till 14".
Now I'm quite angry at the outcome of this as the Dr told me that any sleepwalking over the age of 13 is classified as permanently medically unfit and that she had to take the last bit of my answer as a definitive answer, which I found completely ridiculous as I didn't really know and felt that I should be over honest rather than not at all.
 
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So how can I prove I don't sleep walk? It's never ever been an issue. The answer on the letter is not the answer I gave.
 
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They said I can appeal, just that I have to be clear and concise in my answer referring to the reason on my letter but the reason on my letter isn't true.. I was thinking of buying all my medical documents and send it off with my appeal as I don't have a clue on what to pick out from there as all that i'd prove by sending all my documents is that I've never had a problem with it or anything at all, but that's a tonne load of documents.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Go speak to your GP explain the situation and see if they can help, could be a private report at your cost but I do not know so go see and speak, in this instance you need to be proactive in providing evidence for your medical clearance, keep your AFCO in the loop as they may be able to point you in the right direction if you go of on an expensive tangent?
 
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Cloudwalker

Guest
Without wishing to stir things up unnecessarily, I feel obliged to comment that this outfit SUPPOSEDLY doing medicals for all three of our Armed Forces needs seriously looking at by the powers that be (which powers presumably appointed said outfit in the first place). Said outfit is, in my carefully considered opinion, utterly incompetent and is doing little more than snuffling undeservedly at the trough of public funds.

My advice to ivorydown97 is essentially the same as Sumo's above. Seek expert advice and, if advised to APPEAL, then do so with polite and respectful vigour. You may do so in the knowledge that the vast majority of well reasoned appeals are successful. Take your AFCO's advice, bearing in mind that CAs cannot comment on medical issues. They do, however, frequently deal with unjustified medical rejections by this poxy, money-grubbing, private sector outfit.

I wish you the best of luck, ivorydown97. Go for it. :cool:
 
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Cloudwalker

Guest
CW you are not the first to vent similar concerns

I do realise that, Sumo. In fact, I was told that by someone far more in the know than I will ever be.

This, to my mind, leaves a very important question outstanding: Why, if many have 'vented similar concerns', has nothing been done about it?

It seems abundantly clear that most in the services and in the know are well aware of how bloody incompetent this private sector outfit is.

Next question, then, is: Who is protecting this outfit and/or profiting from it and, more importantly perhaps, why is this shabby outfit being permitted to continue with its sham regarding proper medical assessment of potential recruits?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Just to be clear, the medical standards applied stringently, are at the behest of the tri-service medical standards for entry (JSP950). In other words the respective services demand the standards are applied as much as a duty of care to the individual and indeed those whose lives may depend upon them whilst operating in extreme environmental conditions under potentially life-threatening duress.

All that said, every sympathy is afforded, no-one likes getting knocked back. Trust me, been there, got the teeshirt.

To appeal, you need relevant qualified medical data. A bucketload of irrelevant medical records doesn't actually help but a written summary of your medical records from a GP or relevant healthcare specialist indicating there are no further reported incidents of this particular condition beyond age xxx, will almost certainly help your case.

A short polite covering letter briefly explaining your situation and a request for review by the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries), submitted via your careers adviser may well work in your favour. Again, note the keywords short & brief. Emotionally charged rants of several pages simply don't help - even though we appreciate it's an emotive subject.

Good luck, let's hope they give you the benefit of the doubt given the adverse anecdotal evidence already provided by your good self.




Hmmmn. Choccy hobnobs. I like hobnobs....om nom, nom, nom.
 

Sumo

War Hero
All good questions, I have know idea, probably buried in some contract stuff and they were cheap. In some cases you get what you pay for?
 

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