It has been quite a long while since I have been sufficiently annoyed to write a blog entry.
For the most part, since then Minister Kenney pledged to eliminate the backlog at the SST, my year has been spent running from one end of the country to the other, working with clients whose appeals had finally been scheduled.
There were a large number of clients whose files were settled by Canada Pension Plan prior to the hearing. But for those who did have to attend the Tribunal, I will say that they have been very well managed and the Tribunal Members have really been great ensuring the client has had a very good hearing experience. Each Member has a differnt style, some more relaxed than others, but the clients had all left the hearings feeling a lot more positive than how they felt going in. The clients are nervous and I have found the Members do their best to put the client at ease. At least this is my experience and perspective.
I understand that the Tribunal are very close to completing all of the legacy files that had come over from the old Review Tribunal. They have really worked hard - and whilst what happened to many clients caught up in the back log mess was very discouraging and frankly just bad - I do want to tip my hat to the staff of the SST. They seem to be hitting their stride and almost remind me of the Tribunal of days gone by.
Now let me speak of the road blocks and rubber stamps......
I have always maintained that if CPP disability actually adjudicated the applications they received utilizing the CPP disability adjudication framework - they would not have the large denial rates they seem to maintain year after year. The Tribunal at one point, said that they had overturned and allowed more than 50% of the appeals they heard - which means that CPP disability - or the government - had got it wrong 50% of the time.
I cannot tell you how these denials so negatively impact the clients - they go without medication - they cannot afford their bills - their families suffer - the doctors getting pissed off because CPP disability do not listen - and it is just negative overall - not to mention how the clients become sicker due to the finanical stress they are put under.
I received a denial letter from CPP disability yesterday - the client had requested a reconsideration of the initial decision on September 4th advising CPP they there was additional information that the client was planning to submit to support his appeal - and today I got a copy of another denial letter dated October 22nd, 2015 denying him again. THEY DID NOT WAIT FOR ANY INFORMATION THAT THE CLIENT WANTED TO SUBMIT. FP Winnipeg.
I have sent letters to the CPP Medical Adjudicators - those particularly in CPP Chatham - and advised them that the client was waiting for a copy of their CPP disability file to come from Privacy so that they could prepare their appeal - and to please wait until they have had the opportunity to review this and submit additional infomration - ONLY TO BE DENIED WITHOUT ANY CONSULTATION.
That my friends is RUBBER STAMPING by Canada Pension Plan disability.
If this rubber stamping did not occur, then the SST would not have such a large number of appeals being received each year.