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new legislation states i have to download a form regarding my medical info,the doctor has to fill it in and give it me back

when i rang the practice i was told there would be a fee for the service

is this common practice and are the doctors allowed to charge a fee...if so where does the money go to

 

mikky

 

 

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Yes I’m afraid more and more forces are asking for doctors signed forms and of course gp’shaverealised they can charge for this and I believe it varies a lot , they keep the money in their practise ! 

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1 hour ago, mikky said:

are the doctors allowed to charge a fee..

Fraid so; its an admin fee for the GP to examine your records and produce the required letter. Home Office guidelines state the applicant pays. I would think the money goes to the practice. Its becoming common practice & its only a matter of time before all Police forces jump on the bandwagon.

Could be worse, some GPs will not sign these letters.

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18 minutes ago, JJsDad said:

Could be worse, some GPs will not sign these letters.

This.

I was lucky , got charged £10 , 2 months AFTER  I got my renewal 😄

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14 hours ago, mossy835 said:

mine wanted £20 i never paid.

I am minded to do this, ie not pay, but what happens next time? Does the practice keep a record of my not paying and simply refuse to comply with any future request. That would mean having to find another GP and in rural areas they are thin on the ground! 

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My GP just refuses to do anything with regards to firearms licensing regardless of cost. Stating they are contentious objectors to gun ownership. 

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21 minutes ago, JTaylor91 said:

My GP just refuses to do anything with regards to firearms licensing regardless of cost. Stating they are contentious objectors to gun ownership. 

So how do you stand at renewal time, will you have to change doctors?

 

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1 hour ago, Boristhedog said:

Does the practice keep a record of my not paying and simply refuse to comply with any future request.

The practice of County Police Forces requiring a letter from the applicants GP is spreading and the Home Office has ruled that it is the applicant who pays.

Like any other business, I expect Health Practices will keep a record of bad debts and will either go through the small claims court to get their money or refuse to provide a letter next time around.  £20 is a small fee to pay when some non-NHS practices are charging between £75 - £100. Refusing to pay seems a bit blinkered when in 5 years time you are going to need to go through the same procedure again.

7 minutes ago, moondoggy said:

how do you stand at renewal time, will you have to change doctors?

You are faced with a stark choice. Change GP or approach a non-NHS practice who advertise they provide this service. You will need to obtain a print of your medical records and attend a consultation. Costs vary, but they exceed the £20 - £25 normally quoted by NHS GPs.

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50 minutes ago, moondoggy said:

So how do you stand at renewal time, will you have to change doctors?

 

Currently Humberside aren’t doing the whole mandatory input from your GP rigmarole which is lucky for me. However when I started an application through Lincolnshire that do have to have records from your GP I was told I would have to change docs. 

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8 hours ago, Boristhedog said:

I am minded to do this, ie not pay, but what happens next time? Does the practice keep a record of my not paying and simply refuse to comply with any future request. That would mean having to find another GP and in rural areas they are thin on the ground! 

 

 

 

at the time witch was 2 years ago,with avon @ somerset if they did not here from my doctor in 3 weeks then it all went a head, and i got it,if it gets to silly like its going, i wont bother to renew.

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1 hour ago, mossy835 said:

 

 

 

at the time witch was 2 years ago,with avon @ somerset if they did not here from my doctor in 3 weeks then it all went a head, and i got it,if it gets to silly like its going, i wont bother to renew.

That's exactly what they want

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they want to get the ones with no licence,not  law abiding people like us,they want none of us to have guns,

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38 minutes ago, mossy835 said:

they want to get the ones with no licence,not  law abiding people like us,they want none of us to have guns,

That’s the problem. The scroats with illegal guns are sometimes difficult to find but us law abiding types....they know where we are and can ignore guidance as they see fit to make it increasingly more difficult for us. 

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23 hours ago, JTaylor91 said:

My GP just refuses to do anything with regards to firearms licensing regardless of cost. Stating they are contentious objectors to gun ownership. 

The way around this is to obtain a free copy of your medical history then to send it to a Doctor willing to verify and sign providing of course nothing in there causing a problem. For about £100 they will sign for you.

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The flip side of deliberately creating hurdles for FAC holders is that SOME value their ticket more than the crimes they won't commit because of it.

If they lose that restraint they will be more likely to offend/re-offend.

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5 minutes ago, Dave-G said:

The flip side of deliberately creating hurdles for FAC holders is that SOME value their ticket more than the crimes they won't commit because of it.

If they lose that restraint they will be more likely to offend/re-offend.

🙂 Must admit, getting my tickets has kept me on the straight and narrow. That and becoming a parent anyhow.

Not having any didn’t stop me shooting, but being legit’ does have its advantages which go some way to outweighing it’s disadvantages. 

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Yes they can, it is non NHS work so free market/private work over and above.

They can charge what they like, this can typically range from £10 to many hundreds of £.

Likely to become compulsory soon, there is a Home Office consultation currently underway for all new grants and renewals for all.  

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