Following a recent blood test, I have been trying to get hold of a hard copy of the results so that I might discuss them with a private physician. Previously this has been accomplished by dropping a letter off with the GP and collecting the print out a few days later, occasionally coughing up a quid in the process.
This time my stock letter was met by one from my GP by return of post. Allegedly NHS Guidelines mean that the act of looking up my records on the computer system and printing a couple of sides of A4 will cost me a princely £10. Given that this should be, at most, a 5 minute task, I consider this ‘Administration Fee’ to be extortion and have responded in kind. No further response has yet been received.
However there was a second part to my GPs letter, which, I quote, reads:
Furthermore, I would advise you that NHS information is not to be taken abroad.
Personally I’d have said that information about my health was my property, to do with as I please, not that of the organisation I am forced to pay for under threat of violence but it seems I am mistaken in this matter…
Nice to have written evidence that we are mere chattel to them, isn’t it?