Cough­ing up the cash

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

QI have just re­newed my shot­gun cer­tifi­cate. Sev­eral days af­ter re­ceiv­ing my new cer­tifi­cate I re­ceived a let­ter from my doc­tors say­ing they had been try­ing to con­tact me and would I be able to con­tact them? When I tele­phoned them, I was told that for them to re­ply to the po­lice’s re­quest to con­firm my med­i­cal records I would now have to pay them a charge of £30.

As I had al­ready been is­sued with my new cer­tifi­cate I con­tacted my li­cens­ing depart­ment for ad­vice and was told that even if no re­ply was re­ceived from my doc­tors they would not re­voke my cer­tifi­cate, so there was no need to pay for some­thing that was not re­quired.

How long will it be be­fore doc­tors in­sist, what is now a dis­cre­tionary charge, it is made com­pul­sory and is raised via an ad­di­tion to the cost of a cer­tifi­cate?

David says: The of­fi­cial Gov­ern­ment ad­vice is that there is no ex­pec­ta­tion of a fee be­ing charged for an ini­tial trawl through your med­i­cal records. How­ever, I could find no men­tion of this on the BMA web­site al­though the BMA is well aware of the Home Of­fice po­si­tion, which is sup­ported by the shoot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

In my view the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion has failed to get its act to­gether and the con­se­quence is mud­dle and con­fu­sion. Don’t pay.

The of­fi­cial Gov­ern­ment ad­vice is that there is no ex­pec­ta­tion of a fee be­ing charged

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