A week or so ago I wrote this letter to my NHS Primary Care Trust. Reproduced below is the reply I received on why my notes were not at my surgery and why I had been de-registered from the practice.
Note the reason quoted “Patient works on ships”.
That would mean that if I had chosen to start my career in 2004, by my simple maths, and allowing for 40 years of service. I would have to have registered with the practice 80 times.
I received this.
Dear Mr Filthy Engineer
Thank you for your e mail regarding the removal of your name from your doctor’s list.
As you will appreciate, our Agency has no option but to comply with the NHS Regulations in the case of patients who are not resident in the UK.
However, you may wish to contact the NHS West Kent Primary Care Trust’s Customer Service department on 0800 0 850 850 if you wish to discuss your concerns with a member of the helpline staff. If you prefer you can e mail them at email@example.com
I thank you for your reply. On that basis I should be able to reclaim my NIC's from 2004 onwards if I was deemed to be non resident in the UK by yourselves.
The Filthy Engineer