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    Doctors Charges

    A mate has just received an invoice from his GP for replying to a Police Firearms Medical check for FAC application.
    That cant be right is it?
    He is going back to question it.

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    The latest Home Office 'Guide on Firearms Licensing Law' says this:

    11.30 If the applicant has declared a relevant medical condition (see list of relevant medical
    conditions in chapter 12) the police may ask the applicant to obtain and pay for a medical
    report to assist with their consideration of medical suitability. The medical report should
    normally be provided to police within one month of the request. If a further medical report
    is required the police will pay for this.


    As to 'relevant medical conditions', it says this:

    12.28 Relevant medical conditions include:
    • Acute Stress Reaction or an acute reaction to the stress caused by a trauma
    • Suicidal thoughts or self harm
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Mania, bipolar disorder or a psychotic illness
    • A personality disorder
    • A neurological condition: for example, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s
    diseases, or epilepsy
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Any other mental or physical condition which may affect the safe possession of
    firearms or shotguns.


    More comment and opinion here: new medical procedures from 1st April.
    Last edited by Dalua; 18-04-2016 at 15:23.

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    Theres been rumblings about it for a while.

    I've seen some threads on here about it and it has been mentioned by BASC and a few other shooting bodies as there is now a push to get shooters to pay more of the costs associated with applications/renewals, especially if there are any medical conditions mentioned on application.

    BMA - Firearms | British Medical Association

    He can probably challenge it but unfortunately according to the BMA link this work isnt part of the GP's contract and therefore they can charge a supplementary fee.

    There is also a section that states that the BMA's initial proposal was rejected and discussions are ongoing, so there may be a better outcome than charging us all!

    If you dont mind me asking how much was the bill for?

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    If the request is not in accordance with the above - get in touch with your shooting organisation quickly. I would ask the police why it was deemed necessary if it did not meet the above criteria. Not good to see this happening already !

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    I suppose the relevant questions are:

    a) Did he declare a relevant medical condition as detailed above on his application?

    b) Did the police request him to obtain (and pay for) a medical report?

    If the answer to either or both of the above is negative, then he might want to consider telling the GP to direct his invoice elsewhere.

    If the answer is in the afirmative, then he'd best get his debit card ready for action.

    BTW how much are they charging?

    EDIT: Kes beat me to it!

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    Just another tax.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    The latest Home Office 'Guide on Firearms Licensing Law' says this:

    11.30 If the applicant has declared a relevant medical condition (see list of relevant medical
    conditions in chapter 12) the police may ask the applicant to obtain and pay for a medical
    report to assist with their consideration of medical suitability. The medical report should
    normally be provided to police within one month of the request. If a further medical report
    is required the police will pay for this.


    As to 'relevant medical conditions', it says this:

    12.28 Relevant medical conditions include:
    • Acute Stress Reaction or an acute reaction to the stress caused by a trauma
    • Suicidal thoughts or self harm
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Mania, bipolar disorder or a psychotic illness
    • A personality disorder
    • A neurological condition: for example, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s
    diseases, or epilepsy
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Any other mental or physical condition which may affect the safe possession of
    firearms or shotguns.


    More comment and opinion here: new medical procedures from 1st April.

    Have just seen a photocopy of his application form and he ticked "NO" against medical condition questions.....

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    Having just submitted my renewal to D&C, their covering letter and Notes which are attached to the renewal form state at item 7

    "Where no relevant medical conditions are disclosed the police will contact yor GP asking if they are aware of any relevant medical conditions or have any concerns about the issue of the firearm or shotgun certificate. Depending on the reply, the police may ask you to obtain a medical report from your GP/specialist. You are expected to meet the cost if a fee is charged for this. If further information is required the police may request and pay for a further report."

    Having read this I am unsure whether they mean one has to pay (should the GP make a charge) for the GP's reply or just pay for the report if one is requested.
    Knowing quite a few people who have, within the last few months renewed I have not heard one say they have had a bill from their GP.
    Last edited by CharlieT; 18-04-2016 at 19:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieT View Post
    Having just submitted my renewal to D&C, their covering letter and Notes which are attached to the renewal form state at item 7

    "Where no relevant medical conditions are disclosed the police will contact yor GP asking if they are aware of any relevant medical conditions or have any concerns about the issue of the firearm or shotgun certificate. Depending on the reply, the police may ask you to obtain a medical report from your GP/specialist. You are expected to meet the cost if a fee is charged for this. If further information is required the police may request and pay for a further report."

    Having read this I am unsure wether they mean one has to pay (should the GP make a charge) for the GP's reply or just pay for the report if one is requested.
    Knowing quite a few people who have, within the last few months renewed I have not heard one say they have had a bill from their GP.

    This wasn't a renewal,it was an initial application.
    Sounds like the Doctor may being charging for the initial response,probably a mistake then.

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