This week one of the Weller daughters’ saucepan lids (kids) came home from school with a letter saying they have a day trip to France in the summer and would need an EHIC healthcare card.
The EHIC is a replacement for the old E111 forms which have been invalid since January 2006 it allows you to get state provided healthcare in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge. The card is valid for up to five years.
Anyway on the letter was a dog and bone (phone) number to apply and a web site address also mentioning a card could be had through the Post Office.
Our daughter popped into the Post Office, on her way home, and was given a phone number to apply for a card although I thought they would handle your application for a charge of £2.
When she got home being young she went straight onto the website as the young don’t seem to bother with phone numbers these days unless they can text to them.
Sure enough a EHIC card could be got through the, school recommended, website but for a charge of £14.99. Can you Adam and Eve that?
Charging £15 for a free card, I presume they stay on the legal side by claiming the charge is for admin purposes.
To keep a long story short you can apply for the card free of charge on the official NHS EHIC website. So don’t be ripped off by con artists.
I was going to tell you about the ten jailed for Nottingham sham marriages scam or that in the last 7 weeks, 25 illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested in several enforcement operations on businesses across the UK but these offences are so commonplace now it doesn’t bear mentioning anymore.