An exchange of letters is occurring between myself and the Department of Health. A major problem is fighting past 'the front desk' to get to talk with someone who actually can take decisions. [Past the doorman to the head waiter!] My letters have been answered by the Customer Services Centre (!). Following the presentation of my 7 page document (which see-click), it was kicked into the long grass of this 'Centre' and a reply came from that direction. I replied in turn with a letter somewhat written in lemon juice (though courteously) and copied this in to two MPs. One of them intervened directly with Andrew Lansley (The Secretary of State for Health) suggesting that my efforts 'deserved more consideration'. I cannot say whether any activity has taken place as a result of that intervention.
However, I have had another reply from the said 'Centre' and here is an extract....
Extract of letter from the Dept. of Health, 79,Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS, 15th July 2010-07-25
Nicolette Hartnell (Customer Service Centre)
In my reply I wrote....
[postscript-- It is necessary that the concept of provision of health care is distinguished from the process of costing for it. EU law states that the provision is the responsibility of the State of residence, and the costing is the responsibility of the State competent for the pensioner. Moreover the provision should be as far as is possible similar to that provided by the 'competent State'.]
Please also remember that many British pensioners in France (49,000 of them in total) are perhaps unaware of this campaign. One could tell those you know?