Returning a European Health Insurance Card

Wayne Pearsall made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health,

I am writing to query a simple fact. I am happy for you to respond providing either a FOI release of information you hold on this matter, or a simple response outlining the answer to my query.

When applying for an EHIC on the NHS website ( ), the terms that we agree to states that "I understand that should any person on this application decide to remain abroad to live or work, then the relevant authorities must be informed and the EHIC returned.".

I have an interest in moving to Ireland to seek work. I am unsure as to how long this move may be for. However, After looking on the Irish website ( ), in regards to an EHIC, I notice that it states: "You should apply for the European Health Insurance Card if you ...... Plan to go to any of these countries to seek work".

Can you please confirm, and provide me with a response to the following question:

At what point must the bearer of a UK issued EHIC return the card and inform the "relevant authorities" of their move/etc.

Exactly what details must be provided to the "relevant authorities"?

Who are the "relevant authorities"?

How exactly are people who need to inform the "relevant authorities" to do this? Email, Post, Telephone? (Please provide addresses ETC).

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Department of Health and Social Care

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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Dear Department of Health,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health's handling of my FOI request 'Returning a European Health Insurance

I made my request to the dwp. I find it rather frustrating that I was then revered back to information held by the doh. The nhs website does fall under the doh correct? so who was actually the best dept to answer this query... as the information released is held by the doh.....

I would therefore expect an ir into the refusal to complete my request. Noting that your department did not comply with legislation in its response. ...

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Doole, Tony,

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Dear Mr Pearsall


Please find attached the outcome of your Internal Review into the
above-mentioned request..


Yours sincerely



[1]DH.JPG Tony Doole

Senior Casework Manager, Freedom of Information

Department of Health, 79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS




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