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gibbo

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No, not a rip off.
For some years now all government departments have had to recover costs when supplying information.
The £43 is in line with what used to be paid for information from unreleased census in the 1990s (allowing for inflation).

The UK taxpayer should not be expected to subsidise a person's hobby.

I know a number of companies are wanting to provide an online service and based on past experience expect to see such a service in the coming year.
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Guy

Hi Guy,

£43 :eek:
Wouldnt they be better of charging a smaller fee and getting more customers hence in the long run a bigger turn over? :confused:
Or it doesnt work like that?

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As a UK taxpayer I expect to get some advantages for the vast sums of money I give to the government.
It may only be a hobby but at least I am not expecting the government to subsidise a life style.
 

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Hi Guy,

£43 :eek:
Wouldnt they be better of charging a smaller fee and getting more customers hence in the long run a bigger turn over? :confused:
Or it doesnt work like that?

gibbo
No it doesn't work like that.
The records are not part of a database or even part of the NHS core business.

The records are part of a stored archive, sitting un-indexed on shelves.
Using past experience of similar types of records (for example unreleased census) the costs were calculted for finding and retrieving and individual record.
During the early 1990s this worked out at an average of £29.00p.
Taking into account increase of wages inflation etc. the current cost averages £43.00p.

That is simply a cost to retrieve the record. No profit margin has been added as the law only allows for costs to be taken into account.

There are a number of companies who have shown an interest in digitising the records and making them available online. When this happens the costs tumble and the companies will build in a profit margin as happened with the 1911 census.
It is only then that more customers would be an advantage.
Until then researchers wanting access to records are a distraction from the core business of the NHS.
Cheers
Guy
 

gibbo

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#46
No it doesn't work like that.
The records are not part of a database or even part of the NHS core business.

The records are part of a stored archive, sitting un-indexed on shelves.
Using past experience of similar types of records (for example unreleased census) the costs were calculted for finding and retrieving and individual record.
During the early 1990s this worked out at an average of £29.00p.
Taking into account increase of wages inflation etc. the current cost averages £43.00p.

That is simply a cost to retrieve the record. No profit margin has been added as the law only allows for costs to be taken into account.

There are a number of companies who have shown an interest in digitising the records and making them available online. When this happens the costs tumble and the companies will build in a profit margin as happened with the 1911 census.
It is only then that more customers would be an advantage.
Until then researchers wanting access to records are a distraction from the core business of the NHS.
Cheers
Guy

Hi Guy,

I still dont like the £43.00 bit :rolleyes::2fun: but at least i now understand where the costs involved come into it. Thanks.
 

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