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Membership of GMC seems to confer extra-long life

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1309
  1. David B Goss, retired general practitioner
  1. 24 Barleycroft Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6JU

    EDITOR—I recently received a letter from the registration directorate of the General Medical Council saying, “Our records show that you are not liable to pay the annual retention fee for the forthcoming year” and “if at any time you wish to remove your name from the register please telephone us.” As I was granted exemption from such a fee some years ago (I qualified in 1947) and I could see no obvious reason why I should ask for my name to be removed from the register I queried the reason for this letter.

    The reply came almost by return of post, stating, “Since changing computer systems in May this year some of the information migrated incorrectly. We currently have your date of birth as 01/01/1700. … These migration errors generated letters confirming exemption from the annual retention fee.”

    I wonder if I qualify for inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest doctor to receive such notification from the GMC. Maybe there's someone out there whose date of birth has “migrated” even further back in time, in which case I will stand down. (My real date of birth is 23/06/1923.)

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