Is this strange or what. Can only claim if a car user.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Sore Thumb, 16 Apr 2010.

  1. Sore Thumb

    Sore Thumb Veteran

    I cycle everyday to my NHS trust. I also asked if I could use my bike for on-call. I have to be at the hospital within one hour. My cycle ride takes me no longer than 30 minutes. My manager said yes. Good so far.

    Also because I am on call I have been told that I can also claim for my land line telephone, line rental charge. I suppose this is because they require me to have a telephone to be on call.

    However to claim for this line rental I have to register my car for on call. If I don't do this then I can't get the line rental back.

    So if a member of staff lived 5 minutes from the hospital and got called in by telephone and have no car and walked in they cannot claim for telephone.

    If a member of staff lived 5 minutes from the hospital and have a car and drove into work they can claim for the telephone. Madness or what!
  2. upsidedown

    upsidedown Waiting for the great leap forward

    The middle bit
    Madness, but not surprising.
  3. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    well i would just invent a car, like who's gonna check??
  4. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    If you lived 5 minutes away, they could walk round and ask you to come in. :biggrin:
  5. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    The NHS is building up a whole fraud team (including ex coppers) so its prolly not wise. Its in its infancy but its there and its already caught out people claiming for stuff they shouldnt, or even technicalities.:biggrin:
  6. sadjack

    sadjack Senior Member

    Do you have a car?
  7. Sounds predictably rubbish.

    Register a car to which you have access, partner, parent, mother-in-law, etc but then use the bike?
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Yep that is ridiculous...
  9. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    People are just car orientated. They can't imagine anyone not using a car. We once had an "away day" from work, and were advised that parking was in short supply. I asked if there was room for bikes, and was told that there was only just enough space for the exec's cars!
  10. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I've seen a similar thing with mobile phone numbers. I've only had a mobile a couple of years now and I used to find websites that I wanted to register with that demanded a mobile number and wouldn't let me proceed without one.
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