Luton-born The Chase star Paul Sinha says he has received a letter from the NHS demanding documents proving his UK citizenship
Luton-born Chase star Paul Sinha has complained about receiving a letter from the NHS demanding documents that prove he is a British citizen.
The 53-year-old is one of the Chasers on the hit TV series referred to by host Bradley Walsh as The Sinnerman.
He is also a successful comedian who had his own solo show at the Edinburgh Festival, Saint or Sinha?.
Sinha revealed the ‘unpleasant’ incident involving his local NHS trust in a series of posts on X.
‘Received an official letter from my NHS trust demanding I provide several documents proving I’m a UK citizen, despite my protestations about having lived here my entire life. Feel like Jonathan Pryce in Brazil, and it’s not pleasant,’ he wrote – presumably a reference to the 1985 film Brazil, starring the actor.
Paul Sinha is one of the Chasers on the hit TV series referred to by host Bradley Walsh as The Sinnerman
Sinha revealed the ‘unpleasant’ incident involving his local NHS trust in a series of posts on X
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He continued: ‘I have eight days to scan and email over my passport and three utility bills.
‘In the meantime another NHS trust is happily looking after another aspect of my health without alarm. An unpleasant shambles.’
Sinha said the communication warned he could have appointments cancelled, be removed from waiting lists and charged for treatments if he did not get back to the trust with evidence of his UK citizenship.
He noted that he has an NHS pension, having worked as a GP after graduating from St George’s Hospital Medical School.
In another post, the Dulwich College graduate said he believes the issue could have been caused by an IT problem.
The comedian noted that he has an NHS pension, having worked as a GP after graduating from St George’s Hospital Medical School
‘I ought to point out that I think this is a computer glitch,’ he said.
‘But despite my protestations which could have been easily checked, I’m now in a bureaucratic nightmare. Like many people my bills are paperless.’
A follower replying to his post said they had also been ‘rung out of the blue’ about a similar issue.
MailOnline has contacted Sinha’s representatives for comment.
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