DEAR SIR,

RESIDENCE PERMITS
AS someone who has lived here for 5½ years, my residence ID card recently expired. Having heard what a waste of time the new green piece of paper is, I decided not to bother and have continued (probably illegally) to use my expired card. I have been using it daily in shops for the past few months and the expiration date has never been questioned.

However yesterday, I asked at the local medical centre about renewing my Health Card. The receptionist asked for my residence card but, on noticing that it had expired, told me that she could not renew the Health Card without a valid residence card. It looked like I would now be forced to hand in my photo ID card for the piece of paper and start carrying my passport everywhere.

I was therefore delighted to read in today's Majorca Daily Bulletin that the local government is finally going to look into this ridiculous situation. My only question is: Why did it take 2 years to realise that there is a problem?

I now have to decide whether I should give in and go and get my piece of paper, or wait until they sort out problem and hope that I don't need any medical services in the meantime. Knowing the speed at which things move here maybe I should go for the former...

Martin Page
Porreres

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