There is no evidence to show problems of ‘health tourism’.
GPs will be forced to act like immigration officers, checking people’s immigration status before giving treatment. This goes against the very purpose of the NHS which is to treat anyone in need.
Already a number of GPs and nurses have said that they will refuse to carry out these checks.
The British Medical Association states that “doctors’ primary ethical duty is to respond to the needs of their patients. It is our view that doctors should not be required to make judgements on the immigration status of patients or their entitlement to treatment under the regulations…these proposals make no economic sense and that the cost of administering such a scheme would far outweigh any supposed savings.”
The Bill introduces a pre-entry immigration health charge for temporary migrants and students from outside the European Economic Area. This up-front charge is likely to be initially set at £200 per year for temporary migrants and £150 a year for students.
People who do not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be charged for emergency healthcare and hospital treatment.
This is going to create a total disaster with people needing treatment avoiding going because they can’t afford to pay.
Charging people for services will undermine public health efforts to improve maternity outcomes, to reduce the spread of HIV, TB and other infectious diseases, and to achieve ‘herd immunity’ against diseases such as measles.
Restricting health care will actually cost more in the long run.
This information has been put together by Leeds No Borders volunteers. It is not a legal fact sheet and as the law is not yet passed, the information can change.