Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Overseas Visitors

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden 20th February 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what costs have been invoiced to foreign patients not entitled to free NHS care by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last five years;

(2) what proportion of costs invoiced to foreign patients not entitled to free NHS care by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been written off in each of the last five years.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health 20th February 2012

Trusts' accounts report total audited income from overseas patients under non-reciprocal arrangements(1), and bad debt and claims abandoned for overseas patients. As well as foreign nationals who are not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the data include income from, and written off debt for, UK nationals who are not ordinarily resident here.

The value of bad debt and claims abandoned for overseas patients for Hull and East Yorkshire National Health Service Trust (HEY) for 2006-07 to 2010-11 is shown in the following table.

(1) This means the amount invoiced for national health service hospital treatment to overseas patients not entitled to free NHS care.

Financial year Bad debts and claims abandoned in respect of overseas patients (£)
2010-11 23,601
2009-10 4,706
2008-09 7430
2007-08 5,431
2006-07 0
Source: NHS Trust Audited Summarisation Schedules

HEY's accounts report no income related to overseas patients in the years in question. However, HEY has informed the Department that the income has been recorded in its accounts under the private patient income heading. My right hon. Friend may wish to approach HEY for further information.

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