House of Lords
Lord Laird (UUP)
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 November (WA 251) about healthcare for European Union nationals resident in the United Kingdom and in receipt of a pension, why provision of form S1 has never formed a mandatory part of the general practitioner registration process.
Earl Howe (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Quality), Health; Conservative)
Under existing arrangements, general practices are free to develop and maintain their own registration criteria.
The department is currently considering a review of charging overseas visitors for National Health Service care, including how to establish more effective and efficient processes across the NHS to screen for eligibility and to make and recover charges both from individuals and other European Economic Area countries where this is applicable. The review will include access to and the registration process for primary medical care services.