NHS: Channel Islands

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they have issued to the National Health Service on charging residents of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey for healthcare; and whether they have advised British-born residents and the travel industry of the healthcare charges in those islands.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

As part of a significant awareness campaign prior to the ending of the bilateral healthcare agreement with the Channel Islands, every National Health Service trust was informed that Channel Islands visitors requiring treatment other than that provided in accident and emergency should be charged as an overseas visitor from 1 April 2009. In addition, a local and national media campaign in online and printed press was undertaken. The travel industry was targeted as part of that campaign. A similar campaign in relation to the Isle of Man will start soon working closely with the Isle of Man Government.

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