Health Services: Foreign Nationals

Home Department written question – answered on 6th February 2014.

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Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Conservative, Watford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been denied entry to the UK since the introduction of regulations which bar entry to those visa applicants who owe more than £1,000 to the NHS; and how many people have started to make payments under such regulations.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 3 February 2014

A refusal of an immigration application or application to enter the UK for a failure to pay outstanding NHS charges will be classed as a refusal on general grounds. It is not possible to distinguish cases where the outstanding charge has led to a refusal, from other general grounds for refusal.

It is not possible to establish how many people have made repayments to the NHS as a direct result of these immigration rules. However, some NHS hospitals have reported that this has resulted in the better payment of debts by chargeable visitor patients.

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