Health Services: Immigrants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions people resident in the UK for (a) 10 years, (b) 20 years, (c) 30 years and (d) 40 years have been refused access to healthcare as a result of disputed immigration status.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested is not held

The United Kingdom is a residence based health care system and entitlement to free National Health Service healthcare is predominantly based on being ordinarily resident in the UK.

A person who is ordinarily resident in the UK is entitled to receive free NHS healthcare services as long as they can prove they are in the UK lawfully, adopted voluntarily and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of his or her life for the time being, whether of short or long duration.

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