Maternity Services: Foreign Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women entitled to free maternity care have been charged in error for maternity care under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015, as amended.

Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds information on the number of destitute women who have been charged for NHS maternity care under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many destitute and low income women have missed pregnancy scans after receiving notification that they will be charged for maternity care under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015, as amended.

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

The Department does not hold this information.

The national guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015, as amended.

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