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I’m a junior doctor—this is why the new NHS immigration checks are bad for everyone

Quite aside from the obvious moral case, the new policy will impact the economic sustainability of the NHS and the health of the population for decades to come

By Timesh Pillay  

As a doctor in the NHS, I’ve seen Jeremy Hunt’s Department of Health initiate a number of controversial reforms, including the widely unpopular junior doctors contract, mostly without proper consultation. However, none have had the destructive potential of the department’s latest intervention.

From today, it becomes mandatory for all patients seeking NHS care in England to undergo immigration checks, with those deemed ineligible to pay 150 per cent of the cost of care up front.The stated aim is to recover costs from so called ‘health tourists’ but there will be wide ranging…

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