Abbott: 'Stigmatising foreigners a health risk'

Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has tweeted:

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What price xenophobia? Stigmatising foreigners accessing NHS creates a public health risk.

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@paulwaugh Agree with charging people who are not entitled to free NHS care. But obvious public health risks re. communicable disease.

Earlier, Labour's shadow health minister Liz Kendall said the government had a "poor record in announcing policies that sound good but prove to be completely unworkable" and they would be asking "many questions" on the proposals.

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Foreigners face £200 NHS fee

Non-EU nationals staying in England for more than six months could be charged £200 a year for non-emergency NHS treatment. The Health Secretary has sought to calm GPs' concerns by insisting that doctors would not have to act as "border officers".