Charity: Measures will endanger people living with HIV

The National AIDS Trust has said that measures to stop visitors to the UK taking advantage of healthcare for free would also threaten the health of Britons.

The proposals, if enforced, would undermine years of work to encourage marginalised at-risk groups to access HIV testing and treatment.

By limiting access to primary care for some migrants living in England we would cut off the only place many of them will get an HIV diagnosis - short of presenting at A&E many years after they were infected, once they are very seriously ill.

We are calling on the Government not to limit universal primary care access to migrants living in England. If they go ahead they risk putting lives at risk and accelerating the spread of HIV in the general population.

– Deborah Jack, Chief executive, National AIDS Trust

A Department of Health spokeswoman said people with HIV would still receive free healthcare if the scheme went ahead.

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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".