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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".

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Hunt: Doctors would not act as border officers

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV's Daybreak that the crackdown on health tourism in the UK would not see doctors act as border officers.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

He said: "We don't want them (doctors) to be border officers at all, what we are looking at is a non-bureaucratic system".

Mr Hunt added that the NHS is the "most generous" healthcare system in the world and that he wanted to make it a service that was "sustainable and fair for hardworking British families".

He said: "If we do nothing at all we are basically saying that we are not a national health service, we're an international health service and I don't think that's fair on hardworking families who pay their taxes".

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