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Migrants and overseas visitors face charges for A&E

Overseas visitors and migrants who require accident and emergency treatment from the NHS in England are to be charged, the Government has announced.

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Doctors warn changes could cost more than they raise

Doctors' leaders have warned the proposed changes to NHS charges for migrants could cost more to administer than they would actually raise.

Dr Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Association council, said it would also cause confusion among patients while requiring GPs and hospital doctors to spend more time on paperwork and bureaucracy.

Doctors' leaders warned the changes, such as charging migrants for A&E treatment, could cost more to administer than they save. Credit: PA Wire

"There is particular confusion over access entitlements to emergency care services, given the proposals introduce charging for A&E visits yet say no patient will be turned away if they need care", Dr Porter said.

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