5,000 more English patients signed up with Welsh GPs than vice versa says NHS chief

There are 5,000 more English patients who are registered with Welsh GPs than the other way around, MPs have been told. But a leading NHS figure told the MPs that the Welsh health service doesn't get any extra money as a result.

The Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, Helen Birtwhistle, said 20,000 patients from England are registered with GPs on this side of the border compared to 15,000 from Wales with English GPs.

Members of the Welsh Affairs committee had been hearing concerns about the experience of English patients being treated across the border.

Helen Birtwhistle said that when it comes to hospital treatment, more patients from Wales are treated across the border than vice versa, but said that was because of geography and, in some areas, because the nearest district general hospital is in England.