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Government to fall well short of NHS costs target

Following the news that the Government is expected to fall well short of its target of recovering £500m a year from overseas visitors treated in NHS hospitals in England, Bassetlaw MP John Mann commented:

"Earlier this year I revealed that over a 12-month period Britain paid out £674 million to EU countries to cover their health costs last year, but received only £50 million in return.”

 “The National Audit Office report further shows that only half of debts were recovered from patients from outside the EEA and that only 58% of hospital doctors knew some people were chargeable for NHS healthcare at all.”

“I am campaigning for a fair deal from other countries on health costs. At the moment we are not claiming back the money we are owed and it is the NHS which suffers.”

“Sorting this scandal out should be an urgent priority for the Government.  A bit of basic common sense could make a huge funding difference to the NHS.”


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