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Jeremy Hunt admits: “We have not got our act together” on European Health Costs

Today in Parliament the Secretary of State for Health admitted to John Mann MP that the Government has “not got our act together” in addressing the huge discrepancy in health costs paid by the UK to other European countries.

A Parliamentary Question from the Bassetlaw MP in March revealed that the UK paid out £674 million to European countries for their health costs last year – but received only £49 million in return. 

John Mann MP commented: “My campaign to ensure that we get a fair deal from other European countries on health costs is basic common sense. At the moment we are not claiming back the money we are owed and it is the NHS which suffers.”

“Sorting this scandal out in itself would transform the financial situation of the NHS.”

 “This is money that should be going directly back into our health system and it would make a huge annual difference to its finances.” 

“It is staggering that the Secretary of State for Health can stand in the House of Commons and shamelessly admit that his Government has failed to get its act together.” 


John Mann MP’s question and the Secretary of State’s response can be viewed here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/fbd45ac2-43c6-41c0-b2d0-48a9f49b3b0b?in=10:29:00&out=10:40:00

The huge European health cost discrepancy was revealed in a Department for Health response to the Bassetlaw MP. Notable figures include:

 UK pays France: £147,685,772 France pays UK: £6,730,292
UK pays Germany: £25,873,954 Germany pays UK: £2,189,664

UK pays Italy: £7,304,484 Italy pays UK £1,510,850

UK pays Spain: £223,290,021 Spain pays UK £3,412,338

UK pays Ireland £215,313,962 Ireland pays UK £19,214,031


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