End of Free NHS Care for Migrants Under New Bill

Tim Ross and David Barrett, Telegraph (London), October 5, 2013

Foreigners will have to prove that they are entitled to be in the country before they are given access to GPs and hospitals, while foreign students will have to make a “contribution” to the health service.

The measure will form the centrepiece of tough new legislation designed to reduce numbers entering the country and put pressure on illegal immigrants to leave.

A senior government source said it was an attempt to target “people who have no right to be here”.

Restricting access to the NHS is highly contentious politically.

GPs will be told they have to check that people seeking to register with them are here legally and issue only time-limited “NHS numbers” — the proof of entitlement to free care — to those who do not have a permanent right to be in the country.

Separately, students from outside Europe will have to pay a £200 levy before they can access the NHS.

Hospitals will be told to step up attempts to pursue “health tourists” for the cost of treatments they receive.

The measures will be outlined in the Immigration Bill, which is due to be put before Parliament within days.

It represents one of the most wide-ranging and ambitious pieces of legislation since the Coalition took office, spanning six Whitehall departments: health, local government, business, and transport, as well as the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

However, it will not affect migrants from inside the European Union, which is now the biggest single source of new arrivals.

Other elements of the Bill include:

• A ban on councils giving social housing to individuals with no connection to an area, with “penalties” if the rules are not followed;
• Fines of up to £3,000 if landlords do not conduct thorough background checks on their tenants to ensure they have a legal right to live in Britain, and fines of up to £20,000 for every illegal worker employed by unscrupulous businesses;
• A victory for The Sunday Telegraph’s campaign to end the farce that sees foreign criminals dodging deportation by appealing using the Human Rights Act.
Instead the law will allow immediate deportation and appeals from outside the country unless criminals can show they face “serious and irreversible harm” in their home countries.

The plans are intended to address what ministers see as public concern over the impact of the migration policies of the last Labour government.

The Bill is the Coalition’s flagship legislation for the year and Conservatives hope that the package of measures will allow them to win back voters who have been tempted to support the UK Independence Party.

“If you are not entitled to our free National Health Service you’ll have to pay for it,” a source said.

“If you are an illegal immigrant you won’t be able to rent a council flat and you won’t be able to rent a private sector flat.”

Many of the restrictions on free health treatment are likely to be opposed by some doctors, who have previously resisted attempts to make them “gatekeepers” to the NHS.

At present anyone registering for the first time at a GP is given an NHS number, which allows them to receive free treatment.

Under the reforms, they will have to prove they are entitled to be here to gain the number. By having no NHS number, they will be unable to receive anything except emergency treatment.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said: “We need to ensure that those residing or visiting the UK are contributing to the system, and that we do as much as possible to target illegal migration.

“We have a National Health Service not an international health service and I am determined to wipe out abuse in the system.”

The foreign students levy will end the current situation which allows free access to the NHS for all students here for more than six months.

Currently 300,000 students from outside Europe are studying at British universities.

Official projections have suggested that this number will rise to more than 480,000 by 2025.

Although charging these students would raise less than £100 million, ministers believe it would be a significant disincentive to those who would abuse the NHS.

Analysis of Home Office figures suggests that one in five foreign students will remain living in the UK five years after first arriving, and many will settle permanently.

Efforts to step up the pursuit of health tourists will also be included.

There is uncertainty over how much is spent by the NHS on foreigners who are not entitled to free treatment, with current estimates ranging from £3million to £300million, and fears the figure may be even higher.

Reforms to council and social housing provision will also be included.

Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, blamed “Left-wing” councils for giving too many taxpayer-funded homes to immigrants after figures showed that 10 per cent of social housing was given to foreign families last year.

Among the most significant measures in the Bill is the drive to stop foreign criminals abusing Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights — the right to “private and family life”.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said in June 2012 that criminals should only be allowed to use “family life” arguments to avoid deportation at the end of their jail terms in “exceptional circumstances” — a proposal that won unanimous backing in the House of Commons.

Other measures expected to be in the Bill include halving the 68,000 immigration appeals heard each year by cutting the number of appeal routes from 17 to four.

A separate tightening of the rules on unemployment benefits is likely to follow, which will not require an Act of Parliament to introduce.

Certain unemployment benefits for European nationals will be stopped after six months, under the plan to amend the Immigration Regulations.

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  • Spartacus

    “Fines of up to £3,000 if landlords do not conduct thorough background
    checks on their tenants to ensure they have a legal right to live in
    Britain, and fines of up to £20,000 for every illegal worker employed by
    unscrupulous businesses;”


    Why do I get the feeling this will affect average Brits more than it will the invaders ?

    • I get the feeling that this will prevent very few people from not getting care, even if it was perfectly enforced.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        You can rest assured that enforcement will be light. Unelected bureaucrats tend to be leftists, as is in their financial best interest. Leftists always find creative ways to circumvent the law, and they’ll be delighted to do so if it is to their pet minority’s advantage and at YT’s expense.

  • kjh64

    Perfectly reasonable. You cannot have open borders and socialism, you will have one or the other but not both.

    • leftists are delusional

      Another truth:
      You can’t have socialism with any significant number of sub Saharans.

  • JohnEngelman

    “If you don’t have the right to be here we won’t give you free stuff.”

    What a concept!

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    We have a National Health Service not an international health service and I am determined to wipe out abuse in the system.

    Do I detect some stirrings of (un)common sense? Racist!!! Racist!!!!!

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      “…We have a National Health Service, not an international health service…”

      Start with saying that your country is your national home and not an international home and all the rest will follow.

  • MBlanc46

    Well done. The French and the British are starting to show some backbone. I hope that we in North America will begin to follow their example.

  • negrolocaust

    Michael Savage just mentioned ” black mobs attacking people throughout the country and stressed BLACK. Michael is the only national personality with courage to mention it. Hannity did stand by Zimmerman from the start. otherwise silence from whites. pretty sad.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Too little, too late.

  • Talltrees

    “British government is targeting “people who have no right to be here.””
    Meanwhile, the U.S. government is targeting all White people since they have no right to be here.

    • me

      Yup. La Raza, the ‘New’ Black Panthers, the Muslims, and other sundry groups preach this regularly. They seem to be too stupid to realize that there WAS no ‘United States of America’ until White people carved it and built it out of the vast wilderness of nothing into one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. That usurper in the Spite House, Mr. Stompy Foot mulatto, the cryptic commie, doesn’t realize this either–but he’s starting to feel the backlash of his anti-White, anti-Christian arrogance. May he take Holder and the rest of his racist ‘posse’ with him when he goes, and may they ROT.

      • Greg Thomas

        These groups all know the history of this country. Remember, third world browns are basically thugs. They continue to invade, push and demand because nobody will stand up to them; out of fear of being demonized a racist. It’s that simple and they know it. It’s like taking candy from a baby and they are experts at it. They will continue to push and take until it is stopped.

  • mobilebay

    Has anyone seen the throngs of lawbreakers who have permission to demand their “rights,”
    while marching on the National Mall, yet the WW11 vets had to break into their Memorial to pay their respects? Most anti-American act yet!

    • jackryanvb

      World War II vets…. Killing Germans, Japaenese and Italians for, exactly what?

      I like Germans, Japanese and Italians.

      • mobilebay

        Read the history of WW 11 and you’ll see why our country had to be defended by those brave, patriotic men and women. Does December 7, 1941 ring a bell? Pearl Harbor? Iwo Jima? Tarawa? Corregidor? Wake Island? Battle of the Bulge? Tobruk? Salerno? And on and on…guess you had to be there.

        • jackryanvb

          The term that best applies here is..

          Dumb goyim.

          White Americans losing their racial sanity to fight Japanese for the rights of Filipinos.

          White Americans slaughtering Germans and German allies Croatians, Ukranians, Romanians and Finns to turn over Eastern Europe and Central Europe to Communism.

          Yeah, that was real good. Got to thank the World War II vets for that. And if this “good war” was so good “Why did the US NATO have to spend the next 40 years fighting the Cold War against Communists, Soviets?

          We sure have lots of dumb White goyim here in Amuricah.

          Fee, fi, fo foyim
          I smell the blood of some dumb goyim.

          • mobilebay

            Well, for one thing, it solidified your right to spew anti-American venom.

          • jackryanvb

            Dumb goyim Amuricans who celebrate slaughtering White Europeans and the Japanese…. Don’t really recognize them as “Americans”.

            Very similar to the Amy Biehl types.

          • mobilebay


          • jackryanvb

            Well, it must be nice to have your own country…

            Your own Olympic team…

            Your own World Cup soccer team…

            Not very successful teams, doing about as well as the Sons of Allah in Saudi Arabia.

            Maybe the weight lifters in Khazakistan are the Chosen People – they win Olympic medals.

            As for us White Americans, we’re not God’s Chosen People, not even close.

            But we win more medals than the Sons of Allah in Saudi Arabia.

            Not demanding our own country, yet.

            Just looking for a safe place where we can be kind to our own kind.

  • me

    Isn’t it absolutely diabolical that the only group of people that CAN’T fight for their people, congregate with their people, help their people, take pride in their people, take pride in their accomplishments, and show favoritism for their own people are WHITE PEOPLE?! The powers that be have even made phony ‘laws’ to punish us if we DO practice altruism for our own race. When are we going to tell these btards to go to hell?

  • me

    Yup. The masks of the enemy of the White races are many. ‘Wolves in sheeps’ clothing’ doesn’t even begin to describe the evil, anti-White, genocidal monsters.

  • this is stupid, even though I’;m against Immigration, I don’t think doctors should be refusing medical care for people who need it, who ever they are.
    they know that doctors will not refuse to give medical care and so this is simply Public relations Propaganda, they can never deliver on this.