Immigration rule changes – NHS debts

Posted: 27th October 2011

Some NHS treatment is only free to those who are ordinarily resident in the UK or who are exempt from the charges under the law.

Hospital Trolley
Changes to the Immigration Rules currently before Parliament will mean that those subject to immigration control who fail to settle an outstanding bill of £1,000 or more for NHS treatment will not be allowed to enter or remain in the UK until the debt is settled.
This will be achieved by the NHS supplying information to the UK Border Agency to enable it to identify debtors. The information sharing arrangements are being phased in over the coming months.
It is anticipated that the £1,000 threshold will catch 94 per cent of outstanding amounts owed to the NHS.