Tuesday 8 March 2011

The International Health Service

You voted for this pathetic toff twat.

You mugs deserve all you get.

Whilst the NHS is cut back as the Lib Con crooks rob funds from the NHS to pay the bankers, the NHS is open to every sponger in the world that enters this pathetic joke of a 'nation'.

'We'll never turn anyone away': PM says 'humanitarian' NHS will give free treatment to patients from all over the world

By Sue Reid
Last updated at 1:09 AM on 5th March 2011
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The National Health Service is giving free treatment to patients from all over the world, it has been officially admitted.

A letter sent on behalf of the Prime Minister states that the NHS is a ‘humanitarian’ organisation and ‘will never turn away’ a patient, even if he or she is not entitled to free care.

It provoked anger from politicians. One MP said: ‘The NHS should not be an international charity.’

The correspondence emerged as a survey showed that in the past two years alone, hospitals have lost £32million because of debts piled up by illegal migrants, health tourists and foreign visitors.

Traditionally, the NHS has given free care to foreigners who are genuine emergency cases, such as car crash victims here on holiday.

But few questions are asked at hospitals about where patients come from before treatment is started.

Some are so ill that they need a lifetime of care. The letter was sent after a nurse wrote to David Cameron complaining that foreigners routinely get free hospital care.

Her 85-year-old mother had been forced to pay £13,000 for a private knee operation after languishing on an overstretched NHS waiting list for two years.

The nurse, who has worked in 22 hospitals over 35 years, wrote: ‘Fifteen years ago almost every patient I saw was British; five years ago about half were British. Today it is less than 10 per cent.

‘This is a drain on the health service’s resources to the detriment of people who have been contributing to it all their lives.’

The reply, written by a Department of Health official ‘on Mr Cameron’s behalf’, said: ‘The Government’s position is that the NHS is essentially a humanitarian service and no one in need of immediate treatment will ever be denied it because of their immigration status or their ability to pay.’

However in 2000 the High Court ruled that even seriously ill foreigners should be refused free treatment.

Lord Justice Kennedy said: ‘The NHS has enough trouble raising funds to treat those it must treat, without volunteering to treat others at a loss.’

Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, said: ‘The letter confirms that we are no longer a national health service but an international health service.’

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘British taxpayers cannot afford to pay for the healthcare of the whole world.’

A health department spokesman said: ‘The NHS is first and foremost for the benefit of people who live in this country.

‘Hospitals must take reasonable measures to recover any debts from overseas patients.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1363085/Free-care-International-Health-Service-patients-queue-NHS-treatment-world.html#ixzz1G5TPwlk0

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