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NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas staff

NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas staff

  • 21 May 2020
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NHS staff and care workers from overseas are to be exempt from paying a surcharge to use the health service after mounting pressure from MPs.

Boris Johnson's spokesman said the PM had asked the Home Office and Department for Health to exempt NHS and care workers "as soon as possible".

The health immigration surcharge on non-EU migrants is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.

Officials are working on the plans, with more details "in the coming days".

Mr Johnson's spokesman said: "He has been thinking about this a great deal. He been a personal beneficiary of carers from abroad and understands the difficulties faced by our amazing NHS staff.

"The purpose of the NHS surcharge is to benefit the NHS, help to care for the sick and save lives. NHS and care workers from abroad who are granted visas are doing this already by the fantastic contribution which they make."

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