Patients to show passports before NHS treatment


Those seeking NHS treatment at hospitals could be forced to show their passports before being granted care as part of a bid to crack down on foreign visitors, a senior official has said. The government’s department of health is examining whether patients should have to show two forms of ID to get some elements of NHS care, saying this was “controversial” but already happening in some places. Chris Wormald, the most senior civil servant at the department, said in a hearing at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the NHS has a “lot further to go” when it comes to…

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