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College raises concern about GPs’ role in government plans to restrict access to NHS

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3020
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

New restrictions on migrants’ access to NHS services and changes to social care funding are among key policies outlined in the Queen’s speech.

A new Immigration Bill, the centrepiece of the speech to parliament outlining the government’s intended legislation during the next parliament, will set out plans to restrict migrants’ access to the NHS and make temporary visitors contribute to their healthcare costs.

The speech also announced a Care Bill to take forward the government’s commitment to reorganise the funding of social care and offer greater support to carers, on the basis of principles set out by the Dilnot commission.1

The speech also outlined plans to enable people with mesothelioma to claim compensation more easily, including where “no liable employer or …

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