Letters Overseas visitors and free NHS care

Finding a balance on the question of free NHS care for overseas visitors

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1991 (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1991
  1. Matthew Rollin, specialist registrar1,
  2. Antony A Narula, consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon, and visiting professor, Middlesex University1
  1. 1Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W2 1NY, UK
  1. matthew.rollin{at}nhs.net

Sheather and Davies’s argument seems to be more political than ethical, ignoring the question of how concerns of fairness can be balanced with doctors’ professional obligations.1

All who believe in democracy are morally obliged to abide by their elected representatives’ decisions and not cherry pick which laws to ignore on the basis of personal distaste. Employees are …

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