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Migrant health: Trusts asked GPs to identify whether patients they refer are eligible for free NHS care

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 17 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6002
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Hospital managers who are responsible for charging overseas patients for NHS treatment asked some general practices to help them identify whether patients were eligible for free care, the BMA has said.1

The BMA’s General Practitioners Committee warned GPs in a newsletter that overseas visitor managers had written to some London practices and asked them to note on referral letters those patients who were regarded as “overseas visitors” because they had been a UK resident for less than six months.

Both the GPC and Londonwide Local Medical Committees have told GPs that this was not their responsibility, as set out …

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