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Migrants: Health Services

Question for Home Office

UIN HL2738, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to exempting NHS workers from the immigration health surcharge.

Answered on

1 April 2020

The Government fully recognises the role overseas Doctor’s Nurses and Allied Health Professional play in our NHS, hence we are working to introduce an NHS visa for qualified health professionals who will be offered fast track entry, reduced visa fees and dedicated support to come to the UK with their families.

Yet it is right all who come to work in the UK contribute towards the cost of providing the NHS services they will have access to from their arrival as do providers of other essential public services such as teachers and care-workers. Those who show a long-term commitment to our country become exempt from the immigration health surcharge when they secure Indefinite Leave to Remain.

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