Passport checks for pregnant NHS patients

Passport checks for pregnant NHS patients

In a bid to crack down on health tourism, an NHS hospital is considering asking pregnant patients to prove they are eligible for free treatment by showing ID, such as a valid passport.
St George's, London, says the checks would only be for non-urgent patients - emergency cases would get automatic care.
It says such a move is in line with what guidelines recommend.
But critics say the checks could be potentially dangerous.
St George's says it has a duty to use resources wisely, as well as provide care and treatment to patients requiring the hospital's services.
The Trust's board papers from... read more

11 October 2016 in Health, Views: 45
Source: BBC

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