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NHS: Finance

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings which have accrued to the NHS arising from the introduction of NHS charging for those refused asylum in the UK in each year since 2004. (291808)

Although total income received from chargeable overseas patients is recorded, national health service trusts do not routinely record the immigration status of patients that are treated either free or on a chargeable basis. Hence, no estimate is available of the savings accrued to the NHS from charging those refused asylum in the United Kingdom.