Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants wrongly denied NHS healthcare

Exclusive: Cancer sufferers requiring urgent medical care erroneously turned away by NHS overseas departments amid crackdown on overseas patients accessing free healthcare

Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants have been wrongly denied NHS health-care, in some cases being refused treatment despite suffering from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease, doctors have warned.

Undocumented migrants with urgent care needs have been refused treatment by hospitals, despite NHS guidelines that state no one should be refused urgent or immediately necessary treatment because they cannot pay, The Independent has learned. A large number of migrants have also been wrongly turned away from registering at GP surgeries on the grounds that they did not provide identification documents.

In other cases, The Independent has seen emails showing asylum seekers who have the right to free healthcare have been wrongly charged for hospital treatment, sometimes up to thousands of pounds each.

MORE:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/asylum-seekers-migrants-wrongly-denied-nhs-healthcare-cancer-doctors-phil-murwill-a7672686.html

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