The root cause of all of this messing about is the fact that remain anchored in the EU.
Britons could have to carry an ‘entitlement card’ to access free NHS care as part of a crackdown on health tourists, it emerged yesterday.
David Cameron is considering plans to restrict free healthcare for immigrants to those who have lived here for more than a year, amid fears the cash-strapped NHS has become the ‘Global Health Service’. Reforms under discussion could mean immigrants having to wait six months or even a year before being granted habitual residency and therefore hospital care. But MPs say the scheme can only work if those entitled to free care can prove it. This would involve them presenting a card at the point of treatment.
Wonder if the card frauds see an angle here?
However, the idea could spark civil liberty concerns akin to the opposition to Labour’s plans to impose an identity card. And any plans to change the habitual residency test could be controversial. The European Commission is already unhappy that the UK has imposed such a test to prevent immigrants gaining access to all benefits and would be likely to oppose a plan to extend the test to entitlement to NHS care.