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Should migrant workers be charged for NHS care?

Nursing Standard readers answer this week's question on migrant workers and NHS entitlement
Migrant workers

We ask our readers their opinion on topical issues. This week's question: Should migrant workers be charged for NHS care?

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The clue is in the title here – workers. Those working and paying tax contribute towards the NHS and should be able to use it. I take umbrage with those who abuse the NHS – ‘health tourism’ as it’s known. Someone living and working here is not on holiday looking for free health care – they are doing a job and they pay tax. To do that job and continue to pay tax they need to stay healthy, so may need to access the NHS occasionally.

Rachel Kent, mental health nurse, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London

By providing free health care for all, the NHS is an almost entirely unique set-up. Including a few more people in it may seem like


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