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    NHS hospital patients may have to show ID to access treatment /Link

    Department of Health rules aimed at cutting cost of foreign nationals using health service may mean patients are asked for passports and other documents

    New rules intended to cut the cost to the NHS of foreign nationals travelling to Britain to use the service mean patients could be asked to show their passport to prove they are UK residents before accessing treatment.

    Guidance from the Department of Health (DoH) tells NHS trusts that “where there is uncertainty” about patients’ entitlement to free care they must ask to see credentials including passports, driving licences, bills and bank statements.

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    (@)Damien Gayle

    Published on 13 Apr 2015 at 10:02AM

    A nurse at St Thomas’s hospital in central London.

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