Immigration and the NHS

Fact checks related to the impact a changing population has on the NHS

20 November 2019

Lib Dem claims about EU health workers and the NHS are generally true

It is true that tens of thousands of NHS staff are from other EU countries, and that other EU nursing numbers have noticeably dropped.

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Lib Dem claims about EU health workers and the NHS are generally true
21 November 2018

EU staff in the NHS: what has happened since the referendum?

EU nationals make up a similar percentage of the NHS workforce in England now as they did in 2016.

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EU staff in the NHS: what has happened since the referendum?
6 September 2018

How much does the UK recover in health costs from the EU?

A post circulating on Facebook makes claims about how much the UK pays out to other EU countries for health costs incurred by UK citizens abroad.

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How much does the UK recover in health costs from the EU?
19 January 2018

Where have all the (EU) nurses gone?

In the year to September 2017 the number of nurses from the EU leaving the NHS in England outweighed those joining it for the first time in at least five …

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Where have all the (EU) nurses gone?
22 September 2017

NHS staff from the EU: one year on from the referendum

9,800 staff reporting they were from the EU left NHS England between June 2016 and June 2017.

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NHS staff from the EU: one year on from the referendum
6 February 2017

How much can we charge people from overseas to use the NHS?

The government has an “ambition” to recover £500 million a year by 2017/18 from overseas patients not eligible for free NHS treatment. But it has estimated that it will actually …

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How much can we charge people from overseas to use the NHS?
3 February 2017

Health tourism savings won't plug the hole in NHS funding

Estimates show health tourism costs up to £300 million a year, but savings from this alone won't fill the gap in funding for the NHS.

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Health tourism savings won't plug the hole in NHS funding
21 December 2016

Health tourism: what's the cost?

The government has previously estimated that "health tourism" costs the NHS around 0.3% of NHS spending allocated to specific services.

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Health tourism: what's the cost?
23 June 2015

Foreign nurses: how many are to be "kicked out" due to visa rules?

The Independent and the Mirror have reported very different figures on the number of nurses who'll be affected by recent visa changes.

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Foreign nurses: how many are to be "kicked out" due to visa rules?
28 May 2014

Immigration and the NHS: how many staff are from the EU and Commonwealth?

The role of EU and Commonwealth nationals in the NHS was discussed on the Today programme this morning. We look into the number of NHS staff falling into each group.

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Immigration and the NHS: how many staff are from the EU and Commonwealth?

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