UK Immigration and money owed for healthcare services

It is likely that in future visitors and immigrants in the UK will be refused permission to enter or stay in the UK if they owe money to the National Health Service (NHS) above a certain amount. This is to prevent migrants from using and then not paying for NHS healthcare services.

UK Immigration Minister Phil Woolas announced a UK Border Agency (UKBA) public consultation ending on 28 May 2010 to try and deal with this issue. The immigration rules already prevent visitors from accessing NHS services without permission while in the UK.