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Creaking NHS struggling over foreigner’s unpaid bills

Foreign patients have left the NHS with an unpaid bill of almost £30 million in just one year.

Overseas patients not entitled to free treatment owed £29,530,378 in 2015/16, according to figures obtained via a freedom of information request. Of 104 NHS trusts surveyed, 92 supplied data that showed outstanding debt was accumulating year-on-year, thanks to unpaid bills from foreign patients.

The Barts Health NHS Trust in London is owed £10,340,322 from the last four years, while Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, also in London, is £5,509,733 short, over the same period.

Eight hospital trusts in London are owed more than £3 million this year and a further twenty one across England, including Liverpool, Birmingham, Oxford and Sheffield are owed at least £100,000 this year.

The total amount owing to the NHS could easily add up to hundreds of millions of pound spent on foreign patients, which does not include EU nationals, who are entitled to free healthcare, at present.

You can see how the National Health Service is now regarded as the International Health Service, thanks to open borders and bureaucratic negligence.

A spokeswoman for the Patients Association said: “The money owed to London trusts alone is jaw-dropping.”