Wednesday 20 May 2020 / 12:17 PM Keir Starmer / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Labour urge Government to drop NHS fee for overseas carers

Keir Starmer has today called on the Prime Minister to scrap the NHS surcharge for overseas health professionals and care workers.

The Health Immigration Surcharge is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.

A care worker being paid the National Living Wage would need to work around 70 hours to pay off that fee.

Labour has announced today that it will seek to table an amendment to the Immigration Bill to exempt NHS staff and care professionals from this charge.

 

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour Leader Keir Starmer said:

“Every Thursday we go out and clap for our carers. Many of them are risking their lives for the sake of all of us.

“Does the Prime Minister think it’s right that care workers coming from abroad and working on our frontline should have to pay a surcharge of hundreds – sometimes thousands of pounds – to use the NHS themselves?”

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“This amendment is about making a bad Bill better. Overseas professionals have been at the frontline of this crisis and cared for our loved ones, as if they were their own. It is an insult and injustice to have this charge in place for them. That is why I would urge Tory MPs to back this amendment.”