Free NHS treatment is to be given to thousands of failed asylum seekers in Britain, it has been revealed.
Immigrants who fail to gain refugee status are not currently entitled to free care, but ministers are set to extend the benefits to those who cannot leave the country ‘through no fault of their own’.
Human rights laws prevent some asylum seekers being returned home if they could face persecution in their home country. These people will be entitled to free health care along with those who are being given government support and who have children.
The Government is also looking at the possibility of implementing health insurance requirements for foreign visitors, according to health minister Ann Keen, who added that the changes would be published in a consultation document later this year.
She said the changes will help make the NHS fairer and maintain the confidence of the public.
‘We remain firmly committed to the requirement that immediately necessary or other urgent treatment should never be denied or delayed from those that require it,’ she added.