Boris Johnson has refused to scrap the immigration health surcharge for NHS workers, in response to a question from Keir Starmer at PMQs.
The Labour leader called on Johnson to reconsider whether foreign health workers should be charged for using the NHS.
Indeed, currently, the majority of foreign workers are charged £400 – on top of their taxes – to use NHS facilities.
That means the foreign doctors and nurses who are currently saving lives in NHS hospitals are also forced to pay a large, additional lump sum to access these same facilities.
“I do understand and I do accept the difficulties faced by our amazing NHS staff, and like him I’ve been the personal beneficiary of carers who’ve come from abroad and frankly saved my life,” the Prime Minister said to Starmer.
“On the other hand, we must look at the realities. This is a great national service, it’s a national institution, it needs funding, and those contributions actually help us to raise about £900 million, and it’s very difficult in the current circumstances to find alternative sources.”
Once again, the UK is letting down the very people who help to prop up our nation.