DAUK in the Guardian: Migrant healthcare staff still paying NHS fee despite Johnson U-turn

Foreign NHS workers and carers are still being charged for using the health service, despite the prime minister’s pledge to scrap these fees “as soon as possible”.

On 21 May, in a remarkable U-turn Boris Johnson said that the £400 annual fee paid by non-EU migrants to use the NHS – on top of other mounting visa costs – should be removed for health and care workers.

But a poll conducted by Doctors Association UK exclusively shared with the Guardian showed 158 NHS workers reported having to continue to pay for immigration health surcharge, while just eight reporting said they did not.

The doctors’ group said “the utter failure to follow through on this promise is an insult to our colleagues who have served this country during our time of need”.

Dr Dolin Bhagawati, a spokesperson for the Doctors’ Association UK, said: “These workers are paying up to four times over for the NHS – through their service, taxes, this surcharge and in some tragic cases with their lives. It is not too much to ask that this government does the honourable thing: stop this extortion and scrap this charge as soon as possible for NHS and care workers as well as for their dependants.”