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19:35  14 august  2019
19:35  14 august  2019 Source:   businessinsider.my

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EU citizens living in Britain will have to prove their right to free NHS care under a no - deal Brexit as part In a directive to the NHS the Department of Health said that trusts needed to prepare to charge EU citizens who had previously been eligible for free treatment “immediately after exit day”, which is

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NHS prepares to charge EU citizens for treatment after a no-deal Brexit © Provided by Business Insider Inc Boris Johnson
  • EU citizens in the UK will reportedly have to produce documentation to prove their right to access free healthcare under the NHS after a no-deal Brexit.
  • The Department of Health indicated that hospital trusts should be prepared to charge some EU citizens who are currently eligible for free treatment "immediately after exit day."
  • Official government guidance says that EU citizens will not be eligible for free healthcare if they move to or visit the UK after a no-deal Brexit.
  • EU citizens currently living in the UK are eligible for free healthcare but only one in three are registered under the new "settled status" scheme.
  • That means many will not have documentation to allow them free care.

EU citizens living in the UK will be forced to prove their right to free healthcare under the NHS after a no-deal Brexit, according to a report, in a move which campaigners have called "discriminatory and outrageous."

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EU nationals in the UK and Britons in Europe have been given reassurances – but campaigners say rights will disappear and questions remain unanswered. Several European countries have moved to shore up the rights of British residents in the event of a “ no - deal ” Brexit . It follows an appeal by the

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In a document provided to the NHS, the Department of Health indicated that hospital trusts should be prepared to charge EU citizens - who are currently eligible for free treatment - "immediately after exit day," the Times reported.

The report led to concerns that EU citizens living in the UK would not easily be able to prove their right to free care.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said the checks would not be more stringent than ones currently in place, and indicated that checks such as a simple proof of address to prove residency would be sufficient.

"We can completely reassure EU citizens currently living in the UK before or on 31 October that they will still be able to access free healthcare on the NHS after we leave the EU on 31 October, whatever the circumstances.

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"How they prove their eligibility for NHS treatment will not change, regardless of whether they have applied to the EU settlement scheme," the spokesperson said.

NHS prepares to charge EU citizens for treatment after a no-deal Brexit © PA Images An NHS sign at St Thomas' Hospital, with Big Ben in the background, in Westminster, central London (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on October 31, and Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit with or without a deal, despite warnings from campaign groups that a no-deal outcome would leave EU citizens without proper legal status and struggling to access basic services such as healthcare.

The government earlier this year passed legislation which allowed ministers to strike reciprocal deals with other EU countries that would allow citizens to be treated free of charge.

But few agreements have been reached because agreements need to be struck between individual members states.

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But after a no - deal Brexit , new rules will apply. UK businesses will need to apply the same processes to EU trade that apply when trading with the rest of the The amounts EU mobile operators would be able to charge UK operators for providing roaming services would no longer be regulated after Brexit .

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That means, according to official government guidance, that EU citizens will not be eligible for free healthcare if they move to or visit the UK.

EU citizens currently living in the UK are eligible for free healthcare but will need to provide documentation to do so, something the document leaked to the Times reinforces.

In advice to NHS trusts, it says that "operational practices" to ensure that "charging regulations" are enforced will need to be in place immediately after Brexit, meaning that they will need to implement eligibility checks for EU citizens.

NHS prepares to charge EU citizens for treatment after a no-deal Brexit © PA Wire/PA Images EU citizens in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster, London where they are lobbying MPs to guarantee post-Brexit rights. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

An estimated one in three citizens have registered for the "settled status" scheme which provides EU citizens with a legal right to remain in the country, meaning many do not necessarily have documentation which proves their right to remain in the country.

The document says: "The changes to the charging regulations will come into force immediately after exit day if there is a no-deal Brexit. You should make sure that any changes to your operational practices are implemented from that point forward. You should work closely with your organisation's senior responsible officer for Brexit preparation and their teams, to make sure that you are operationally ready to implement the new charging regulations after exit day."

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Maike Bohn, co-founder of the3million, a group which campaigns for the rights of EU citizens, said in a statement: "Such a move is discriminatory and outrageous."

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No deal would have a huge impact on Britons in other EU countries. But the EU cannot give such a guarantee for UK citizens because it would be up to individual member states. Britons could find their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - a passport to emergency medical treatment - is no

The Independent understands that while EU citizens could be given preferable treatment as part of Merkel on EU UK Relations after brexit . Officials say this would remove the need for regulatory and customs EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier claims on August 29 2018 that they are prepared to offer Britain a In the same sitting, MPs also voted against a no - deal Brexit in a non-legally binding motion.

"The new guidance is creating a hostile environment for millions of EU nationals who have the right to free healthcare in the UK but won't be able to prove it. This outrageous decision spells chaos as the two groups of EU citizens will be indistinguishable to the NHS and we are running the risk of people being denied vital treatment they are fully entitled to."

The Department for Health has been contacted for comment.

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