Reforming access to healthcare for foreign nationals

10 July 2013 - House of Commons

A new Immigration Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech on 8th May 2013, will regulate the ability of migrants to access the National Health Service, ‘ensuring that temporary migrants make a contribution’. The Secretary of State for Health reported to parliament in March that a number of possible measures were under consideration, including extending charging to some visitors and temporary residents, ending free access to primary care for all visitors and tourists, and introducing a prepayment or insurance requirement for temporary visitors to pay for NHS care in the UK. 

This meeting brought together parliamentarians, healthcare professionals and analysts to review the economic and social implications of the Government’s proposals, and to debate their potential inclusion in a new Immigration Bill.


  • Chris Skidmore MP - Conservative
  • Baroness Jolly - Liberal Democrats
  • Kevin Barron MP - Labour
  • David Pennington - Department of Health
  • Dr Richard Vautrey - British Medical Association
  • Frank Vanbiervliet - Doctors of the World


  • Jack Dromey MP

Also in attendance

  • Lord Beecham
  • Grahame Morris MP
  • The Rt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell MP