'Couple couldn't take baby's body home'
Growing opposition to policy of charging overseas NHS patients upfront for care in England.
This is grotesque. Grieving parents, a dead baby. And an NHS hospital detaining the corpse - yes, refusing to release it - because the couple, from Europe, forgot their EHIC card, and cannot pay a £10k charge. The govt’s hostile environment is barbaric 😔
Labour & the Royal College of Midwives have called for the NHS charging regime to be suspended & its harms investigated In one case doctors say a couple whose baby died were not given the body as they were unable to pay a £10k bill. New for
NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home' Time to suspend fees regime. Too many people are suffering
“Upfront charging is immoral. We need to look at how people are suffering” Labour MP
says charging overseas patients upfront for NHS care must be “at the very least” suspended
BBC News (UK)
NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home'
Dr Philip Lee
Of course there is a duty to recover money for NHS services, but holding a stillborn baby's corpse hostage? What on earth have we become?
A couple whose baby died after an emergency Caesarean weren't given the body by the NHS because they were unable to pay £10,000 in medical fees << staggering investigation by
“The way it’s being done is discriminatory” One man whose job was to bill overseas patients for NHS care says those with “foreign-sounding” names were being targeted
Royal College of Physicians
We're deeply saddened by today's news of the couple who were unable to take their baby's body home due to medical fees. As mentioned in
, we're urging ministers to suspend the system of charging overseas patients for NHS care in England
For this report into NHS charging I met 'Andrew’ who used to work on the overseas medical team at a London hospital - billing people for care. He says under-resourcing meant they used racial profiling to decide who may be appropriate for charging.
Exclusive: a couple whose baby died following an emergency Caesarean were not given the body because they were unable to pay £10,000 in medical fees. 10am
Is the 'hostile environment' hostile enough for you now? A family unable to take their baby's body home from hospital. Because £10,000 in NHS fees to pay.
Are you kidding me. Is the NHS now in the business of detaining corpses for families who can’t pay their bills.
It starts by a prime minister saying we are a national not an international health service and ends with this grotesque story NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home' - BBC News
BBC News - NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home'
The burning injustice of migrant charging goes on. BBC News - NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home'
Upfront charging for NHS services is blatant violation of the UK’s so-called commitment to #UHC
“It’s not for the most part overseas visitors caught by these charging regulations, it’s long-term residents, people like the Windrush generation” - former A&E nurse James Skinner from
is campaigning against NHS charging.