….as Foreigners rack up £150m debt for British National Health Service
A 43 years-old Nigerian woman who gave birth to quadruplets is one of many foreign patients who have racked up a bill of £150 million for National Health Service owed hospitals in London.
The said woman, identified as Priscilla a bill of more than £500,000 from a Nigerian mother who gave birth to quadruplets in 2016. Priscilla, who was 43 at the time, went into labour shortly after landing at Heathrow airport.
The revelation comes amid a new-found reluctance among frontline staff to chase payments, with doctors’ leaders saying their obligation to charge overseas patients is ‘racist’ and deters vulnerable groups from seeking help.
But Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘It is the National Health Service, not an international health service and it is essential these charges are made for overseas visitors.’
Although London hospitals have the highest debts, 23 NHS organisations across England are owed at least £1million from foreign patients.
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