Boris Johnson backtracks on NHS surcharge for health and care workers

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The UK Government has made a U-turn over its controversial decision to deny foreign care workers an exemption from the NHS surcharge last week.

The £400 NHS surcharge currently applies to all non-UK citizens who use the NHS, and will rise to £624 in October.

During the Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday, May 20, Boris Johnson rejected Labour leader Keir Starmer’s suggestion that health and social care workers should be exempt from the bill.

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The Prime Minister pointed out that the charge raises an important £900 million annually for the already underfunded NHS.

Now, however, after significant backlash, the government has backtracked on this position.

Tory MP William Wragg, who protested the initial decision last week, commented: “I’m very grateful to Boris Johnson who has shown true leadership, listened and reflected.”

Read more about last week’s initial decision to deny care workers an exemption:

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