HC Deb 30 January 1956 vol 548 cc76-7W
86. Sir G. Lloyd

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the growing uneasiness in the medical profession about the free use of the medical and surgical facilities of the National Health Service by foreign visitors; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

As my hon. and gallant Friend will be aware, visitors from abroad who fall ill while they are here may use the Service; but aliens who come here specially for treatment must provide satisfactory evidence, on entering this country, that they will obtain it as private patients and will pay the full cost. As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, this is a problem that presents difficulties, but I am not aware of any widespread abuse.