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“Health tourism: the TRUE cost”: “Foreigners using NHS cost Britain up to £2 BILLION a year, government reveals – 100 times more than previously claimed” declares a Daily Mail headline. Yet the reality is very different, and there is little evidence that many people visit the UK for the purpose of getting free medical treatment.
The now highly politicised immigration system in the UK and remorseless attempts by the UKBA to deny people entry or to deport them on any possible grounds produce daily injustices.
Today (Saturday 17 August) two events of great significance for the future of Scotland as a welcoming society coincide, both in Edinburgh.
'Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective' is the title of a consultation to be held on 31 August 2013 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM in Berne, Switzerland, under the auspices of the World Council of Churches.
Tighter restrictions on free National Health Service care, supposedly aimed at ‘health tourists’, would hit many UK taxpayers who are foreign. The proposed changes might also open the door to making citizens pay at a later date, and could cause grave social and economic harm.