Health Services: EU Nationals

(asked on 2nd March 2020) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence EU citizens will be required to provide of settled status in order to receive NHS treatment after the transition period.


Answered by
Edward Argar Portrait
Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
This question was answered on 5th March 2020

European Economic Area and Swiss citizens do not require Home Office confirmation of settled or pre-settled status to access National Health Service care. Settled or pre-settled status is an immigration status related to the European Union Settlement Scheme. This scheme is about securing an individual’s rights under the Withdrawal Agreement to reside in the United Kingdom beyond 31 December 2020.

Access to free NHS secondary care is unrelated to the EU Settlement Scheme and is entirely based on being ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK. Being ordinarily resident means, broadly, living in the UK on a lawful and properly settled basis for the time being, with non-EEA nationals who are subject to immigration control also required to have an immigration status of ‘indefinite leave to remain’. From 2021, the new global immigration system will apply the same requirements to migrants from the EEA and Switzerland.

Where a patient’s ordinarily resident status is not known, it will be for the NHS organisation that provides the treatment to assess this, based on the evidence of lawful, settled residence the patient provides.

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