The Tory MP Sarah Wollaston criticised the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today saying his focus on so-called health tourism was a distraction from more serious issues.
Wollaston is also the chair of the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons.
She tweeted this morning:
Reality is that today's announcement just a distraction from the serious underlying problem of underfunding of health and social care
— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) February 6, 2017
Once NHS gets around to charging overseas visitors (they already have powers to do this) will politicians stop blaming ‘health tourism’.
Today’s charging rhetoric a bit of a ‘dead cat’ story. Real story should be let’s get on & fund health and social care properly.
Her criticism of Hunt comes after his focus today on dealing with health-tourism.
The Department of Health will announce new rules today under which patients will be charged in advance for non-emergency treatment if they fail to provide proof of eligibility.
But amounts involved are a drop in the ocean for the NHS Budget.
Dealing with health tourism won’t solve Hunt’s crisis in the NHS because it comes from huge funding cuts