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Prime Minister Pressured To Scrap The Immigration Health Surcharge During PMQ Session

Yesterday’s PMQ session peaked a lot of interest with regards to the current health care system and immigration policies that most conservative party representatives are opposed to. This then pressured Prime Minister Boris Johnson to again defend his position and to further explain his decisions to not discard the surcharge for non-EU health workers.

Yesterday’s PMQ session peaked a lot of interest with regards to the current health care system and immigration policies that most conservative party representatives are opposed to. This then pressured Prime Minister Boris Johnson to again defend his position and to further explain his decisions to not discard the surcharge for non-EU health workers.

Oppositional Leader Keir Starmer spoke about the immigration health surcharge policy being an unfair duty paid by international health professionals who are in need of medical assistance. The fee is about £400 per year and is expected to increase this October.

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“We must look at the realities this is a great national service, it’s a national institution it needs funding and those contributions actually help us raise about £900 million” said the Prime Minister in defense of the surcharge.

Mr Johnson iterated the difficulty that the health industry would experience if the fee were to be scrapped stating the current circumstances make it “hard to find alternative sources”.

Mr Starmer however, stood by his stance and continued to emphasize that the exploitation this fee has on medical professionals is unfair and highlighted the number of hours one health care professional will need to work in order to pay for it.

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“The fee in question, the immigration health surcharge is currently £400 a year, from October that goes up to £624 a year, for a care-worker on a national living wage that would require working 70 hours to pay off the fee” said Mr Starmer.

Despite being pressured to do away with the fee and reconfigure particular policies pertaining to immigration and health sectors, the Prime Minister continues to insist on it being a necessity especially during times like these.

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