Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, has promised to put in place tough rules to tackle health tourism, following consultations by the Department of Health and The UK Border Agency.

The new measures will mean that migrants owing the NHS £1,000 or more will not be allowed to come to the UK or stay here until the debt has been repaid. The NHS will provide the UKBA with information on debtors on a regular basis to enable the agency to identify those individuals that owe money when they make their application to return or remain in the UK.

Damian Green stated that 'the NHS is a national health service not an international one. If someone does not pay for their treatment, we will not let them back in the country'.

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