The Daily Mail appear to be avid readers of The Spectator but we’re pleased that they now follow our weekly podcast, the View from 22, just as closely. It yesterday ran a story based on the comments of one of our podcast guests, Professor J Meirion Thomas, saying that £200 NHS levy on foreigners ‘will attract more health tourists’: Top cancer surgeon claims move would be a ‘disaster’.
What the Mail had to say about Thomas’ take on Jeremy Hunt’s efforts to tackle health tourism is powerful stuff:
‘Professor Thomas, a cancer specialist, was one of the first whistleblowers to expose the financial impact of non-British residents seeking free healthcare on the NHS.
‘He said: ‘It [the levy] is the worst thing they could do. The biggest disaster that can happen to the solution of health tourism would be to accept this £200 levy for migrants wanting to come to this country and for students.’
A reader may wonder: where did these quotes come from? The sky? The newspaper, it seems, could not quite bring itself to mention the source — his interview with this magazine:
The surgeon will be returning to the pages The Spectator soon to explain in more detail how the government’s proposals to tackle health tourism are flawed and some proposed solutions for actually making a difference. So read it next Friday in the Spectator (or next Saturday’s Daily Mail)Tags: Daily Mail, health tourism, NHS