Protesters stage London demo against plans for patient ID checks

Critics fear checks will destroy relationship NHS staff have with patients and create climate of fear that stops people accessing care

Protesters gathered at St Thomas’ hospital in central London on Saturday to voice opposition to the introduction of ID checks at hospitals and up-front charges for patients not eligible for NHS care.

People from overseas are already liable for the cost of treatment, but new rules will require hospitals, community interest companies and charities receiving NHS funds to identify such patients before treatment in order to bill them.

#PatientsNotPassports protesters gather in front of the Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas Hospital pic.twitter.com/WE70AaTWUq

#patientsnotpassports NHS worker tells her opposition pic.twitter.com/eKC4oj3HCH

The story of a mother wrongly charged £5k for her son’s meningitis treatment #patientsnotpassports pic.twitter.com/DfpWei64Pk

Why do we need the #patientsnotpassports demo? Organisers explain pic.twitter.com/r4FxkoTyFS

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