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New healthcare charging rules brought in today are unworkable and put health of vulnerable people at serious risk, say charities and health professionals:Government regulations introduced today that require certain people to pay up-front for healthcare will exclude vulnerable people from accessing health services, increase patient waiting times and will lead to additional costs for the NHS, according to health professionals and charities led by Doctors of the World, Asylum Matters, the National AIDS Trust and Freedom from Torture.

New charges for community healthcare, including community mental health, health visiting, community midwifery, and school nurses, are being introduced alongside up-front charging requirements, which means patients will have to prove they are entitled to free healthcare before being able to access it. Those who are not entitled will be required to pay up-front before being treated.

Primary care remains exempt, as does accident and emergency or ‘immediately necessary’ care. Patients who are not eligible for free care include short-term visitors, undocumented migrants, and some asylum seekers whose claims have been refused…

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New healthcare charging rules brought in today are unworkable and put health of vulnerable people at serious risk, say charities and health professionals:Government regulations introduced today that require certain people to pay up-front for healthcare will exclude vulnerable people from accessing health services, increase patient waiting times and will lead to additional costs for the NHS, according to health professionals and charities led by Doctors of the World, Asylum Matters, the National AIDS Trust and Freedom from Torture.New charges for community healthcare, including community mental health, health visiting, community midwifery, and school nurses, are being introduced alongside up-front charging requirements, which means patients will have to prove they are  Those who are not entitled will be required to pay up-front before being treated.Primary care remains exempt, as does accident and