NHS staff and care workers from overseas will no longer have to pay an extra charge towards the health service after mounting pressure from MPs.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the PM had asked the Home Office and Department for Health to exempt NHS and care workers “as soon as possible”.
The health immigration surcharge on non-EU migrants is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.
The move to grant the exemption came after the PM’s spokesman defended the fee earlier on Thursday.
Officials are now working on the detail and more will be announced “in the coming days”.
But it is understood the plan will include exemptions for all NHS workers, including porters and cleaners, as well as independent health workers and social care workers.
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