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EU border plans will seriously burden NHS say managers

European commission proposals on cross border healthcare threaten to be a serious cost and bureaucratic burden on the UK, warns the NHS Confederation.

Patients across the EU will be allowed to opt for healthcare in any member state under the plans. The European commission says EU citizens should be entitled to healthcare anywhere in the union if the treatment is allowed in their own country.

But Elisabetta Zanon, director of the confederation's European Office said: ‘We welcome the aim of the proposals but have concerns over their impact on PCTs' budgets.

'As patients can already go abroad to receive healthcare it is crucial to be absolutely clear where responsibility for patient safety lies and how costs of treatment will be met.'

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