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Students lead NHS tourism surge, say GPs

GPs have joined the chorus of complaint about increasing numbers of so-called NHS tourists coming to the UK for free health care.

Inner-city GPs in particular have reported growing numbers of patients from overseas visiting their surgeries to demand free national health service treatment for complaints they have already consulted a doctor about in their home country.

Dr Charles Simenoff, a

GP in Manchester, said he

had seen a trend for foreign students to choose universities near the most appropriate

clinics for their conditions,

such as fertility specialists.

'I could not figure out why all these students were coming over here,' he said. 'These people are not asylum seekers but are coming over here on a commercial basis.'

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