Hospital clamps down on health tourism by demanding patients prove they are "living lawfully" in Britain before handing out free NHS…

Hospital clamps down on health tourism by demanding patients prove they are 'living lawfully' in Britain before handing out free NHS treatment Staff working at Southend Hospital in Essex must ask patients if they have lived in the UK for the past year Strict new rules have been introduced after an increase in overseas visitors not eligible for free NHS care | UPDATED: 12:05 GMT, 28 May 2012 Patients must prove they are 'living lawfully' in Britain before receiving free treatment on the NHS at an Essex hospital.

Government plan to tackle hidden waiting lists scrapped just two months after fanfare launch

Government plan to tackle hidden waiting lists scrapped just two months after fanfare launch Currently no penalties for NHS Trusts who don't bother to treat patients once 18-week waiting list deadline breached A Government plan to tackle hidden NHS waiting lists has been delayed – just two months after being announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. Mr Lansley said in November that hospitals would face a clampdown from this year on the number of people languishing on waiting lists for treatment.