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.