Migrants already have significantly less entitlement to use the NHS than the general population. Their current situation is an injustice, and they are suffering the constant threat of further restriction. Prime minister David Cameron has accused some foreign nationals of taking advantage of public services including the NHS and has said the government is looking for ways to make them pay for access.
As the situation stands, on primary care settings, applications to be put onto patient lists are accepted at the discretion of the practice. Anyone can approach a practice, but the practice is able to decline registration and therefore treatment, providing the grounds for declining the applicant are reasonable – not living within the catchment area, for example.