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Saturday, April 25, latest;

Speaking at the daily Government briefing, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Government is reviewing visa surcharges for healthcare workers who have come to the UK and are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area are required to pay the fee in order to be able to use the NHS, and Patel confirmed at the briefing that the immigration healthcare surcharge was one of several measures being looked at by the Government, saying the the charge for doctors and nurses who are now working during the Covid-19 crisis was “under review”.

Patel also said it has been an ‘immensely challenging time’ for parents juggling between childcare and having to work from home, and praised schools that have remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. She did, however, reiterate that the five tests outlined previously will have to be met before schools will be reopened to all, with no date yet given.

“This extraordinary national effort has been quite remarkable and I am grateful to everybody for playing their part, but we should not lose sight of the fact this country’s efforts are working.

“So my thanks go to the British people.

“You have fostered a spirit of national unity that is helping us to get through this challenging time,” said the Home Secretary.

 

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