English hospital bills Welshman £1,775 – he’s a foreigner!!

Tony Brooks for the Daily Express reports that a Welsh resident claims he was treated like a health tourist by English hospital bosses who branded him a “foreigner” and billed him £1,775.

Nicholas White fell ill while visiting relatives in Cambridgeshire before Christmas and spent three days in a local hospital undergoing tests.

When he went back to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon for a follow-up procedure a few weeks later he was stunned to be told that he was expected to pay.

On returning to Barmouth, North Wales, the retired teacher received a bill from  Hinchingbrooke NHS Trust demanding immediate payment – followed by another claiming it was overdue.

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English-born Mr White, 64, who has lived in Wales for 15 years, had been advised by his GP tro return to Hinchingbrooke because he would have to wait six months to be treated locally.

He said: “Moments before I was due to have the procedure I was ushered into a side-room by an administrator and told I would have to pay for the examination and the previous three-day stay because I was ‘technically a foreigner’.

“I was lost for words when it was explained. Then last week I had a reminder warning me my balance was overdue.

“It was completely unacceptable – I was made too feel as if I was a health tourist scrounger. I felt I was being hounded for payment.”

The hospital has since admitted making an error but Mr White added: “I found the whole episode upsetting and the charges unsettling. I recently retired and do not have access to that sort of money.”

A Hinchingbrooke spokesman said: “It would appear the invoice was sent to the wrong place due to an administrative error and we were a bit confused about who had to pay. We are sorry for that.”

A spokesman for the Betsi Cadwalaldr University Health Board said: “It is usual practice for NHS bodies to bill the health board directly when Welsh residents receive NHS care in other parts of the United Kingdom.

The invoice should have been sent straight to the health board and we would have paid it without ever involving the patient.

“On Friday 9th January, Circle announced that they were regretfully withdrawing from their current contract to manage Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust. Circle had taken operational control, but had given up its contract, citing “unprecedented” increases in A&E attendances and funding cuts. “

“Our hospitals are failing under NHS or private control.”

Princess Beatrice – Is She A “Benefit Scrounger”?

Princess Beatrice was blasted last night over claims she sponges a life of luxury off the taxpayer.

Princes Andrew and Fergie’s jet-setting daughter has been out of work since quitting her £20,000-a -year job in December.

Princess Beartice, Sarah Ferguson and Prince AndrewBut she still has a roof over her head  at the family’s 30-room Royal Lodge in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is under constant guard.

Beatrice, 26, keeps a four-bedroom apartment in secure St Jame’s Palace. which Andrew – who has to rely on the Queen for an income – rents for a cut-price £20,000 a year.

The pad was refurbished with £250,000 of public money before Beatrice moved in as a student in 2008.

And since leaving her job at Sony Entertainment Pictures the Princess and boyfriend Dave Clark have enjoyed three luxury breaks abroad.

They kicked off in 2015 with a sunshine break in St~Barts after a trip to the £13million Swiss ski chalet bought by Andrew – himself dubbed Airmiles Andy due to his globetrotting habits – and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

After just a fortnight back inn the UK, Bea and her 32-year-old beau  went back to the exclusive Caribbean Island for a second dose of winter sun last week.

The royal was being compared to the Gallagher family from Channel 4’s Shameless and and benefits blogger Peter “Wadfather” Rolfe.

Graham Smith, head of campaign group Republic, blasted last night: “Beatrice is a royal scrounger. She has the HRH title and is living off the taxpayer by using subsidised housing. But she’s not putting the hours in so she shouldn’t be getting any money of the state.”

He added: “she either ought to pull her finger out or quit. Maybe it’s time she gave up her HRH and abandoned her subsidised apartments in the Palace.

“If she became a private individual and doesn’t need to work then that’s entirely up to her.”

Beatrice quit her job as a coordinating producer at the London office of Sony Entertainment Pictures weeks after hackers revealed details of her £19,500 salary. She was among thousands of staff who were targeted by a group thought to be linked to the North Korean government. The Princess,  who only joined Sony in January last year, still enjoyed plenty of breaks during her time with the media giant.

She took two more trips to St Barts and had holidays in Spain, France, New York and Memphis.

Boyfriend Dave is believed to earn a six-figure salary and Buckingham Palace insisted her travel was “entirely privately funded”.

She took leave in November to join her dad at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and raised eyebrows in June after hitching a lift with the Royal Navy to the Isle of White.

The Duke of York, 54 – who has been accused in the Virginia Roberts “sex-slave” scandal – was furious when Beatrice and her sister Eugenie, 24, were stripped of their taxpayer-funded 24-hour protection in 2012.

IT followed a review by Scotland Yard into the £50million bill to keep the Royal Family safe.

They now get police protection only on official royal engagements, while her father pays for the rest. Both Princesses are keen charity supporters and have carried out visits for the Queen. The Duke of York’s official website states: “Princess Beatrice works full time in business.”

A spokesman for 55-year-old Fergie also defended her daughter last night, saying: “Her key focus is her work.”

He added: “She will continue to be in business and balance that with her royal duties.”

“I’ll leave you with your own thoughts on this one! “

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