Back in March 2015 a group of MPs expressed concerns that patients in Wales living near the border with England face “a worrying lack of information” about the impact of policy differences on their healthcare with confusion about the growing differences since devolution.
The UK parliament has now published a response to the report from the Welsh Affairs Committee with regard to cross border health arrangements between England and Wales.
A number of key recommendations have been made including:
“Patients should be better informed of the differences in healthcare policy between England and Wales. Patients must also be made aware of the impact of choosing a Welsh or English GP and the implications that this might have for later care”.
“The Department of Health should investigate the problem of why some patients living in England, currently being treated in the Welsh healthcare system and wishing to be treated in the English healthcare system, have been turned away by GP practices in England. This should be considered in light of the legal rights of these residents under the Health and Social Care Act”.
“We recommend that NHS Wales and NHS England work together to improve patient engagement for cross-border service”.
Download a copy of the full report here