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Doctors are faced with a dilemma over eligibility because they are obliged to provide immediate medical care regardless of a patient's nationality or whether they can pay.
Experts say our hospitals are being targeted, in particular by wealthy Nigerian mothers-to-be.
We need the Health Service to implement a system whereby the person going in for treatment has a right to have it or has the means to pay.'It is not the first time a Nigerian woman has racked up a huge bill on NHS maternity wards.
In 2011 Bimbo Ayelabola, 38, cost the NHS £145,000 after giving birth to five babies.
Patients don't arrive at specialist hospitals with serious illnesses by chance.It is likely there are facilitators and accomplices who enable this fraud.They may be friends or relatives or even health professionals.'Tory MP Peter Bone said: 'This has been a longstanding problem and it costs millions a year.The responses from 90 hospitals revealed that 13,077 overseas patients were treated in the UK in 2015-16, including 3,066 mothers who flew in to have their babies.These women were responsible for some of the highest debts and a significant number are understood to have come from Nigeria.
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