On 10th July, Kate appeared on Victoria Derbyshire talking about the Royal College of Midwives’ suggestion that charges for overseas patients needing maternity care in England should be suspended.
Their comments follow the tragic and appalling story of a French couple whose baby died following an emergency Caesarean, but they were not given the body as they were unable to pay £10,000 in medical fees.
Since 2017, the NHS has had a duty to check the eligibility of patients and charge them before non-urgent treatment, or, in the case of maternity care, afterwards. Kate agrees with the Royal College of Midwives and others such as the British Medical Association that this practice should be stopped, and a full review of the cost effectiveness and fairness of these charges should be carried out.
You can read the story in full here.