The UK Home Office decided to double the immigration health
surcharge, a charge that migrants have to pay to access healthcare, to £400 a
year. The Home Office said that the sum will bring much-needed funds for the
National Health Service (NHS). Those who have to pay for it include people who
have been living in the UK since childhood. They say that the surcharge could
contribute to a new Windrush scandal, a name given to last year’s political
scandal where several long-term UK residents were wrongly deported, and lead
people unable to pay to lose their status and become illegal immigrants.