Guernsey

Channel Islands continue healthcare talks with the UK

Talks are continuing into reinstating the free emergency healthcare agreement between the Channel Islands and the UK.

Guernsey and Jersey are working together in their attempts to negotiate a deal after it was ended by the UK in April 2009.

Before then UK visitors to the islands could get some free emergency care as could islanders travelling to the UK.

Jersey's health authorities said the aim was to get plans for an agreement considered by the end of the year.

The agreement, originally introduced in 1976, was ended by the UK because it was found that it was not offering value for money for the British taxpayer.

Earlier this year a UK government report concluded the way the deal ended and the lack of consultation was not fair to the islands.

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