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Proposals published for new Reciprocal Health Arrangement between Bailiwick of Guernsey and UK

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Tuesday 14 June 2022

The Policy & Resources Committee (P&R) has negotiated a proposed new Reciprocal Health Arrangement (RHA) with the UK's Department of Health & Social Care (UK DHSC). The new RHA would enable residents from each jurisdiction to access medically necessary healthcare free of charge whilst they are visiting the other jurisdiction, if that treatment cannot wait until the individual returns to their home jurisdiction.

Having consulted closely with the Committee for Health & Social Care (CfHSC), P&R intends to take the proposals to the States of Deliberation in July 2022.  The Policy Letter will ask the States to approve the principles for the RHA with the UK and to agree that P&R can finalise the text with UK DHSC, as long as the text fulfils those principles.

The proposed RHA is intended to be available Bailiwick-wide so that all Bailiwick residents can benefit from the RHA when visiting the UK.  It will also enable UK visitors to access healthcare required during a trip to the Bailiwick, whichever island they visit.  The States of Alderney and the Chief Pleas of Sark will be asked to consider the same Policy Letter in July, with appropriately tailored propositions for their islands.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Policy & Resources Committee:

"In late 2018, the UK Government indicated that it would be open to negotiating a new RHA with Guernsey.  The discussions were interrupted by work required in the lead up to the UK's exit from the European Union and by the Covid-19 pandemic which each had to take priority.  The Policy & Resources Committee is very glad to bring proposals for a new RHA back to the States for its consideration now.

"We know that a new RHA has been an area of interest in Guernsey for some years, both politically and within the community, due to the social and economic links between the Bailiwick and the UK.  The new RHA will bring great benefits to residents of both the Bailiwick and the UK, making travel easier in both directions for family, business and leisure purposes. 

"I would like to take the opportunity at this stage to thank all those who have been involved in the discussions over the years to investigate and progress a new RHA with the UK."

Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health, Department of Health & Social Care, UK Government:

"We are delighted to have agreed a proposed reciprocal healthcare arrangement with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which is likely to be finalised shortly and implemented in the coming months. 

"Residents across the UK and Guernsey stand to benefit as they'll be able to access emergency and necessary healthcare services when visiting either territory free of charge. 

"This is another demonstration of the strong and enduring relationship the UK has with Guernsey, and is the latest acknowledgment of the strength of the close cooperation across the British family."

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