MP reveals UK coughed up £647 million for European health costs last year

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

A parliamentary question from Bassetlaw MP has revealed that the UK paid out £647 million to European countries for their health costs last year – but received only £49 million in return.

The discrepancy was revealed in a Department for Health response to the Bassetlaw MP. Notable figures include:

UK pays France: £147,685,772 France pays UK: £6,730,292

UK pays Germany: £25,873,954 Germany pays UK: £2,189,664

UK pays Italy: £7,304,484 Italy pays UK £1,510,850

UK pays Poland: £4,336,701 Poland pays UK £1,523,402

UK pays Spain: £223,290,021 Spain pays UK £3,412,338

Mr Mann said: “Sorting this scandal out in itself would transform the financial situation of the NHS. This is a shambolic state of affairs and we are being played for fools. “

“This is money that should directly be going into the NHS and it would make a huge annual difference to its finances.”