Johnson forced to drop NHS surcharge for migrant health workers

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Downing Street bows to pressure from opposition and backbench Tories amid crisis

Boris Johnson was forced into the first major U-turn of his premiership on Thursday, as he announced that overseas NHS staff and care workers would no longer have to pay a controversial visa surcharge.

The prime minister had faced escalating tension from within his own ranks on the fee, after the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, raised the issue in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

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