Bimbo Ayelabola, Nigerian, travelled to Britain to give birth costing British taxpayers £200,000
Nigerian-born Bimbo Ayelabola, 33, travelled to Britain to give birth to quins at a cost of up to £200,000 to British taxpayers.
The wife of a wealthy businessman had two boys and three girls by Caesarean section in April last year and was in Homerton Hospital, East London, for almost two weeks.
Mrs Ayelabola, from Lagos, who had been taking a fertility drug, said at the time: ‘I had already had miscarriages and couldn’t bear the stress another pregnancy would cause. So I decided to visit my family in London.
‘I thought I would stand a much better chance of avoiding another miscarriage in a calmer place with friends and family.’
Mrs Ayelabola claimed her husband left her and returned to Nigeria after discovering she had given birth to five babies. She was given a visa to stay in Britain which runs out in December of this year.
Health tourism is thought to cost the NHS up to £200million a year.
Patients who have lived in the UK for a year get all their NHS treatment free. And emergency care at A&E and walk-in clinics is completely free for anyone.
For EU residents, their country covers the cost of other treatment. Non-EU residents get a bill.
Urgent but non-emergency treatment such as maternity care is provided regardless of residence status or ability to pay, but hospitals must take steps to recover debts.
Non-urgent treatment for chargeable overseas visitors is not supposed to go ahead without full payment.