Like the lookout on the Titanic spotting an iceberg, the Commons public accounts committee has issued a warning over the cost of health tourism that is draining the NHS and causing chaos for British patients.

But the thing about icebergs is, you only ever see the tip of the looming disaster. There’s much worse, unseen, beneath.

I believe MPs fail to grasp the severity of the problem, even as overseas patients rack up costs amounting to billions every year. An urgent solution is needed to save us from catastrophe — and I think that part of this solution exists in the foreign aid budget.

For years, I have been highlighting the growing crisis of health tourism both in the media and to NHS officials — all the way up to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

It gives me no pleasure to see headlines that prove me right. I would far rather the…

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