Hong Kong people on holiday in Britain will no longer be entitled to free medical treatment after the handover, it was announced yesterday. The arrangement, which also entitles British residents to 96 per cent subsidised treatment in Hong Kong, will end on June 30. However, it is still unclear what will happen to visitors whose hospitalisation straddles the transition. The Health and Welfare Branch advised tourists and short-term visitors to Britain to take out medical travel insurance after the handover. A branch spokesman said the arrangement was being terminated because it was no longer necessary. The spokesman could not say what would happen to Hong Kong visitors who were in hospital in Britain over the transition. However, he said British patients whose medical care overlapped with the handover would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Visitors to Britain and Hong Kong will continue to receive free accident and emergency treatment. Hong Kong people going to Britain to live, work or study will also be entitled to free care. The abolition of the scheme will not affect British citizens working in the territory who are already entitled to subsidised care if they hold an identity card.