The real reason the NHS is in crisis

UKIP oppose any further PFI deals and would encourage buying out of existing schemes where funds are available

It's not an aging population or patient demand that's created a crisis in our NHS.

Posted by EvolvePolitics on Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Government don’t understand the problem

UKIP Hillingdon Press Release – 22nd June 2015 

For immediate release 

The Conservative Government today launched a policy making it clear that any non EU migrant working in the UK would have to earn over £35k per annum within six years of arriving in the UK or face deportation.

CD leaflet image jpegCommenting on the news, UKIP Hillingdon Chairman and spokesman for the Hayes & Harlington constituency, Cliff Dixon, stated, “There are many people working within our NHS doing vital jobs that pay far less than the threshold at which the Government is setting these new regulations.

During the recent General Election campaign, I pointed out how the NHS is having difficulty recruiting trained technicians for research in to infectious diseases at a number of our top hospitals, including The Royal Free which is leading the fight against Ebola. They are losing out under current rules where those much needed professionals are going instead to Australia, Canada and the USA. Now they will be faced with the reality of losing the technicians they already have with an inability to replace them from within our current talent pool in the UK.

Our own hospital at Hillingdon, already stretched for staff to the extent that they had to spend over £1 million in the final quarter of last year on agency nurses, will see even more shortages that will result in further overspend to bring in temporary workers from the private sector”

Once again, the government ignores the real problem of unlimited, uncontrolled migration from EU member states at the expense of trained professionals from the rest of the world.

Press release ends

Related links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33201189

BBC News report on the new regulations

http://www.ukip.org/_instead_of_sticking_it_to_the_nhs_tories_should_steal_even_more_ukip_policies_to_make_britain_better

Response from UKIP Migration spokesman, Steven Woolfe MEP

 

Labour – Yet more betrayal of your NHS

Considering the amount of time expended by The Labour Party (Not least their re-elected MP in Hayes & Harlington, John McDonnell) about being the party of the NHS in the recent General Election, this latest betrayal by Labour MEP’s in Brussels shows, just as with their back door privatisation of the service, that they should never be allowed near our healthcare system ever again.

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William Dartmouth MEP slams Labour for failing to protect the NHS against TTIP in the European Parliament
UKIP Press Release Immediate 28-05-2015
The European Parliament’s trade committee backed away from a confrontation with the bloc’s trade commissioner on Thursday, supporting proposals by the EU commission to continue ongoing EU-US trade talks. Deputies backed the continuation of negotiations by 28 to 13.

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An open letter to John McDonnell MP

Dear John

I recently received your letter to residents announcing your intention to stand again for the Hayes & Harlington constituency in the General Election.

In your letter, you raise the issues of the NHS and the local housing crisis – Both are extremely important issues and you are quite right to highlight them.

Having read the letter, I would like to raise the following points.

1 – The NHS

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You state that you fear a Conservative win at the next General Election will lead to the NHS being privatised and sold off. Whilst I share that fear, you appear to overlook the fact that your party (Labour) in government started the privatisation of the NHS and indeed introduced more privatisation to the service than the Coalition have done since taking power in 2010.

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Hillingdon Hospital deserves better

A recent Care Quality Commission report showed that our local hospital is failing in certain areas, and issued two warning notices including one for safety.

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Amongst the services rated as ‘requiring improvement’ were A&E, medical care, surgery, critical care, maternity and family planning, children’s care, end of life care and outpatient services. Subsequent to the inspection, A&E waiting time targets were also reported as being missed in this article from local Gazette Reporter, Will Ackerman

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/health/hillingdon-hospitals-trust-must-improve-8613164

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How Labour privatised the NHS

 

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Labour claims that UKIP ‘wants to privatise the NHS, and charge people to see their GP’.

Yet Labour used a Tory scheme to privatise new  hospitals – and landed us with massive costs and  debts for the next 30 years.

PFI: the ‘Private Finance Initiative’.

A scheme invented by the  Conservatives to get private  companies to build and run hospitals and other ‘public’ assets – at a huge profit.

Between 1997 and 2010, the Labour government signed more than 100 PFI contracts in the Health Service, worth more than £79 billion –  contracts that make private  companies very rich indeed.

As well as paying back seven or eight times what the hospitals actually cost over the next 20-30 years, the  government pays the private firms HUGE sums to run them.

Like the plug socket that cost £320, or changing a light-bulb for £333*.

Or the company that charged £52,000 for a job that cost £750*. And the  hospital in Bromley which cost £1.2 billion – 10 times what it is worth*.

And it’s Labour’s health spokesmen that want to charge people to see their GP – not UKIP’s.

In March 2014, Lord Warner,  LABOUR’S former Minister of State at the Department of Health, said that NHS users should pay £10 a month and £20 for every night in hospital.

In August 2014, the LABOUR peer Lord Winston said that patients should be charged £200 to see their GP so that they would ‘learn to  appreciate the NHS’.

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Charville byelection campaign update

Despite the wind and rain, the campaign team were out again in Charville yesterday (Saturday 8th November) delivering our second round of candidate leaflets.

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Joined later in the day by London Chairman Roger Gravett, who travelled across London by tube to pitch in, experienced old hands like Ray, Martin and myself were joined by members of Young Independence and new recruits such as Lorraine to get the message out.

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