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’.

In 1999 ‘New Labour’ marked the start of a transition of the NHS from a public sector provider to include the private sector under the disguise of choice and competition.
Health campaigner Kailash Chand OBE

 

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UKIP – STANDING UP FOR THE NHS

UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early.

We will ensure that visitors and migrants have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn a year.

We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

We will ensure foreign health professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English.

There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low  standards of care.

We will re-introduce the State Enrolled Nurse.

We will introduce the ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being  conveniently moved sideways.

 

That’s the embarrassment in the chamber: because they shout back, ‘You started it’. Former Labour Health Secretary Frank Dobson

 

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We will fight to ensure the NHS is always there for the benefit of the people of this country. It was conceived in order to protect and help those in need – we should not forget it is the British taxpayer that enables this to happen. The NHS works in spite of Labour, not because of it. We should not allow a political party to claim  ownership over something which every one of you pays for every week, through your taxes. Through our initiatives to license NHS managers, reinstate the State Enrolled Nurse, curb benefit  tourism and fight to keep the NHS out of the EU’s TTIP agreement, we will protect the NHS so it is always there, free at the point of delivery and of need. Remember – your taxes,  your country, your NHS.

UKLouise Bours MEP – UKIP Health spokesman

 

 

 

 

 

*REFERENCES  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8779598/Private-Finance-Initiative-where-did-all-go-wrong.html. http://www.if.org.uk/archives/3453/new-figures-reveal-weight-of-pfi-burden-on-nhs-trusts. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jul/05/pfi-cost-300bn. http://www.theguardian.com/ commentisfree/2012/jun/29/pfi-crippling-nhs. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/05/pfi-contracts-list. http://www.channel4.com/news/counting-the-cost-of-pfi-in-the-nhs. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2014/jul/30/frank-dobson-interview-labour-needs-knocking-lumps-off-this-government

Talking about the 99.7%

In light of the recent highlighting of a small number of UKIP misdemeanours in the national media over the last week, the following article went up on The Huffington Post from our North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott, earlier today. It lays out far better than I can what UKIP is really about….

Jonathan Arnott MEPI’m one of the 99.7%.

In the media, we hear a lot about the 0.3% – those candidates for Ukip who’ve said or done stupid things, things which neither Ukip nor anyone else in the country would. They’ve had the oxygen of publicity for far too long. I want to talk about the 99.7%, about what we believe.

We’re the champions of democracy, the people who believe that if your MP is involved in a scandal you should, if you have enough support, be able to force a vote to remove them. We’re the people who put that into practice: when Douglas Carswell MP and Mark Reckless MP joined Ukip, both of them immediately put themselves before the voters in their constituencies and asked them to re-elect them. They did. But before Ukip came along, politicians who defected never bothered to consult the people that matter: you. We’re the people who want the public to be able to force politicians to listen through calling a referendum on key issues, to drag democracy kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

 

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Standing in next year’s general election

The following post is taken from the website of UKIP Hillingdon and announces my candidacy for the Hayes & Harlington seat at next year’s general election

Introducing your Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General election

3rd runway consultation CDCliff Dixon is the Chairman of  UKIP Hillingdon branch and the ward representative for Charville

Cliff is a lifelong resident of the borough, born in Hillingdon, and has lived in both Hayes and Uxbridge.

Now in his mid-forties and married with two adult stepchildren, he joined the branch in 2011, being elected chairman the following year.

A communications professional with over 20 years experience, he is a familiar site in Hayes after stints running The Phone Shop in Hayes End Drive and Starline on the Uxbridge Road, as well as occasionally propping up the bar at The Wishing Well in Hayes End and indulging in some ear-splitting karaoke!

 

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The truth about mass,uncontrolled immigration

Neil Hamilton wrote the following article, which was published in the Sunday Express on 7th July, summing up a number of problems with uncontrolled mass immigration.  I reproduce his article in full:

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A series of government reports last week exposed the horrifying break-up of traditional Britain.  The latest census revealed that immigrants account for 25 per cent of the population of our largest cities.  Nearly a third of residents of these cities are members of a non-white ethnic minority and almost one in 10 homes has not a single person speaking English as a first language.  Department for Education figures reveal three in 10 primary school pupils are from ethnic minorities.  More than one million children do not speak English as their first language at home.  In large parts of London native English-speakers are in the minority.  A Home Office report, Social And Public Service Impacts Of International Migration At The Local Level, said that every year since 1998 net migration has been above 100,000, peaking at 255,000 in 2010.

We have never known anything like this in the history of these islands.  With the exception of wartime, more people immigrated to the UK in a single year, 2010, than from 1066 to 1950. Between 2004-2011 the number of Poles living in the UK leapt from 69,000 to 687,000.  The report concluded that half of Britons report strain on schools, hospitals, transport, housing and employment as a result of mass immigration.  While acknowledging the hugely important work carried out by foreign doctors and nurses, researchers revealed the pressure exerted on the NHS. 
In a single year 73 per cent of TB cases and almost 60 per cent of newly diagnosed HIV cases involved people born outside the UK.

And 80 per cent of hepatitis B-infected UK blood donors were born abroad. Experts questioned by the Home Office agreed the “high birth rates of some migrant groups produce additional demands on midwifery, maternity and health visiting services”.  Health staff said that appointments and visits could take twice as long where patients had poor English, putting significant pressure on other areas.  In housing, large numbers of low-skilled migrants wanting private rented property are driving up prices. In the jobs market hundreds of thousands of immigrants chasing low-skilled jobs have driven pay down to minimum wage levels. With a million young people aged 16-24 out of work this is madness.

The last Labour government encouraged mass immigration “to rub the Right’s nose in diversity” according to Tony Blair’s adviser Andrew Neather. They also calculated it would boost the number of Labour voters.  The scale of migration has been so great that irreversible changes have been made to large swathes of the country. Ethnic division is a reality and the problem is getting worse, with 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians potentially to add to the mix next year.  Although much of the blame lies with Labour ministers, including Ed Miliband, the Tories are little better.  What could David Cameron have been thinking when he said last week that he wants to expand the EU as far as Kazakhstan and the Urals?  If you liked opening our borders to every Romanian and Bulgarian you’ll just love the Kazakhs, Moldavians and Azerbaijanis. Not to mention 75 million Turks, whose application to join the EU he also enthusiastically supports.

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Unfortunately Cameron isn’t the only swivel-eyed loon in the Conservative Party. A few days ago Boris Johnson backed the call by a Tory backbench MP for an amnesty for up to a million illegal immigrants.  In the next 15 years the UK population will grow by over seven million to 70 million. Five million of that will be due to immigration.  No wonder Tory planning minister Nick Boles is so manic about the need to concrete over three million acres of England.  We must build a new home every seven minutes for new migrants. England is with Holland the most crowded country in Europe, excluding city states. We have 400 people per sq km compared with 252 in Germany and 114 in France.

We have been lied to by Conservative, Labour and Liberal politicians throughout my lifetime as to the scale and effect of immigration.  Their stock riposte to those speaking out was to accuse us of being racist.  It is now clear we were right. The debate was always about space, not race…and the preservation of England’s cultural identity.