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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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