Health loophole exploited

UKIP Health Spokesman responds to outrageous EHIC card loophole

Published Aug 10, 2015

A loophole is allowing people who have never paid tax in Britain to bill the NHS for healthcare in their own countries, an investigation has found. Foreign nationals who claim they are living in the UK are obtaining free European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) to charge the UK for treatment in their home countries, the Daily Mail said.

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Louise Bours MEP

UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours MEP:  “If the Tories don’t stop this going on, it will show once and for all that they prioritise the EU more than they care about the NHS and the health of British people.

“It is of course outrageous that this has been allowed to take place, but Cameron’s claim that the government didn’t know it was going on is equally unacceptable.

“It’s the job of the UK government to know where and how tax payers’ money is being spent, and they either did know about this crazy anomaly or they should have.

“More and more we are seeing Cameron being forced onto the back foot by revelations about the EU coming out in the newspapers. For once it would be nice if he admitted the extent of reasons why we should leave the EU without the public having to wait for them to be found-out by the media.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191557/Foreigners-charge-NHS-care-country-Loophole-lets-thousands-migrants-free-treatment-card-GP.html

Step up Dementia research

STEP UP DEMENTIA RESEARCH, SAYS UKIP MEP LOUISE BOURS

News that dementia sufferers are getting younger proves UKIP was right to call for more investment and research into treatment of the disorder, says the party’s health spokesman Louise Bours.

The Times reports today that dementia is being diagnosed a decade earlier than it was 20 years ago. The newspaper quotes an academic who warns that the creeping onset of the disease could mean the world faces “a silent epidemic”.

Data from 21 countries involved in a study by Bournemouth University shows the chronic disorder is now being identified in people in their late 40s.

In UKIP’s 2015 general election manifesto, the party pledged to spend an extra £130 million a year researching and treating dementia – the only party to do so.

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Louise Bours MEP

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West said: “These concerns are precisely what we were recognising in our election manifesto.

“That people are now being regularly diagnosed with the dementia at the relatively young age of their 40s has to be of great concern not just here in the UK but across the world.

“Dementia is the leading cause of death among women over the age of 55 and the fifth biggest killer of men.

“It is also disgraceful that such a huge issue affecting so many people is still to this day left largely to unpaid and untrained carers to attend to.

“As a nation we are living longer than ever and one of the unfortunate results of that is an ageing population that needs to be cared for.

“Dementia needs to be tackled, and the wonderful people caring for family members and friends suffering from it should be given proper support.

“Dementia doesn’t just affect the sufferer – it affects everyone around them, too. It’s high time that was properly recognised.”

NOTE TO EDITORS

“Dementia victims are getting younger”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4518770.ece (Paywall)