Hospital parking charges disgrace


Lengthy speeches by backbench Conservative MPs designed to thwart the passing of a bill that seeks to scrap hospital parking charges for carers were “a disgrace”, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.

Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP

She said the delaying tactics – including two Tory speeches lasting well over an hour – heralded “a return of the nasty party”.

The bill calling for the change was discussed at length in a House of Commons debate today (FRI).

Currently, parking policies are set by individual NHS trusts across England. Charges were abolished in Scotland and Wales in 2008.

The proposed exemption for carers would have applied to English NHS hospitals, walk-in centres, GP practices and private hospitals.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West region, said: “What we’ve witnessed in the Commons today is an absolute disgrace.


“The Tories quite deliberately droned on and on in order to use up the time set for the debate and prevent it from going to a vote which would have helped move it forward to become law.

“This from the party that really wants people to think of them as ‘compassionate Conservatives’? A return of the nasty party, more like.

“Hospital parking charges are nothing more than a tax on the sick and those who care for them.

“Carers have a tough enough time as it is without expecting them to fork out every time they offer up their time to visit someone in hospital.

“Personally, I would go further and have hospital parking charges scrapped altogether.

“In our general election manifesto we pledged to invest £200 million to make parking at English hospitals free for patients and their visitors.

“It’s a no brainer that England should absolutely have the same model as Scotland and Wales when it comes to hospital parking policies.

“The Tories should be ashamed of themselves for torpedoing what I’m sure would have been a very popular new policy throughout the country.”


Scrap the ‘Tampon Tax’


CALLS to scrap the “tampon tax” have been welcomed by UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.

The North West MEP has been campaigning for the 5% VAT levy – imposed by the European Union – to be scrapped and gave a speech to the European Parliament in June 2015 addressing this very issue.

Ms Bours spoke out after new Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn adopted UKIP’s policy in calling for the levy to be abolished.

Louise Bours MEP

But she pointed out the hurdles that lay ahead due to the EU’s refusal to recognise that female sanitary hygiene products are not a “luxury”.

In her speech to the European Parliament on June 9, Ms Bours explained: “It is not quite difficult, it is nigh on impossible – the UK is subject to EU rules on VAT which forces us to impose a 5% tax on these and many other products.

“There’s nothing anyone can do about it, because only the unelected and unaccountable EU Commission can propose or begin to amend legislation.

“So it doesn’t matter how you vote in elections, you can’t vote for anybody that can actually initiate change to EU law.

“The only way we are going to get rid of this ridiculous tax, is for politicians to start listening to the electorate, decide they will do what is best for their voters, not the ‘project’, and leave the EU.

“Once we leave the EU we can act swiftly, follow in Canada’s footsteps and get rid of this archaic tax on feminine hygiene products.”

On Sunday, she commented further: “I welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s intervention on this subject and I applaud the fact he has adopted a UKIP policy. It’s certainly about time.

“The tampon tax is nothing short of a tax on women. David Cameron clearly doesn’t have a problem with that, but I think he’ll find almost the entire country will disagree with him.”


  1. Louise Bours MEP address European Parliament on “tampon tax” June 9, 2015
  2. Cameron’s headache over “tampon tax”
  3. Corbyn campaigns on “tampon tax”

Report claims 74% of hospitals are unsafe

The failing state of most of England’s hospitals proves that the oversight organisations are inept and should be abolished

UKIP’s Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP has said that the failing state of most of England’s hospitals proves that the oversight organisations are inept and should be abolished.

The comments came as a report from the Care Quality Commission admitted that 74% of hospitals are unsafe. The report also states the some A and E patients have been left in make-shift huts, and warns of a culture of bullying and blame, with staff scared to report problems. healthcare

Ms Bours said: “For years it has been clear that the overseers of the NHS, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor are not up to the job. They don’t seem to spot potential problems before they happen, they just put reports together after it has all gone wrong. They need to be abolished and replaced with county health boards made up of local people.

“Doctors and nurses are under immense pressure, with resources being ploughed into administrators as opposed to front line, the money saved from abolishing the CQC and Monitor could be put to much better use.”

The report goes on to reveal a wide range in the quality of care delivered in different hospitals, with the Patients Association saying it is unacceptable to see such a wide variation across the country.

Ms Bours added: “Local people will care much more about their local hospital than a civil servant in an office hundreds of miles away.

“The County health boards will ensure a better standard of care across the country, as each board will contain people for whom the health of the nearby community is their top priority.”

£1m NHS consultant ‘a kick in the teeth’ for clinical staff

News that an indebted hospital has paid a consultant almost £1million a year to help it cut costs is a kick in the teeth for frontline clinical staff – according to UKIP’s Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.

The comments came after The Times reported Medway Foundation Trust, which overspent by £30million last year appointed interim finance director, Tim Bolot, on a package it says also includes advice on corporate structure, and workforce reviews.

Medway hospital in currently in special measures over concerns over safety and staff shortages.

Ms Bours said: “The hospital is already in trouble over staff shortages, yet instead of hiring more staff they spend £1m a year on finding out how the can get rid of staff.

“I thought this was supposed to be a hospital who prioritise quality care for local people, not a factory trying to see how they can get rid of their workers.

“It’s no surprise that this trust got itself into trouble, when it is prone to making mind-blowing decisions like hiring a temporary manager on many times the salary our Prime Minister gets.”

healthcareMr Bolot has previously worked for other NHS trusts, where he has charged up to £3000 per day to implement cost-saving programmes, and Medway say his fee is benchmarked against what other NHS Trusts pay.

Ms Bours added: “The guy is known as the Grim Reaper by staff worried that his arrival is bad news for jobs in the trust.

“When NHS staff are effectively taking a pay cut, how must they feel that their employer is paying someone £3000 a day to find ways they can be sacked.

“His fee for Medway may be in line with what other NHS trusts pay, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay, that just means the problem is much bigger than most people realise, and it needs to be controlled.

“Medway has been mismanaged. We need a system that licences managers, like clinical staff are licenced. If they were shown to be no good, they could have their licence revoked and they will be prevented from getting huge pay-offs, or hiring people like Mr Bolot to try and save their skins.”

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EU gender quota ideas slammed

The EU should stop wasting time trying to define what a woman is and do more to tackle more serious gender issues like female genital mutilation – says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours MEP.
In a speech at the European Parliament, the MEP accused the commission of trying to force their view of what a woman is on the wider public and organisations within member states, by introducing boardroom gender quotas and sanctioning companies that don’t comply with their required gender balance.
The speech was part of a debate on bringing in new gender regulations for companies across the EU.
She said: “You want to conduct a study on the situations of working mothers; mothers who choose to stay at home, and women without children who have made a choice to work – why? To find out how each affects the labour market.
“You call for the introduction of sanctions, at EU level, that would exclude companies from procurement of goods and services financed with public subsidies.
“So are you saying you want the EU to block companies from using public goods, services and money if there isn´t an appropriate gender balance?”
Some regulations in the new proposals would reverse the burden of proof from employee to employer – forcing the accused to prove that they are innocent.
Ms Bours added: “Are you aware that this would require a complete alteration of the UK´s legal system? We´ll just throw the concept of innocent until proven guilty in the rubbish bin shall we?
“Do something useful, tackle forced marriage or FGM – speak out about the abuses of women in countries around the world, just stop wasting our time.”
After the debate, Ms Bours added: “As always, these people are more interested in gender quota´s and balances than tackling real world examples of abuses against women and girls. The do not have the courage to tackle the real issues women and girls face – FGM, forced marriage, rape – these seem to fall by the wayside, forgotten in the politically correct haze of multiculturalism”.

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More EU interference over Gender balance

EU gender balance contradictions – UKIP MEP Louise Bours

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 8 October 2015

Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours

• Debate: Equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation
– Report:  Anna Záborská (A8-0213/2015)
Report on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

BBC Any Questions 02/10/2015

BBC Any Questions programme 02/10/2015

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