Labour hold segregated meeting in Oldham

Responding to news that Labour held another male and female segregated meeting in Oldham, Louise Bours MEP said:

Once again Labour have put baffling political correctness ahead of equality and British culture.


To the majority of British people these segregations are unacceptable, and Labour should not have gone ahead with the meeting under such circumstances.

By proceeding with this blatant illustration of inequality and division Labour have either compromised their ethics for the sake of votes, or they didn’t have any to begin with.

After the child abuse scandals of Rochdale, Rotherham and elsewhere due to political correctness, I think we can be confident Labour have always had dubious ethics.

The NHS needs emergency treatment

Hospital Accident and Emergency departments are in need of emergency treatment as the country heads towards on of the coldest winters in decades – according to UKIP’s Health spokesman Louise Bours MEP.

The comments came following a fresh report out today from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, that A and E problems are on the rise and ‘the worst is yet to come’.

The report showed that only 88% of patients arriving at A and E were being seen within the four hours, while the target is set at 95% and that one-in-five beds were occupied by patients that were well enough to leave but were prevented by there being a lack of community services care to look after them after discharge.


The report is of particular concern because of the rate of decline in the service. In October 92% of patients were being seen within the four hour target, whereas just one month later the figure has dropped by 4%.

Louise Bours MEP, UKIP’s Health spokesman said: “This is extremely worrying news as we go into what is expected to be a very cold winter.

“The government say they are throwing money at the NHS but they forget they have been in power for over 5 years, letting it get into this state.

“Although most hospitals have increased their number of beds, it is not enough to cope with the lack of social care available since the government’s slowness to join-up health and social care, as UKIP and NHS England have suggested.

“With the other missed targets such as ambulance response time, cancer care and diagnostic testing, the NHS is in the worst shape for a generation at the worst possible time of year.

“If the government don’t give the NHS the immediate emergency treatment it requires, right now, many will hold them responsible for any rise in cold weather related deaths we see this year.”

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EUseless: A view from the mad house


Examples of “hot air” politics and useless committees in the European Parliament have been laid bare in a new booklet by Louise Bours MEP.

As polls show a majority of British people wantEUSeless to leave the European Union, Ms Bours, who represents the North West region, has now made her EUseless: A view from the mad house publication available as a free download.

In it, the Ukip health spokesman highlights the activities of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).

Ms Bours, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in the European Parliament, said: “All politicians are accused of spouting hot air, but in the parliament in Brussels it’s like a furnace.

“While not every conversation that takes place there is entirely without merit, very often it invokes Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

“Too often the parliamentary committees find themselves bogged down in needless debate about issues the EU has no control over, need not have control over, and more importantly should never have control over.

“My booklet looks at just a few examples of this time-wasting and empty rhetoric, and I’m making it available for free download so as many people as possible can read it.”

 EUseless: A view from the mad house can be downloaded by clicking HERE


£300,000 waste of Taxpayer’s money on film project

 Lux out for the British tax payer with £300,000 spent on EU vanity award
Today the European Parliament announced the winner of the LUX film prize. Entrants for this prize “must illustrate the diversity of European traditions, shed light on the process of European integration and provide insights into the building of Europe”.
This award will cost the taxpayer approximately €448,000 (£300,000) to run.
Louise Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West and member of the European Parliament Culture Committee commented,
“I’m delighted to see that the European Parliament is finally embracing democracy, at least on this vote there were three options compared to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker where he was the sole choice.
For this award to cost over £300,000 is absurd. When we have local councils being forced to cut every penny possible, the EU sees ‘shedding light on the process of European integration’ as a high financial priority.
The EU intends to persuade Britons to vote to stay in with this sort of wasteful spending? Good lux with that.”
Notes to the Editor –
Lux Prize –

No comfort from Hunt’s NHS reassurances over Strikes


The fact that Mr Hunt is the man responsible for contingency planning for the NHS while the junior doctors go on strike will not reassure the public at all – according to UKIP’s health spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.

The allegations follow the government’s explanation for why Mr Hunt refused to attend the House of Commons to answer an urgent question by opposition MPs about the proposed strikes.

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander had tabled an urgent question on Friday, asking Mr Hunt to re-open negotiations with junior doctors, to prevent strike action but the Health Secretary refused to attend.

A spokesman for the government said that Mr Hunt was busy making contingency plans and working on financial plans ahead of the chancellor’s spending review.

Doubtful the public will be reassured by Mr Hunt’s contingency plans, Ms Bours said: “Considering the NHS seems to be in meltdown since Mr Hunt took charge, with A and E waiting times up, ambulances missing their arrival targets, waiting lists longer than your arm and NHS trusts running out of money just three months into the financial year; I don’t think any sensible person is feeling particularly reassured that it is him making contingency plans for the doctors’ strike.


“His refusal to appear in front of MPs to answer urgent questions is a clear admission that he has no idea what he’s going to do to make sure the NHS can still function throughout any strike action.”

Mr Hunt has also refused to have his negotiations with the junior doctors referred to an independent negotiator.

Ms Bours added: “I am sick of the NHS being used as a political football. Westminster parties attempt to make capital out of it, or hide the facts in order to gain or retain votes.

“Mr Hunt’s refusal to let an independent negotiator get involved is the clearest sign you can have that he knows the truth would damage the Tories, and he wants to fudge and spin the arguments because he is more concerned about the image of the government than the health of the nation.”




NHS deficit concerns raised


News that NHS trusts throughout the UK have racked up a £1.6 billion deficit has been greeted with dismay by Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours.

A report from health regulator Monitor and the Trust Development Authority (TDA) also warns the trusts expect the full financial year deficit to be £2.2 billion – the highest since records began.

The deficits have been blamed on overspending on agency staff and management consultants and the delayed transfer of care – where medically fit patients cannot leave hospital because the care they need is not yet in place.

Ms Bours, Ukip MEP for the North West, said: “This should worry anyone who cares about the future of the NHS.

“Some hospitals are warning that they are facing the frightening prospect of being unable to pay for their staff.

“It’s true that the health service is paying some agency staff at ridiculously high rates which it clearly cannot afford, and this simply has to stop.


“If the NHS as a whole ends up with a £2.2 billion deficit in this financial year alone, surely now is also the time to question why over 50,000 of its staff earn more than £100,000 a year – none of which are the nurses, ambulance drivers, cleaners or porters.

“That amounts to £5 billion in those high salaries alone and I surely can’t be the only one to notice that sum would cover the predicted annual deficit twice over.

“The problem seems to be an inability to realise that the most important people in the health service are the clinical trained staff, and not the suits upstairs.

“I have said before that the economic gulf between what we pay our vital frontline NHS staff and who I consider the far less vital administrators who sit supposedly ‘above’ them never fails to amaze me.”


“NHS deficit soars to £1.6bn”




Stafford Hospital Guilty Pleas Prove NHS Managers Should Be Licensed

Stafford Hospital Guilty Pleas Prove NHS Managers Should Be Licensed – UKIP
NHS managers must be licensed so they can be struck off in cases such as the Mid Staffordshire scandal, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours. healthcare
The trust that ran Stafford Hospital pleaded guilty today (WEDS) to four health and safety breaches relating to patients who died between October 2005 and May last year.
Three of the deaths happened after falls. A fourth occurred when a patient was given penicillin despite staff being informed she was allergic to it.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “This confirms our view that NHS managers should be licensed in much the same way as doctors and nurses, who are regulated by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP
“In our general election manifesto we pledged to introduce a ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being moved sideways or re-employed by the NHS as external consultants.
“I would also hope to see individuals held to account for fatal errors rather than just an ambiguous-sounding ‘trust’.
“If we want to restore and maintain faith in our health service then we must be prepared to punish those who undermine it.”
The trust will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.
Stafford Hospital deaths: NHS Trust admits four charges

UKIP’s 2015 Manifesto can be found here (reference made to p. 17)