Enough money for foreign aid but not NHS?

Spending money on pie-in-the-sky projects overseas when our own NHS can’t afford new cancer drugs is a betrayal of the British people – according to UKIP’s Health Spokesman Louise Bours MEP.

Her comments come following news that a ground breaking drug that will revolutionise cancer treatment and outcomes, will not be used by the NHS as it doesn’t have enough money – at the same time, the amount of money the UK donate to other countries has reached a record £12bn per year.

In trials held over the summer, twice as many patients survived when they used a new drug Nivolumab, as did those on traditional chemotherapy.

Experts consider its invention to be the most significant breakthrough in 20 years – with some patients’ tumours shrinking after just a few months.

The drug is one of the first of a new wave of immunotherapy treatments, which harness the body’s own immune system and teach it to attack tumours.


But NHS watchdog NICE says the drug is too expensive to be provided to patients in the UK despite it being offered to cancer victims in Germany and the US.

Its committee recognised Nivolumab was ‘clinically effective’ – but said that at £63,200 a year it ‘could not be considered a cost-effective use of NHS resources’.

On hearing the verdict, UKIP’s Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP said: “Surely if the government has enough of our money that they can give almost £33m every day to foreign governments, surely it can pay £63,200 on a drug to keep someone alive for another year, especially since that person has probably spent most of their life paying far more than that into the system.

“The public will be outraged to learn that our foreign aid is going on projects such as anti-litter campaigns in Jordan, television game-shows in Ethiopia, and a plaque on a wall in Panama about equality.


Louise Bours MEP, Health spokesman

“Much of the money goes to countries that have decided to spend their money on nuclear bombs and space programmes rather than feeding their own people. Why should we suffer as a result of their decisions?

“This disgusting betrayal by our government needs reversing.

“Our government should be putting our people’s health first. This drug should be available to anyone that needs it, and it that means Jordan has a litter problem as a result, I can live with that.”





Domestic abuse on the rise


Police forces across England and Wales need more resources to tackle the dramatic rise in domestic abuse cases, says Ukip MEP Louise Bours.

The BBC reports today (see link below) that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has recorded an increase of 31% in domestic abuse cases between 2013 and 2015.

A separate report also by HMIC says that the majority of police forces need to do more to improve the protection of vulnerable individuals.


Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “These reports show quite clearly that while more people are reporting domestic abuse, which is obviously a good thing, police forces are becoming overwhelmed through a lack of resources.

“There are also quite considerable inconsistencies in the way in which forces deal with these cases and that in itself is surely a matter of concern.

“The police by and large do an excellent job but they are under constant pressure on all fronts to deliver, and it would seem that something has had to give.

“If it’s the case that officers need more training, or more specialist officers, or both, then the Government surely has to step in to give more provision.

“It’s encouraging that more people feel able to report domestic abuse but if these cases aren’t dealt with properly then there’s a real risk of abuse returning to being an unreported crime, as victims may feel that the help they need isn’t good enough.”


Domestic abuse: Police ‘nearly overwhelmed’ by increase



Care worker cuts slammed

A government decision to cut funding designed to help care workers improve their careers has been described as “a new low” by Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours.
Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review has seen the scrapping of a £178,000 fund to boost opportunities for care staff to rise up the nursing career ladder.
Eight out of ten care workers are women and the scrapped scheme, aimed at addressing an imbalance of pay in the sector, will directly hit the already low paid, said Ms Bours.
The MEP, who represents the North West in the European Parliament, said: “George Osborne may not have noticed from his ivory tower but we have an increasingly ageing population and a care crisis.
“It’s estimated that providers may need up to a million more care workers over the next decade and yet the Chancellor has opted to slash chances for those workers to improve their lot.
“This is a new low for the Conservative Party – hitting people who perform one of the most thankless but vital tasks in our country.
“There is a massive number of vacancies in the care sector and yet why on earth would people want to join it when opportunities to rise up the career ladder are limited or non-existent?

“Many British citizens need care right now, and many more will do so in the future. That means we need to appreciate, fund and offer a bright future to those people working within the industry.
“Yet provision of care seems to have become a second-hand citizen under the Conservatives – something they expect people to do for as little as possible or even nothing.
“Until we address the care crisis in the United Kingdom properly, people will rightly feel that the government neither appreciates the carers or those who rely on them.”
Care worker scheme axed after George Osborne withdraws funding

Police unprepared to handle ‘honour crimes’

PC stands for Police Constable, not Politically Correct

News that some police forces in the UK feel hamstrung by political correctness when dealing with so-called honour crimes is “deeply disturbing”, says Louise Bours MEP.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has reported that three out of 43 forces are “completely unprepared” to deal with such crimes – and that only three across the country were prepared.

Louise Bours MEP

The BBC reports today that honour crime “is the name given to offences carried out by people claiming they are protecting their cultural and religious beliefs”.

Ms Bours, Ukip MEP for the North West, said: “I find it deeply disturbing that many of our police forces feel hindered by political correctness gone mad.

“I’m sure that for most people, if it was their daughter being mutilated, abused or sold off to the highest bidder, they would protect her by any means possible and to hell with what names people called them for doing so.

“The police exist to protect people’s safety and welfare, not a misguided cultural ideology. They must start doing their job properly when it comes to abuse and violence of this kind.

“It is not good enough to say the police have been scared about being seen to be racist. PC is supposed to stand for Police Constable, not Politically Correct.

“Clearly the only people that would try to say it is racist to punish Muslims that rape, abuse and mutilate young girls will be those that are committing the crimes and trying to find a way of justifying their despicable and primitive behaviour.

“Turning a blind eye also says to society that it is okay to act in such a way if you believe it is part of your culture and heritage; and yet we are surprised that Islamic terrorism is a growing threat.

“With over 11,000 ‘honour’ offences taking place in less than a year the police and authorities need to wake up, protect our people and even if they risk being called racist, they need to do the right thing.”


Police ‘not properly prepared’ to tackle honour-based crime