Sunday Politics North-West, 28th February 2016:
UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours has reacted with anger at shock figures revealing at least 340 blunders occur every day on NHS maternity wards.
“I appreciate that most mistakes are classed as ‘near misses’ or low injury but alarmingly 151 women and newborns died last year with another 351 suffering severe harm,” said Ms Bours, North West MEP.
“What has happened to the extra midwives that David Cameron promised? Instead of spending time and money trying to keep this country in the failing EU he should be devoting more time to ensuring the NHS gets the resources it so desperately needs.
“It is outrageous that in this day and age women and their babies are needlessly dying or being injured in maternity units. We are not a third world country and this should not be happening.
“And of course the pressure on services has increased enormously, and is still increasing, because of uncontrolled immigration,” she said.
Figures from NHS England show that 124,143 safety incidents were reported by NHS hospital maternity units last year, a number which has increased by 4 per cent on the previous year when 119,561 were reported.
The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been exposed this week doing the very thing he accuses of his political rivals – using fear to back up a false argument.
In a speech in London on Tuesday, he claimed that the National Health Service would come u
nder increasing pressure if the United Kingdom broke free from the European Union.
To an ex-pat living in an EU member state, those words could cause some alarm.
In the same speech, Tim also said: “The leave campaign will play nasty.”
Let’s take those two points to task.
First, Tim, whoever said that ex-pats would have to return home to Britain should the UK quit the EU? Continue reading LibDem Scaremongering slammed
Fears felt by many that uncontrolled immigration is bringing the NHS to the brink of disaster has been confirmed by a world renowned cancer specialist.
He has warned that our continued membership of the EU will put our health service under intolerable pressure and lead to it collapsing. He has described the NHS as being “bled dry” by European migrants arriving here to use our free NHS services and causing a £3bn deficit.
He has hit the nail on the head when he points out that NHS Trusts were not prepared for the millions of EU migrants who have arrived here because the Government estimate was nowhere near the reality.
And as well as the massive impact on hospital services it also affects our GP services which are also collapsing because of the numbers they are having to treat. No wonder less than 20 per cent of students want to become General Practitioners.
Our hands are tied by Brussels and David Cameron’s laughable negotiations will not free us. Only by voting to leave in the long-awaited referendum can we start to salvage our health services which we all depend upon.
Louise Bours MEP
UKIP Health Spokesman
This week you featured the heart breaking story of Amy Hepburn, a six year old girl whose family are desperately trying to raise £50,000 so that they can take her to the USA for a life changing operation that could seriously improve her quality of life.
It is such a shame that the medical procedure is not available in the UK and that Amy’s family have to fundraise to send her halfway round the world for treatment. All too often we hear of families who find that lifesaving or life changing care is not available in the UK.
I am very proud of our National Health Service and everyone working hard every day to save lives. Sadly, whilst the NHS continues to fund cosmetic surgeries and gastric band procedures, some vital, state of the art childcare will continue to be nothing more than an afterthought.
Good luck to Amy and the Hepburn family in achieving their fundraising target.
Louise Bours MEP
BBC RAPPED FOR NOT REPORTING BRITISH FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION STATISTICS
The BBC has been criticised by a Ukip MEP for its lack of coverage of female genital mutilation cases (FGM) in the UK.
Saturday, February 6 marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM and campaigners claim some 5,484 instances of the barbaric practice were reported in England alone between October 2014 and September last year.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre released data on Saturday saying medical professionals had recorded 1,385 FGM cases in England between July and September alone.
However, the charity Plan UK which campaigns against FGM, believes many more instances of the “hidden danger” go unreported.
The BBC’s website carried no reports of the FGM statistics on its main front page website on either Friday or Saturday.
Louise Bours, MEP for the North West and Ukip health spokesman, said: “On Friday the BBC was leading all day about the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
“It’s second most highly-rated story was about a crane collapsing in New York. Elsewhere it was crowing about its new Top Gear presenter and what Al Shabab was up to in Somalia.
“And it was the same on Saturday. Lead stories were about the earthquake in Taiwan and the latest updates from Syria.
“Of course all of these are topics people need to know about, but why no obvious stories about the appalling number of FGM cases in the UK?
“The BBC is meant to be the British Broadcasting Corporation, yet it seems to be ignoring or at east downgrading the reporting of a horrific scandal taking place here on these shores.
“It is well known that FGM is carried out for highly dubious cultural and religious reasons in Africa and Asia, and is a practice that scars young women for life both physically and mentally.
“I find it appalling that our national broadcaster fails to sufficiently recognise the significance of a widespread crime carried out against young women in this country.”
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Case of FGM reported in the UK every 96 minutes: Almost 5,500 instances were uncovered in a year but there are fears many more go unreported
PRO-EU CLAIMS ABOUT FOOD PRICES GOING UP AFTER BREXIT “UTTER LIES”
Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to “utter lies”, says Ukip MEP Louise Bours.
Campaigners hoping to convince British voters to stay in the EU have sent out leaflets across the country warning that the nation’s annual grocery bill would rise by £11 billion if we left.
“This is absolute rubbish,” said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West region and Ukip health spokesman.
“The truth is that the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy – which is designed to prop up inefficient farmers on the continent – is the very reason why bills remain high in the UK.
“Research from both the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Business for Britain group have proved that to be the case.
“In the UK, entirely because of EU policies, beef costs 35% more, turkey 22%, lamb 11%, wheat 15%, chicken 22%, and potatoes 10% – each one of those costs hitting every single family in Britain.
“Worse still, these costs hit the poorest the hardest as households with less income spend a higher proportion of their earnings on filling the shopping trolley.
“A combination of quotas, taxes and subsidies all push up the price we pay for food. For instance, New Zealand lamb costs 18% more in the UK than it does in the USA, all because of EU policies.
“Over the last 10 years a typical low income family in the UK has spent 2% of their annual expenditure supporting the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy to support farmers in France, Spain, Portugal and elsewhere.
“On average a family in the UK would save £45 a month on their food bill if not for the wasteful EU policies that affect our food prices.
“To pretend the opposite isn’t just desperate by the pro-EU campaigners, it’s now moved way beyond scaremongering. They are utter lies.
“I find it disgraceful that ‘stay’ opportunists would try to scare low income families into remaining in the EU, where their food bills would be kept artificially and damagingly high.”
Low Pay and the Cost of Living – Ryan Bourne, IEA
Food Prices, Poverty and the Cap – Alan Matthews
Change or Go – Business for Britain