Leave the EU to save NHS

Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit

Published Apr 26, 2016

UKIP MEP and Health Spokeswoman Louise Bours commenting on the junior doctors strike said: “Junior doctors should realise that by leaving the European Union and saving our vast EU contribution we could fund the NHS much better.

“With the money that we send to the EU each year we could instead build 50 new hospitals and give a huge boost to improving our NHS. An intelligent junior doctor would at this stage be campaigning against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit.

“If we want to fund the NHS properly we must have the means to do it at our disposal.”

Cheshire East Council cash waste

Dear Editor,

Cheshire East Council really ought to be picking its battles more wisely and stop wasting thousands of pounds of public money on frivolous litigation against residents who are guilty of nothing more than taking a little bit of pride in their neighbourhood.

Beryl Pearce and Robert Redfern have been “dragged through hell” after Cheshire East were unhappy that flowers were planted on a disputed patch of paving outside their home. You have to wonder what motivates the council in going after a couple in such a costly way.

Altogether, Cheshire East Council has wasted £20,000 in pursuing the retired Wilmslow couple with half of it coming from the public purse. This money would been much better spent on local services desperately in need of a cash boost or on our crumbling, pothole-filled roads.

Yours Faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/7101852/Council-get-into-20k-dispute-with-couple-over-flowerbed.html

True cost of migration

Migration costs the NHS far more than we ever knew

Revelations that EU citizens don’t have to prove who they are before receiving free treatment on the NHS shows just how much the National Health Service has become the International Health Service, according to UKIP Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.

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Louise Bours MEP

As the debate on whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU turns its attention to the NHS, a health minister has been forced to admit that GPs and hospitals must treat immigrants even if they do not produce an EU health card and refuse to provide any identification to show their entitlement. The news is a huge boost to those arguing the NHS is suffering as a result of the UK’s membership of the EU. Reacting to the government’s admission, Ms Bours said: “The government have tried to bury this bad news right from the start.

“It wasn’t even in Cameron’s renegotiation attempts because he clearly didn’t want the public to know that while we are in the EU anyone and everyone can come here, get treatment funded by the UK taxpayer, and then go home again without contributing a single penny to the cost.

“Doctors have been advised by the government not to ask if someone is entitled to treatment just in case it’s seen as being discriminatory, so basically, because of our arrangement with the EU anyone from anywhere in the world can come here and be treated at our expense.

“It has to stop. This is our NHS, not Europe’s or any other continent’s, and the fact that Cameron didn’t include it in the renegotiation is all the proof we need that the only way we can ensure we British taxpayers get the NHS we need and deserve, is to leave the EU.”

The admission came when a Euro-sceptic MP asked a Parliamentary Question about who can and cannot register for NHS treatment.

Health minister Alistair Burt answered: “Anyone can seek to register as an NHS patient with a GP practice by approaching one directly and submitting a written and signed application.

“A practice cannot legally refuse to register someone because they do not possess identification or documents.”

Recent figures also show that the UK has a poor record in claiming cost for treating EU nationals from other countries, as it is entitled to do.

This ‘health tourism gap’ means the UK is now paying out £15 for the healthcare costs of Britons who fall ill abroad for every £1 it gets back for NHS treatment of European visitors.

Ms Bours added: “Once you are registered with a GP you have access to the entire NHS, including hospitals.

“The law is that if you don’t live here long-term you are supposed to pay for any non-urgent or emergency care, but many hospitals assume that if you have a GP you are entitled to the full range of treatment, free.

“We do not want to turn medics into border guards. The government needs to get serious about the NHS for the sake of those of us who rely upon it, and that means ditching the EU.”

Breast ironing must be stopped

Published Apr 17, 2016

The Department of Health should work hand-in-glove with the Home Office to stamp out the “appalling and barbaric” ritual of breast-ironing, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.

Ms Bours says breast ironing should be considered another form of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice she has long campaigned against.

Breast ironing uses heated objects, including stones and hammers, to flatten a girl’s breasts to stop them from developing.

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It is thought to have affected at least 1,000 women in the UK, although there is no exact figure. Not a single prosecution against it has ever taken place in this country.

Breast ironing is typically carried out when the girls are aged between 11 and 15 as they enter puberty, and is often done by the victim’s own family under the “misguided intention” of protecting her from rape and sexual harassment, according to the United Nations.

The UN estimates up to 3.8 million girls worldwide are affected.

Breast ironing is particularly widespread in the West African nations of Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo and Benin.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “There is something particularly wrong with the way young women are seen in certain cultures.

“Breast ironing is as medieval and barbaric as FGM, where a young woman or girl’s genitals are butchered for no good reason whatsoever.  Continue reading Breast ironing must be stopped

Pro EU BBC bias?

UKIP blasts BBC bias for airing EU-funded documentary on Obama weeks before pro-EU intervention.

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“The BBC has shown outlandish pro-EU bias by accepting to air a sycophantic documentary of President Obama grant-aided €300,000 by the European Commission, weeks before he visits London to spread a Remain message” says UKIP MEP Louise Bours. The last part of the 4 piece documentary is broadcast Tuesday 5th April.

“By choosing to air such a ridiculously sycophantic and EU-funded documentary on President Obama, the BBC has shown its clear bias again on EU matters.”bbceu

MEP Bours, a member of the Culture Committee in the European Parliament said from Brussels today:

“Coming hot on the heels of EU funded BBC mockumentary ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, it is clear the BBC has no shame, but at least this time, they displayed the EU logo in the credits.

Speaking personally I find that many fine BBC journalists work in an honest and balanced fashion. I regret to note that the BBC Bureau in Brussels however rarely asks UKIP MEPs for comment while Pro-EU pundits get frequently interviewed.”

“And Obama is so fond of the EU’s political union I wonder what the chances of him agreeing to let a Supreme Court Mexico has final say over US laws, and the American people agreeing a free movement deal with Mexico, and them having a common army with Colombia. That is what an EU equivalent in the Americas would be.”

Continue reading Pro EU BBC bias?