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Call to protect Whistle Blowers

NHSlogoThe government is unnecessarily risking public health by failing to protect whistle-blowers properly, according to UKIP’s new health spokesman.


A report released today, by the Public Accounts Committee says that too often those who highlight failures in the public sector, including the NHS, are treated ‘appallingly’ by their colleagues, and although there are policies in place to encourage and protect whistle-blowers, they bear no relation to what is actually happening in the workplace.

The committee heard from Kay Sheldon, a member of the board of the Care Quality Commission, who said had been “victimised” by senior officials after she tried to raise concerns about the way it had been operating.

The report said no-one had faced any form of sanction over her treatment.

Health spokesman and North West Euro-MP, Louise Bours said: “Whistle-blowing in the NHS can be a matter of life or death.

“The Accounts Committee report highlights the difference whistle-blowers have made over scandals such as Hillsborough and the Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

“But it shows that the government is still failing to protect those who try to let the public know what is really going on.

“Whistle-blowers should be treated like the heroes they are, not the traitor their incompetent bosses try to paint them as.

“Anyone committed to the public good as much as these people are deserve maximum and swift protection, and those trying to intimidate them, and hide the truth from the public should not be working in the public sector.”

The report called for whistle-blowers to be offered legal and counselling services and for “swift sanctions” to be imposed on staff who victimise them.

Ms Bours added: “The government are trying to talk tough on this issues, but their policies clearly aren’t working on the ground.

“Perhaps they don’t want too many people letting the public know how the NHS is failing because there is an approaching general election.”

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New Plans do not solve long term alcohol issues

 

Plans announced today to tag offenders with alcohol monitors to stop them drinking, will do nothing to solve the long term issues of problem drinkers, says UKIP’s new Health spokesman, Louise Bours.

From next year, courts in four London boroughs will be able to impose an alcohol abstinence order on those who offend whilst drunk involving the criminal being tagged with an alcohol monitoring device to check if they comply. Failure can lead to a prison sentence.
The aim of the pilot scheme is to reduce the costs and harm caused by excess drinking – a Home Office study has estimated that about one million violent crimes a year in England and Wales are linked to alcohol.

North West MEP Ms Bours, said: “Whilst an order to stop drinking may be a good idea in the short term, in order to prevent further problem drinking and the damage it causes to families and the economy, it should be accompanied by a treatment regime to solve the long term drink problem many offenders have.
“If the government are serious about dealing with the health and social problems of excessive drinking why has spending on rehabilitation for young people with alcohol and drug problems been cut by a quarter, on average, and in some places halved, since 2011?
“Cutting funding for these services does not save the country money, it cost the country a great deal further down the line, with the NHS having to pick up the bill for admissions to A and E and the treatment of liver failure and other alcohol related illnesses.”

Towards the end of last year a Public Accounts Committee report on ‘early action’ concluded that across government there is lack of leadership, budget, incentives, evidence and joint working.
Ms Bours added: “By cutting rehab and treatment services we are doing no one any favours, it leaves families of problem drinkers devastated, increases the number of victims of crime and costs the tax payer an awful lot more in the long run.”

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Louise Bours appointed UKIP Health spokesperson

bours2Three North West MEPs have been appointed as UKIP’s spokesmen for leading portfolios. 

Paul Nuttall, who is the party’s Deputy Leader, is spokesman for Education, Skills & Training, Louise Bours is in charge of the Health portfolio and Steven Woolfe is Migration spokesman. 

Ms Bours said, “There is no doubt that the health service is one of the most pressing issues facing this country and it is an honour to have been given this responsibility.” 

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NHS Payoffs: Enough to make you sick

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NHS bosses should hang their heads in shame for wasting over £100million on golden handshakes for senior managers that could have been used to hire thousands of new nurses– according to Ukip’s new Health spokesman.

 The comments follow the publication of official figures that show in the last financial year the NHS paid £197million to the 6,330 staff it made redundant.

 237 managers were given payoffs between £100,000 and £150,000 each, while another 83 pocketed between £150,000 and £200,000 each and 40 of the NHS top-brass got in excess of £200,000 each.

 The most an employer is forced to pay to make an employee redundant is £13,920, though some chose to pay more.

 UKIP MEP and Health spokesman, Louise Bours said: “This is utterly outrageous, to the extent that it makes you wonder if those at the top of the NHS really care about patients at all.

“As a body funded by the public, those running the NHS should not pay more redundancy than the statutory cap.

“It is the public who employ the managers and if the government consulted them, they would find we want as much money to go on frontline services as possible, and as little as possible on redundancy packages.

“These gilt edged redundancy payments have cost £108million more than they should have, that’s enough money to hire over 7,500 extra nurses.

“Who in their right mind wouldn’t opt for the extra nurses, given the choice?”

In the last four years the bill for inflated redundancy payments within the NHS has hit nearly £1.6billion, with 4,000 of those receiving the payments being re-hired on the health payroll.

Ms Bours added: “I can’t imagine a hospital porter or a cleaner being given anything over the legal requirement, so why should some executive who doesn’t go anywhere near patients?

“The NHS top brass need to remember who they work for – us.

“It should give the British people the best clinical service possible, free at the point of need. With that in mind, the choice of wasting £108million pounds on golden handshakes or hiring more than 7,500 new nurses is a no-brainer.

“These payoffs are enough to make you literally sick.”

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Notes: £108million is also the equivalent of 14,349 new Army recruits, or 23,000 new police constables.

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