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.”



BBC radio Interview


Recently I took part in a Radio programme ( BBC Radio 4’s The Today programme) with German MEP David McAllister, the former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony.

David Mcallister

Here you can see me in the studio in Strasbourg, getting ready for the programme.


It was good fun – hope you caught it!



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.” 


NHS Payoffs: Enough to make you sick


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.”


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


Government finally listening to UKIP over doctors working hours





Government finally listening to UKIP over doctors working hours

Government announcements that the Working Time Directive (WTD) is having a negative impact on patient safety and the training of new doctors shows they have finally admitted UKIP are right, said newly elected MEP Louise Bours.

Having been criticised by a leading neurosurgeon earlier this month, the government has announced it would be asking trainee medics to voluntarily opt-out of the EU’s working time directive, that limits employees to a 48 hour week.

Ms Bours, North West UKIP Euro-MP said, “For years both UKIP and the medical profession have been telling successive governments that the working time directive is putting patients at risk, and leaving new medics feeling under-trained. But because they didn’t like the facts, the establishment turned a deaf ear.

“Now so many of the senior medics are backing us up, the coalition has been forced to respond.”

Since it was brought in under Labour, doctors training to be surgeons have warned that the rules mean they have lost 3,000 hours of training time by the time they qualify, the equivalent of 128 working days.

In May, the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens said, “Too much of the provision of hospitals has been dictated by decisions of the European Court of Justice, interpreting the European Working Time Directive”

Following the comments, Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College said that that patients were suffering worse care and doctors getting less training, because of the rules, and the way they have been interpreted by the NHS.

Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, said: “Our own surveys show that junior doctors are dissatisfied with their training, including the continuity of care, which is often fragmented due to the restrictions placed on them by the European Working Time Regulations and the contract.”

Ms Bours added: “We went into the 2010 General Election saying the one-size fits all approach of the EU and the WTD is bad for patients and trainee doctors. If the tories had spoken to medical staff about it then, as we had, we could have had improvements four years ago.”



Moves to prevent FGM welcomed

July 22 2014


New measures to prevent female genital mutilation have been welcomed by UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours MEP.

“This barbaric practice has been illegal in this country since 1985 but it is only this year that there have been prosecutions” she said.

A £1.4m prevention programme aimed at ending the practice is being unveiled today by David Cameron at a global summit in London.

“I understand the difficulties in investigating this crime and I feel the real answer lies in educating young girls that it is their right to say ‘no’ to FGM” said Ms Bours, North West MEP.

“This is a widespread practice in 29 countries in Africa and also in some Asian and Middle Eastern countries and it is estimated that up to 170,000 women and girls living in England and Wales could have undergone it.

“It is very much a hidden situation but it is a terrible violation of female rights. It is a tradition but that does not make it okay. Many traditions are fine and should be preserved but this is not one of them,” said Ms Bours.

“There is no medical reason for this practice, which can take different forms, and it can lead to infection, permanent pain on urination, infertility and even death in childbirth. It causes physical as well as psychological harm and must be stamped out.

“I am glad to hear that the situation is slowly improving but across the globe 30 million girls are at risk and that is awful. It may actually prove easier to address the problem existing in this country, with its modern Western attitudes, than in the lands where it originates from.

“Forced marriage is another serious problem, which also violates womens’ rights, and I am glad that that issue is also to be addressed at the summit” said Ms Bours, who is a substitute member of the EU Women’s Rights & Gender Equality committee.

A letter of thanks from Louise Bours MEP


From a letter to the Press, July 2014

Dear Editor,

I have now completed my first week as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West region, and would like to thank every one of your readers who voted in the Euro-elections in May.
They were important elections at a vital time in determining Britain’s future.
More people than ever voted for UKIP, increasing the number of UKIP MEPs in the North West from one to three.

the three mep's!

It is undeniable that a huge number of voters want to turn their back on our current relationship with the EU, and on my first day as an official MEP I symbolically reflected the wishes of the electorate by turning my back on the undemocratically appointed EU President, and the playing of the EU anthem.


The UK already has an anthem of its own, that I do not want to disrespect by allying to another.

Although my back turning was merely symbolic, over the course of the next five years I am determined to do every practical thing I can to regain sovereignty from the EU and to protect all residents of the North West (whether they voted for me or not) from the damage the EU can do to the region.
Over the years both Labour and the Tories have ignored the North West and left us to rot because they see us as very distant from their beloved London and the South East.

Since our distance from London means we get ignored by Westminster, obviously we don’t stand a chance of getting a good deal from Brussels.

I would like to assure readers that whilst Brussels is distant and remote from the North West, I am not. I am from the area, still live here, and will spend the next five years being open to hearing the concerns of my constituents and helping where ever I can.

You have trusted me to represent you and you have my word – I will do my very best for you.

Yours faithfully

– Louise Bours MEP


Knockabout stuff at the BBC

BBC Question Time
BBC Question Time


Having only been elected on the Sunday, it was a surprise to find myself sitting as a panellist on BBC TV’s ‘Question Time’ alongside Piers Morgan and footballer Joey Barton (pictured courtesy of the BBC), on the following Thursday – it was certainly a ‘baptism of fire’!


I think the producers probably thought the show would revolve around their two ‘celebrity’ panellists, I on the other hand, thought the show should be about the folk who had gone out and voted for UKIP in the European and local elections the previous week.

Thanks to the pomposity of Morgan and the clumsy ‘ugly girl’ metaphor from Barton, I was able to put up a spirited and vocal defence, the public seemed to enjoy it too – if the viewers enjoy watching a current affairs show, they’ll talk about it in the pub and at the office – that’s got to be good for politics all round!



No signs of austerity at European cocktail party


The European Parliament


As a newly elected UKIP MEP, I had mixed feelings about my
first visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.

After all, I am visiting a parliament which I believe shouldn’t exist;

however, I should, and will be there to act as the eyes and ears of the British people.

Here in our part of the world, we haven’t really felt
the benefits of the economic recovery yet – our house prices
aren’t rocketing and many people’s wages remain stagnant,
we are still very much in ‘austerity Britain’.

Within the European Parliament things are very different – a fleet of black Mercedes limousines’ and their accompanying chauffeurs wait in the huge underground car park.

A cocktail party, where Champagne flows freely, takes
place every evening at 6pm (UKIP MEP’s choose not to attend);
the President, Martin Schulz, spent a small fortune on
DHL secure mail, sending every single newly elected
MEP across Europe, a personalised
letter, which said absolutely nothing at all about
anything of any importance.

Austerity may still be felt here in the North West but Brussels doesn’t even know the meaning of the word.

– Louise