Tag Archives: NHS

A worthy cause

A political heavyweight is risking a punch on the nose to help raise funds for youngsters suffering from the same genetic disease that sadly led to the death of a baby from Crewe.

Jonathan Arnott, a UKIP MEP, is taking part in a chess-boxing event on Sunday in London with the aim of raising money for theAlly Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Sophie Harling

He decided to promote this particular charity after hearing about the death of Sophie Harling, who sadly died last October aged just ten months. She was the daughter of a fellow MEP’s employee, Wayne Harling, who lives with his wife Lizzie in Crewe.

Jonathan is to face Lib Dem Toby ‘Slowby’ White in the contest of “brains and brawn” at London’s famous boxing venue, York Hall, on April Fools Day – but it  is no joke and he wants as many people as possible to show their support by donating to the charity.

The contest involves involves three minute rounds of chess followed by two minutes of boxing. Chess and boxing rounds alternate until there is a winner. Competitors can either knock their opponents out by checkmate on the board, or more fittingly by a knockout in the boxing ring. If neither checkmate nor knockout occurs, then the end result of the bout is determined by the judges’ scorecards.

36-year-old Jonathan has previously competed in international chess tournaments but as a novice boxer he has been practising with a sparring partner to build up his stamina and expertise. Continue reading A worthy cause

Shocking attacks on NHS staff

Dear Editor,

It was both depressing and alarming to read that assaults on community nurses and mental health workers in Cumbria have shot up.

We all know that regrettably attacks on our NHS staff take place far too often. Violence, both physical and verbal, on health workers, also including paramedics and doctors, should never ever occur.

Understandably patients and their relatives are often in a tense state when needing medical care, both in a community and hospital setting, but they should not vent aggression on anyone, let alone those trying to help. 

Mental health problems in society are on the rise, through a combination of factors, and staff are specially trained to help them, ideally without being assaulted. Sadly some of those with serious mental health issues are always going to be a potential risk and drink and drug abuse exacerbates this.

A total of 17% of staff within Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust reported suffering physical violence while working last year.I sincerely hope that the next set of figures does not show a further rise. Our selfless health workers, both in the community and in hospital settings, should be able to carry out their duties free from fear.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours, MEP

Wigan shamed Doctor row

To Wigan Post

Dear Editor,

Our NHS is in the grips of its worst crisis in years with patients being urged to stay away from A&E, yet disgraced heart specialist Doctor Gohar Rahman is still on the payroll despite serving a 12 month ban for assaulting his teenage daughter. 

Whilst his generous salary is still being paid in full, the trust will no doubt be struggling to fund a replacement, meaning our hospital will be under even more pressure and patient care will consequently suffer as a result.


Doctors such as Gohar Rahman, who are unfit to practice and essentially struck off should have their pay suspended until they are cleared and ready to return to work so replacement staff can be hired to take their place.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours, MEP 

Abandon HS2 plans

Dear Editor, 

Wouldn’t it nice if the Chancellor’s Autumn statement this week announced the HS2 plans are being abandoned?

As well as all the homes and views that will be irrevocably destroyed or damaged by this huge white elephant just think what the country could do with the £55 billion that would be saved.

Everyone knows the NHS is seriously ill and needs an urgent infusion of cash to make it fit for purpose so the money not wasted on the high speed rail link could literally make the difference between life and death.  hs2

And the figures currently quoted will inevitably continue to rise and rise and the vast majority of people in this country rightly do not believe it is value for money. 

Many commuters already struggle to pay their rail fares and I shudder to think how much tickets will cost to travel on this folly.  Continue reading Abandon HS2 plans

Heart failure test concerns


Concerns over failure by some health authorities to provide a simple heart failure test which could save the NHS £3.8 million have been raised by local MEP Louise Bours.

Early diagnosis of heart failure greatly improves outcomes for patients and saves the health service money with reduced hospital referrals, admissions and procedures.

In the wake of a report by the All Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, which has highlighted the problem,  Ms Bours is writing to all the Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospital trusts in the North West. NHS

“I want to know if they provide this test, which measures natriuretic peptide, and if they do not I want to know why not and if the situation is to be reviewed and the test introduced,” said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West..  Continue reading Heart failure test concerns

Prioritise Antibiotics call


Pharmaceutical companies must be encouraged to invest further into discovering new antibiotic drugs, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.

Her call comes after a report by Lord Jim O’Neill revealed that Caesarean sections, joint replacements and even chemotherapy could become too dangerous to be performed.

Lord O’Neill said the situation whereby growing resistance to antimicrobial drugs is not being tackled adequately enough should be treated as “an economic and security threat”, reported Sky News.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West region, said: “It’s hardly breaking news that the effectiveness of antibiotics is constantly reducing, and that’s why this is so disturbing.  Continue reading Prioritise Antibiotics call

Recent media 05/05/2016


Below are some examples of my recent articles and quoted comments from the print and online media:

Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours: May 03, 2016


Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit: Apr 26, 2016


Continue reading Recent media 05/05/2016

Leave the EU or lose the NHS

Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours

Published May 03, 2016
Leaks detailing the hidden parts of the proposed controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union prove quitting the EU is the only way to save the NHS in its current form, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.


Hundreds of papers released online confirm fears that TTIP talks between Brussels and Washington will lead to the health service being privatised or dismantled.

The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS.

“This goes exactly against what UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been assuring us”, said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West.

She said: “This leak proves beyond doubt that if we don’t say goodbye to the EU, we will have to say goodbye to the NHS.

“This committee has been requested by the American investors, who will meet with EU officials once a year to decide the fate of our NHS.

“Anyone that doesn’t want to see our NHS being run for profit, by company directors from a country where it is easier to get shot than to get healthcare, needs to vote to leave the EU.

“Anyone still undecided needs to ask if they prefer the EU or the NHS, because it is clearer now than ever, that we cannot have both.”

Follow Louise on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LouiseBoursUKIP


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.”

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.

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.”