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  • A&E waiting soars as the Government twiddles its thumbs

    Posted on December 08

    WkQugaNu.jpegShocking figures released today show both a huge increase in pressure on Accident and Emergency services, and a massive disconnect between health and social care in England.

    A&E trolley waits are up 54% on last October, following a 6% increase in overall attendances. Meanwhile delayed transfers of care – where patients cannot leave hospital because care packages are not available to them - have seen a 50% year on year increase.

    Suzanne Evans, UKIP Health spokesman said: “The NHS is creaking under the triple whammy of a rapidly growing and aging population; severe cuts to social care budgets; and attrition of staff from A&E to overseas posts which are seen as being far less stressful. The Government should be looking to fully integrate health and social care to help prevent delayed transfers of care, as UKIP has advised, and seek to improve working conditions for emergency consultants. It is simply unacceptable that up to one third of A&E doctors are leaving to work overseas, when we desperately need their expertise here.

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  • Carrier Farce

    Posted on December 08

    download.jpgBill Etheridge MEP, UKIP Defence Spokesman, has revealed his disappointment in the lack of thought put into the scrapping of HMS Illustrious.

    “Lusty” as she was known to her crew is en route to a Turkish scrapyard, where she will be broken up for scrap like her elder sister HMS Invincible before her. The light aircraft carrier, which served in the aftermath of the Falklands War, was sold for a derisory £2 million despite efforts to preserve her as a hotel of floating museum. It also leaves the UK without an aircraft carrier for some time. Its replacement, HMS Queen Elizabeth II is not due to carry out sea trials until the New Year and HMS Prince of Wales is still in construction. Aircraft for the vessels are expected to begin trials in 2018.

    Mr Etheridge said “It seems rather poor planning that we scrap this famous carrier when its replacements are not yet complete. It is yet another example of successive governments not caring about our naval power.

     

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  • Peter Jewell appointed Justice Spokesman

    Posted on December 06

    PeterJewellRole.jpgPeter Jewell said, "Having previously served as Magistrate for twenty years and a Director and Trustee of the Magistrates Association I have seen at first hand the issues facing our Courts, Prison service and our wider system of justice. Court processes from charging to sentencing are a disorganised mess, we are seeing the closure of courts, the lowering of standards and the cutting of costs to court operations and allied organisations such as the National Probation Service and Citizens Advice Witness Service.

    "We have also seen detrimental changes to the Civil Courts and the Tribunal process as well as cutbacks in legal aid. So one of my major roles as UKIP's Justice Spokesman will be to highlight these issues and lay out ways to improve things. I believe that the court process has to be efficient but that justice should have no cost.

    "Furthermore, it is obvious that there are significant issues in our prisons, clearly the Prison Service needs to improve it's operations but also we need to take a look at the rehabilitation process and how we deal with hardened criminals.

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  • The EU and UKIP agree on the Single Market

    Posted on December 06

    S3u70E9A.jpgMichel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has confirmed what UKIP has been saying all along: to remain in the Single Market we would have to keep open borders and unlimited mass immigration from the EU.

    He said that, "The Single Market and its four freedoms are indivisible. Cherry-picking is not an option."

    Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman responded, “This confirms what the then Prime Minister, David Cameron said in June, “the British public would be voting, if we Leave, to leave the EU and leave the Single Market”.

    “We in UKIP had made it plain during the Referendum that to control our borders and immigration we would have to leave the Single Market. But in doing so, like every other non-EU country in the world, we would retain access to the Single Market under WTO rules.

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  • Ray Finch MEP appointed UKIP's new Housing Spokesman

    Posted on December 06

    RayFinchRole.jpgRay Finch MEP said, "Housing is one of the most critical issues facing the nation today.

    "Ordinary people are finding it impossible to either buy a home or get a council house. Both because of either increased demand through migration and the loss of council stock. It is particularly a problem for young people who cannot even get a foot on the housing ladder. We must break this deadlock.

    "First we must increase municipal building primarily on brownfield land. These properties must also be built well and of a sufficient size. The UK has the smallest average room size for new build properties in Western Europe. This is wrong and we must bring in legislation to resolve this.

    "Council waiting lists must prioritise locally born and resident people and ex-military. We look after our own first. Housing is one of the key factors in quality of life. Our duty is to help the people of our nation. Helping them to have a secure roof over their heads is a major part of this commitment."

     

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