Today, and no doubt for weeks to come, the NHS is in the news.
Hitting the headlines is the fact that many A&E departments at hospitals around the country are unable to cope with the number of people requiring attention and arguments are raging as to why this is happening. One cause for this is claimed to be that too many people are visiting A&E when they should be visiting their GP; but what should they do when they find they can't get a GP's appointment for a week or so? No mention is made of the closure of A&E departments at numerous hospitals; in my area the nearest A&E has been closed and of the next two nearest hospitals, one is in a different NHS Trust whilst the other was already overloaded. Neither has had its facilities increased to cope with the closure, and it shouldn't have needed a genius to deduce that that the closure of an already busy A&E department would have further overloaded departments elsewhere.
But the main problem, in my view, is the mass immigration. You cannot run any service that is "free at the point of use" and can then be used by anyone who turns up for treatment without asking any questions. Unlimited
immigration and free treatment for all-comers has broken the NHS,
nothing else, and the high birth rate amongst immigrants makes the
situation even worse. Locally, the maternity wards are probably under similar pressure to A&E, with mothers often being sent home within hours of giving birth.
Until you are prepared to charge all newcomers to this country
there is no solution, short of more and more funding from ever increasing taxation; the NHS has become a World Health Service. I'm told by a
friend at a hospital near Heathrow that it's not only immigrants from
poorer countries, her hospital gets quite a few US citizens who "are
taken ill" here whilst on "holiday" as they don't have adequate health
insurance back home for some major operation.
It is time that everyone coming into
the country was made to have adequate medical insurance. You can't
go to work or live in Australia without health insurance; two retired
friends of mine recently went to Australia to live near their children,
they had to take out a bond to cover health treatment which cost them
about £100,000. They also, incidentally, had to prove that they had
the capital to rent or buy a home along with sufficient pension income which would ensure that they wouldn't become a burden on
the state. We are only going to solve our NHS problems is we ensure that every user pays for the service, either indirectly by having paid taxes in the past or directly in cash, preferably from an approved insurance policy.
UKIP advocates such measures, and that is why I will be supporting them at the General Election.
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