In last night's debate, Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader was the only one of those present to question whether non-British citizens should be treated by the NHS. All the others present, and seemingly much of the audience, seemed to feel that it was quite all right to treat all and sundry who happened to manage to make their way to a GP or NHS hospital.
Possibly Farage made a mistake in highlighting the cost of HIV treatment which seems to be, for some, a rather emotive issue, but even so, it is a very expensive issue which needs to be addressed.
However, I simply can't understand why people are apparently upset by Farage's desire to
restrict the use of the NHS to our own citizens; they complain about
inability to get GP appointments, they complain about waiting times in
A&E, they complain about the time to get an operation, they complain about the shortage of doctors and nurses, yet, it would
seem, they are happy about foreigners being treated here at our
Farage highlighted HIV because it is one of the most
expensive illnesses to treat, some £25,000 pa per person. And as they
are probably unfit to work, benefits come on top of that! There are
millions of cases of HIV in Africa, any of those individuals who can
manage to get to Britain gets treatment and manages to stay here because
"against his human rights to send him somewhere where he can't get the
necessary medical care".
Is this what we want? At at time
who have paid taxes all their life are being declined certain drugs for
cancer, at a time when we can't afford proper care for our elderly who
are being treated worse than animals in some so-called care homes. Do we
really want to provide drugs at £25K pa for life to any HIV sufferer
who manages to get into this country? If the individual survives for 40
years, that's a million pounds for drugs alone, it doesn't count the
cost of the doctors, hospitals, tests and any other treatment needed as
in indirect result of the disease.
That's just the HIV
sufferers, but what about our maternity services? This country seems the
destination of choice for pregnant females; it's also another way of
staying here. The child becomes a British citizen, so you can't deport
its mother! When our grandson was born in the local hospital, there was
only one other mother on the ward who's native tongue was English. My
daughter was pushed out of the hospital the following day as she had a
home to go to and her bed was needed.
But it's not only
the third world we are treating. A friend working at a hospital near
Heathrow tells me that they often get US citizens, particularly ones
with heart problems such as the need for by-pass surgery. Apparently they don't have the necessary health insurance at home and the airfare is a cheaper option!
Farage is right; we
should not spend taxpayers' money on treating non-citizens except in an
emergency. All legal incomers should be required to have suitable
insurance, proof of which should be provided for Border Control.
Illegals, should be detained as a minimum until they have been checked
for contagious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and if infected should be
Our own citizens must come first, there is a
limit on both money and facilities, and our own citizens should get the
treatment and care that they need, whether is is cancer treatment, hip
replacements or just simple GPs appointments.
Perhaps the cost of all the non-citizens being treated here should be charged to the Foreign Aid budget, after all, that is what it is!
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