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I read with interest the letter from Tim Macpherson, the Labour parliamentary candidate, presumably for the next General Election, although he has yet to be adopted as the candidate because the General Election starting gun has not been fired and therefore he is probably Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate, and so this is mistake number one.

The second mistake is his statement on the NHS, saying the following: “UKIP wants to abolish it”.

This statement is complete and under rubbish and is a shocking lie. We request that Tim Macpherson apologies and withdraws his statement at the earliest opportunity.

For the avoidance of doubt, and for the likes of Tim Macpherson, UKIPs policy on the NHS is as follows:-

UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.

We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.

We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.

We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.

UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.

We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.

UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.

There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.

Tim Cross

UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate

Worthing West constituency

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