LETTER: UKIP’s £3bn boost for health service

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I am grateful for this opportunity to answer L.N. Price concerning our UKIP policy for the future of our NHS (WSCT, January 29, 2015).

It has to be said that his assertion of an alleged privatisation with an American style insurance system is quite incorrect.

What Nigel Farage actually stated in response to Andrew Marr’s questions on his 9am show January 25, 2015, and I quote, was: ‘We have debated this issue and it has been rejected, I accept that.’

He went on to state that UKIP would fund an immediate annual increase in the NHS budget of £3bn. This based upon the release of taxpayers’ fiscal resources arising from our intended EU exit.

This is no ‘relatively small and final pot’ as L.N. Price would have us believe. Far from it.

It is indeed a most useful and welcome amount in the region of some £20-23bn most probably available for the 2015-16 national budget, as projected, given the forensic fiscal analysis undertaken these past three years, 2012-13-14 by Professor Tim Congdon, economist(source: Cap 1, The direct fiscal cost. How much does the European Union Cost Britain. Tim Congdon, 2014 Edition).

This has revealed that our own UK Treasury’s estimate of this fiscal portion of cost of UK contribution to EU Budget has been consistently underestimated by some£1.5 to £2bn, rising, and may well have reached some £3bn by 2015 calendar year’s end.

We may well ask just why it is that 11 Downing Street has apparently not seen fit to have drawn our attention to this useful and sizeable ‘pot’, its own Government’s EU policy and the insatiable appetite of Brussels for our UK taxpayers’ money.

With George Osborne struggling to bring down our current 2014-15 UK budget deficit of some £91bn then some £20-23bn would surely be welcomed not only by him, indeed our own taxpayers, but also a share of it by our NHS, currently cracking at the seams.

By contrast L.N. Price’s own favoured Lib-Dems would struggle to raise £2bn from some form of debatable mansion tax. Apparently he would find this satisfactory and sufficient for our NHS.

Facts speak for themselves, and he may like to read our current UKIP 2014 publication: ‘Policies for People’ and our section on the National Health Service, which reads as follows: ‘UKIP will ensure that the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.’

This publication is now being distributed here in Horsham.

GRAHAM HARPER

Stane Street, Adversane