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Why GPs should vote UKIP

As part of our series written by GPs representing different political parties, Dr Jonathan Munday argues UKIP’s corner

UKIP will invest an extra £3bn in the NHS - not for salaries, but to train and finance more GPs and nurses to help with the workload. The party will raise this money from cuts to overseas aid and EU budgets. We will invest an extra £130m per year in dementia care (double what the Tories are promising) and an extra £1bn in elderly social care.

UKIP will prevent new migrants from accessing the NHS for five years and insist they hold private health insurance to ease demand on NHS services. In 2012, the Tories allowed anyone in the UK to sign up with a GP, even US tourists. For too long we have been an international health service and a government report in October 2013 suggested that £2bn a year is being wasted on ‘health tourism’. This policy would also improve GPs’ private income.

We will reintroduce SEN status for nurses who want just to nurse patients, scrap tuition fees for medical students and abolish hospital parking charges, which are costing patients £200m a year.

UKIP will oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the EU/US trade treaty that could permit giant US health firms to compete for any NHS service.

We will end the expensive farce of appraisal and revalidation and will abolish the CQC, handing over NHS inspections to locally elected health boards.

Dr Jonathan Munday is the UKIP candidate for Wellingborough and a GP in Pimlico, south London

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Readers' comments (21)

  • UKIP has my vote.Uncontrolled immigration has been a disaster for the NHS.The majority of patients attending our local A/E are eastern Europeans who want a hospital referral for everything.I would also suggest that you abolish that Marxist-leninist monstrosity known as the RCGP.When we raised our concerns tothe local rcgp rep about the pressures on the NHS caused by migrants we were effectively told to button up as they genuinely had greater healthcare needs.

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  • would like to vote UKIP but worry that there are a lot of closet racists - tackle that and they will get my vote.

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  • Which areas are you talking about ?.those who see no problem with migration don't tend to live anywhere where the problem effects them ..whether it be schools, health, social services.

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  • It's all the same too big a step to trust UKIP - if I was an immigrant person i would not

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  • Sadly out of all the parties UKIP have the most sensible health policy at the moment and are not making unfulfilable promises.They get my vote on this alone.

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  • Got my vote

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  • At least you say it how it is. The rest live in cloud cuckoo land.

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  • It seems to be the only "affordable" solution to the crisis but I fear a vote for UKIP will be a wasted vote and allow the Laborious party back in via the back door!!

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  • Let them eat cake.

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  • Always difficult to see a well nourished person advocate cutting overseas aid.

    Let them eat cake.

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