Letters: Verity Connolly, February 3, 2015

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I have just received my campaign leaflet from Toby Coke UKIP parliamentary candidate for North West Norfolk and I was very interested in the part regarding the NHS and in particular our local hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

My interest came as I was of the understanding that UKIP favoured a complete privatisation of the NHS. I came to these conclusions because the UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2012 was quoted stating “I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare.”

UKIP’s Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall posted a letter on his website (since deleted) congratulating the coalition government for “bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service”. He then went on to say “The problem, however, goes far deeper.

I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted”.

Just this week it was revealed that the party secretary of UKIP, Matthew Richardson, described the NHS as a “socialist Reichstag” and the “biggest waste of money in the UK”. Only this month Paul Nuttall insisted “It might be better if you brought in a private company who you could hire and fire on results.”

Yet over the last few months UKIP are now stating that they support a free at the point of care NHS. Toby Coke has also stated in the campaign leaflet that they do not want a international health service.

Does he mean he wants to stop non British Citizens from using it or wants to stop it being sold off on the international market via the TTIP? Again UKIPs stance on the TTIP is confusing as it seems to change.

So what are we to believe? Who is to say they wont change their mind again? Or have they decided to just say what they feel the public want to hear I order to win votes? I for one do not trust them.

Verity Connolly,

NW Norfolk Green Party