PARLIAMENTARY REPORT: Back From Break!
After the Bank Holiday break, MP’S returned today for another busy week in the corridors of Westminster.
Today, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faced questions over the running of his department as the NHS faces another scandal. This time it relates to a systems failure which saw 450,000 women between the ages of 68-71 in England not being called to attend routine breast screening tests. It was revealed that staff who are dealing with concerned women have had only one hours training. Jeremy hunt defended this in Parliament today.
UKIP will put in place effective and powerful healthcare monitoring. NHS managers should be subject to disciplinary oversight as are doctors and nurses who are regulated by the GMC and the nursing and midwifery council. We will introduce a licence to manage where incompetent or negligent managers are dealt with and are not moved sideways or re-employed elsewhere in the NHS. As for Jeremy Hunt defending the one-hour training given to staff, he should question himself ask is this really adequate? He should be called back into the health select committee to answer further, more penetrating questions.
Wednesday will see Labour MP Gareth Thomas put forward his Bill asking for “a peoples vote” on the final Brexit withdrawal bill.
On this occasion, I must quote Margaret Thatcher and say “No, No, No”. The decision to leave the EU was taken on June 23rd, 2016. What needs to happen is all the Remainers need to stop frustrating the process and make Brexit a success. People must realise that the status quo would not have remained if the country decided to remain. This is set out in The Five Presidents Report which shows that the EU is working towards further monetary, economic and Parliamentary integration that will lead to a bureaucratic superstate with unelected leaders.
We should be saying to the EU ” we are leaving on the 29th of March 2019. We will trade on WTO rules and when you the EU are ready to do a trade deal on our terms then we can talk”.
Finally coming before the public administration and constitutional affairs team at Number Ten will be David Liddington who is Minister for the Cabinet. They will be discussing what lessons can be taken from the fall of construction giant Carillion.
Started under John Major and accelerated under Labour, the PFI scandal was an absolutely appalling decision. During the GE2017 in a hustings I asked David Drew now Labour MP for Stroud, if he could explain why Labour had signed PFI contracts and why his Party had allowed the continuation of these and why, by the time these contracts, initially £14 billion of capital cost, had run their course, the NHS will be forced to pay out a total of £76 billion? He could not give me a concise answer and just stated: ” we got a few hospitals built”. UKIP will not let the NHS be privatised through the back door. We will end the use of PFI contracts within the NHS. Contracts should not be given to one company – as the saying goes you should not put all your eggs in one basket.