Domestic Violence: Labour Fans Paint Cameron Strangling Woman on House

This charming mural has been daubed on the side of a house in Filton and Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire alongside a placard backing Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton:

It reads “NHS: Safe in his hands?” and shows David Cameron strangling a female nurse:

Another ‘weaponising’ victory in Labour’s ‘NHS Week’.

H/T Bradley Stoke Journal

Labour Weaponising Nurses for Miliband Speech

Labour’s “NHS week” is going well. First, a poll found only 13% of GPs back Miliband. Then Andy Burnham’s big NHS poster launch ended in a gaffe and everyone spent the rest of the day talking about the SNP.

Now Guido can reveal how Labour are cynically stage-managing Miliband’s NHS speech in Manchester this morning. A leaked email from regional party director Anna Hutchinson to the GMB union shows Labour attempting to weaponise nurses ahead of the speech:

From: Anna Hutchinson
Date: 17/04/2015 13:48
Subject: Ed Miliband speech – Tuesday 21st

On Tuesday 21st April, Ed Miliband will deliver a speech on the future of the NHS at the Health faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University… Whilst the majority of the audience will come from the University, a limited number of places are available. If you have members who would like to apply, please ask them to email me direct at xxx@labour.org.uk
 
We would particularly like to welcome those who work in the NHS and would encourage them to wear their uniforms to demonstrate the strong support Labour enjoys amongst health workers.

To think cynics say this election is too stage-managed…

More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask Phil Woolas if you think they are joking…

Up in Wirral West they are throwing the absolute kitchen sink at Esther McVey, but given all the ammo they have with her, this Labour leaflet looks very sloppy:

“Tories have: Cut thousands of nurses, doctors and GPs”? Odd, given that since 2010 there are 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses providing healthcare, according to official NHS statistics. Even odder that Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger had no qualms delivering this leaflet when she visited the seat on Saturday. Given that the local Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood claims to be an NHS expert, you might have thought she would know what she was talking about.

Nigel Farage Was Right About Health Tourism

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Nigel Farage has been round condemned by the commentariat for suggesting that treating foreigners for free on the NHS was not right and that we should, like 46 other countries, not admit foreigners who are HIV positive.

The cost for treatment for HIV positive patients is some £20,000 or more for anti-retroviral drugs every year. Once HIV treatment is started, patients will probably need to take the medication for the rest of their lives. In total, the cost to the NHS could be up to £1 million per patient if they survive into old age from their early twenties.

Of the 107,800 people estimated by Public Health England to be HIV positive an astonishing 59,300 are originally from Africa. The cost to the NHS to treat just them alone with anti-retrovirals would be £1,186,000,000 per annum – and the numbers are rising. Such is the alarm at the cost that 20 Tory backbenchers (including former NHS GPs Dr Sarah Wollaston and Dr Phillip Lee) tried unsuccessfully to amend the Immigration Bill to make it law that before new immigrants enter the country, they must prove they are not HIV-positive and not suffering Hepatitis B – an equally devastating illness that is also incredibly costly to treat. The same demand that Nigel Farage made and George Osborne refused “to dignify with a response“.

Go into any London NHS hospital and you will find them full with non-English speakers, truly London is the capital of the world. The taxpayers who pay for the NHS are not stupid, the issue of health tourism is one which NHS users will have direct experience of in the waiting room. The issue is a real issue according to the latest polling research Guido could find, with 29% of the population blaming health tourism for long waits at Accident and Emergency, ahead of any government policy failings:

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The NHS budget is not yet part of the foreign aid budget, nor should it be. Despite the distaste of the political class, the screams of outrage from the gay lobby and the commentariat, the facts are the facts. On this billion pound question, Farage was right about the facts.

UPDATE: [VIDEO] Farage Defends Health Tourism “Hard Cold Facts”

Freeman At the Point Of Use

Ed Miliband reassured a concerned member of the public in Huddersfield this morning that he doesn’t use private healthcare. Indeed, apparently he doesn’t know anyone who does:

“Not me and not anyone I know.”

Unfortunately not everyone got the memo. Here is Labour’s star new endorser Martin Freeman speaking to the Sunday Times in 2012:

“I live in a big house and I clearly have more money than anybody in the history of my family and that’s afforded me more choice. Do I use the private sector? Yes. I do because I can and I realise that the difference between the people who do and don’t is the wherewithal to do it. Do I support the NHS? Of course I f****** do. I still use it, but would I use private healthcare? Yes. I’ve got a map on my wall of Victorian London that cost 6½ grand, so why, if someone from my family needed something that was life or death, would I not spend my money on that?”

More joined up campaigning from Labour…

Jeremy Hunt Slashes NHS Tech Fund

 

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Jeremy Hunt trolled NHS staff at a health conference yesterday by claiming that the millions of pounds slashed from a flagship NHS technology launched to help securely integrate digital record keeping, was not a cut in funding – he had merely “staged the rollout” of funds.

Hunt’s comments come after NHS England’s admission last month that NHS organisations who applied to the Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund would receive £43 million between them instead of the £240 million that was promised when the fund was announced. As a result of this “staged rollout”, most of the proposed NHS IT projects are effectively dead in the water. The suspicion is that Hunt has diverted the funds to frontline services because the tech proposals were rubbish…

NHS Admit Medical Records Are Not Safe

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The NHS has finally admitted what everyone has known for years: they can’t guarantee the security of the information gathered by their Care.data programme. Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s national director for patients and information, admitted on Tuesday that the security of patients medical records “can never be 100 per cent guaranteed”. In 2013 Mr Kelsey assured that Care.data “does not put patient confidentiality at any risk”…

Despite his admission, Mr Kelsey and the NHS are keen to push ahead with their plan for a giant central database of every NHS patients personal health information.

You can opt out of the Care.data system by clicking here

Envy of the World Update

Jeremy Hunt is currently giving a statement to the House on today’s independent report investigating a hospital in Morecambe Bay. It found:

  • 11 unnecessary deaths at Furness general hospital between 2004 and 2013
  • “a culture of denial, collusion and incompetence”
  • maternity unit was “seriously dysfunctional”
  • midwives behaviour so reckless they were nicknamed “the musketeers”
  • “a series of failures at almost every level”
  • “clear evidence of distortion of the truth in responses to investigation”
  • “inexcusable” and “unprofessional” collusion by staff
  • “repeated failures to be honest and open with patients, relatives and others raising concerns. The trust was not honest and open with external bodies or the public”

The report concludes: “Today, the name of Morecambe Bay has been added to a roll of dishonoured NHS names that stretches from Ely hospital to Mid Staffordshire”. It was not a one-off…

NHS Used to Lure US Tech Firms to Britain

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The government is trying to attract US tech companies to the UK by tempting them with the prospect of being treated on the NHS as part of the “expat experience”. Alongside access to free healthcare, US companies who take […]

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Quote of the Day

Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better […]

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WATCH: Angry Burnham’s Newsnight Nightmare

Andy Burnham’s car crash with Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark is well worth a watch:

 

A very tetchy Shadow Health Secretary began the interview by admitting “there is a role for the private sector”, then piled into the Tories for […]

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Exclusive: Massive NHS Network Failure: “Most Users Affected”

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Another day, another NHS crisis. TechnoGuido can reveal there has been a massive internal IT failure causing chaos in hospitals across the country. The NHS internal broadband network known as N3 has gone down with most users affected nationwide. The […]

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