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How Ukip plan to invest in the NHS

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

He had to do it one day, and this morning Nigel Farage announced Ukip's health programme.

Ukip have long had to fight off suggestions from the other parties that they want to charge for access to GPs and privatise the NHS.

Mr Farage started by reaffirming his personal commitment by saying he had spent a lot more time with the NHS "than most people alive today" after his cancer treatment and plane crash.

Ukip want to be absolutely clear that the NHS will be free at the point of access and paid for by taxation, regardless of an internal party debate there has been about insurance.

They also want to:

  • Spend £3 billion more a year on the NHS, paid for by leaving the EU
  • End 'health tourism' by insisting visitors to the UK have insurance
  • Use the money saved by that to end charging for parking at hospitals
  • Provide 20,000 new nurses, 3,000 midwives and 8,000 more GPs
  • Pilot programme to put GPs in A&E departments to reduce wait times

This is a first, and important step, towards making Ukip more than a one trick party.

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