In his haste to rebut the contents of this video, Nigel Farage revived the County Health Boards proposal as set out in ukip’s last comprehensive health policy. A policy which I have been told on Twitter by some ukippers, is no longer ukip’s health policy, but, by others, that it is.
In his Independent article of Thursday 13th November Nigel Farage wrote, “We’ll replace the centralised, top-down organisations such as the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards which will pay more attention to local problems and whistleblowers.”
ukip earlier this year said it would “revert to local Health Boards, also giving some Boards the freedom to impose prescription charges.” “The majority of health care spending” would be devolved to “elected County Health Boards, making spending decisions directly accountable to the public locally.” ukip thinks this would reduce costs not increase them. Hardly the case when one looks at the increased cost of administering free schools.
Once the NHS has been balkanised, broken into 83 parts (not including London), as Farage proposes, then no one can say what that would mean in terms of charging for services etc. What it does mean is that our public health care system would cease to be a national one.