Speaking at a UKIP event in Stoke, Paul Nuttall, UKIP leader and candidate in the Stoke Central by election said:
“Yes they may well have founded [the NHS] in 1948, but today they have come to resemble an abusive parent.
“I refuse to be hectored by a party that oversaw the Mid Staffs scandal. A scandal for which no one in senior management was sacked!
“I refuse to be lectured to by a party that allowed MRSA to become commonplace on our wards.
“I refuse to be accused of wanting to privatise the NHS by a party that actually did privatise 5% of our health service when they were in power.
“And finally, I refuse to take lessons from a party that has saddled the NHS with a debt of nearly 80 billion pounds through the signing of crazy PFI contracts.
“I now want to make something crystal clear: UKIP has never and will never – under my leadership – enter any election calling for the privatisation of the NHS. Full stop.
“I want to repeat this: UKIP will never – under my leadership – enter any election calling for the privatisation of the NHS. Period.”
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