The BBC’s Home Editor, Mark Easton, is very pro immigration, telling us we must all get used to it……maybe that’s why he and the rest of the BBC seem to have ignored this report:
True scale of European immigration
An EU study has found 600,000 unemployed migrants are living in Britain – a 42 per cent rise
More than 600,000 unemployed European Union migrants are living in Britain at a cost of £1.5 billion to the NHS alone, according to an EU report.
The authoritative study, obtained by The Sunday Telegraph, shows the number of jobless European migrants coming to Britain has risen dramatically in the past five years, intensifying demands for the Government to renegotiate EU membership.
Opponents of the EU seized on the figures to suggest Britain could not afford to allow European migrants to come here at will while continuing to provide a universal benefits system.
The BBC has in fact been reporting the complete opposite of that for a while now, creating the impression that immigration and ‘health tourism’ isn’t a problem for the NHS…..pressing a point that in fact we must treat everyone otherwise they would represent a health risk to the nation.
To me that would indicate that immigration should be controlled, to the BBC et al, that immigration isn’t the problem and all services should be provided for the immigrants.
Those working in the NHS are much less exercised about the health tourism “problem” than politicians.
There are good public health and moral reasons why the health service provides treatment for infectious diseases such as TB and in emergencies.
Non-emergency care is a much greyer issue – and that is why ministers are now talking about applying a levy for that.
On Twitter, shadow public health minister Diane Abbott said: “What price xenophobia?
Stigmatising foreigners accessing NHS creates a public health risk.”
The National Aids Trust said the policies would “undermine years of work to encourage marginalised at-risk groups to access HIV testing and treatment”.
Chief executive Deborah Jack said “limiting access to primary care for some migrants” would cut off “the only place many of them will get an HIV diagnosis – short of presenting at A&E many years after they were infected once they are very seriously ill”.
She added: “If they go ahead, they risk putting lives at risk and accelerating the spread of HIV in the general population.”
Mark Easton hasn’t bothered with that latest report revealing the costs to the NHS of mass immigration, and of course the cost in services that would otherwise have gone to the people who are entitled to the service and now do not receive it.
Easton is more concerned with attacking the Daily Mail for having had some meetings with Government…..strange he doesn’t mention the meetings with the Guardian and the [independent?] BBC…over ‘policy’…or any other media outlet.
Could it be that he mentions the Mail because he is trying to suggest that the Mail’s story on Ralph Miliband was a Tory plot…even though the Mail is outside the political cliques?:
Mark Easton ?@BBCMarkEaston 7 Oct
Importance of Mail to govt. illustrated by 4 lunches with @George_Osborne and @dannyalexander in May/Jun https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/246388/hmt_ministerial_transparency_april_june_2013.pdf
Mark Thompson: BBC chief talks to No 10 about selling the cuts The director-general of the BBC has been accused of risking the corporation’s editorial independence after it emerged that he attended a private Downing Street meeting to discuss coverage of Government spending cuts.
The only comment on the report is a ‘what the papers say‘ link to the telegraph….so they know but tuck the story away……in a quiet corner of the ‘UK News’ page:
Newspaper review Papers focus on immigration at home and abroad
Very eye catching.
Mark Easton has other things on his mind: