National Health Action Party

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National Health Action Party
Co-leaders Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Clive Peedell
Founded 14 May 2012[1]
Headquarters Kidderminster[2]
Membership  (2015) Increase 5,000+
Political position Centre-Left[3]
Colours      Blue
Website
http://www.nhap.org
Politics of England
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Elections

The National Health Action Party (NHA) is a political party in England founded in May 2012 by retired doctor and former MP Richard Taylor and cancer specialist Clive Peedell. The party is campaigning against the privatisation of the English National Health Service[1][4] and for a reversal of the cuts to NHS funding, services and staff. The party opposes austerity and has called for political reform to counter sleaze.[3]

Through standing at local, European and general elections, the party aims to publicise what it sees as privatisation of the NHS.[5]

History[edit]

The passage of the Health and Social Care Act in March 2012 prompted Clive Peedell to co-write an open letter to The Independent with numerous esteemed medical signatories.[6] The letter was highly critical of the Liberal Democrats for their role in the passage of the Act, and stated that the signatories would "form a coalition of healthcare professionals to take on coalition MPs at the next General election, on the non-party, independent ticket of defending the NHS and acting in the wider public interest". Two months later, on 14 May 2012, Dr Peedell co-founded the National Health Action Party with Dr Richard Taylor, who had twice been elected as MP for Wyre Forest on an independent health ticket.[1] The party officially launched in Westminster in November 2012.[7]

Supporters[edit]

As of May 2015 the party has 66,300 followers on Twitter[8] and 18,100 on Facebook.[9]

Famous supporters of the party include best-selling authors Mark Haddon[10] and Philip Pullman,[11] satirist Armando Iannucci[12] and comedian Rufus Hound. The latter stood as an NHA Party candidate in the London constituency for the 2014 European elections.[13]

Policies[edit]

NHA campaign launch 2015. From left to right: Richard Taylor, Paul Hobday, John Lamport, Clive Peedell, Helen Salisbury, Karen Howell, Roseanne Edwards, Louise Irvine, Dave Ash.

The party has a range of policies on healthcare, political reform, the economy, immigration, housing, education and environmental sustainability.[3]

Health[edit]

  • To reverse perceived privatisation and restore a publicly run NHS that provides universal healthcare.
  • To repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, remove the internal market and purchaser/provider split, and end use of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals.
  • To protect the NHS from involvement in international trade agreements such as TTIP.
  • To involve patients and staff in NHS decision processes and reduce reliance on management consultants.
  • To improve public health, social care, housing and other matters that affect the nation's health.
  • To demand a moratorium on hospital re-configurations unless there are evidence-based, clinical reasons with local and staff support and adequate alternatives already in place.

Peedell claims £4.5bn a year can be saved in NHS bureaucracy by dismantling the market structures, while there is potential for another £2bn from renegotiating private finance initiative hospital deals.[14]

Political Reform[edit]

Economy[edit]

Electoral performance[edit]

General Election results[edit]

Year Candidates Total votes Average votes per candidate  % of total vote Average % vote per candidate Saved Deposits Number of MPs
2015[15] 12 20,210 1,684 0.1 3.26 2 0

Local Election results[edit]

Year Candidates Total votes Average votes per candidate Average % vote per candidate Number of Councillors
Local elections, 2014[16] 7 1,177 168 6 0

European Parliament Election results[edit]

Year London constituency MEPs elected
2014 23,253 0

By-election results[edit]

Constituency Date Candidate Number
of votes
 % of
votes
Position
Eastleigh 28 February 2013 Iain Maclennan 392 0.9 6th

2015 General Election[edit]

The party stood 12 candidates at the United Kingdom general election, 2015.[14] Targeted seats included those of leading proponents of the Health and Social Care Bill such as David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt.[17] The candidates were:[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Former MP to lead new political party opposed to NHS changes". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ National Health Action Party official website
  3. ^ a b c NHA website - Policies
  4. ^ Torjesen, Ingrid (25 May 2012). "Doctors opposed to NHS reforms set up a new political party". BMJ (London: BMJ Group) 344: e3734. doi:10.1136/bmj.e3734. ISSN 1756-1833. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Stamp, Gavin (22 May 2012). "Can 'Save NHS' party make an impact at the ballot box?". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ IoS letters: Medics launch national campaign
  7. ^ Medics Act to Save the NHS: National Health Action Party Launch, Thursday 15 November
  8. ^ National Health Action Party on Twitter
  9. ^ National Health Action Party on Facebook
  10. ^ "Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party (Press Release)". National Health Action Party. 13 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "In this week's magazine The power struggle". newstatesman.com/. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  12. ^ "Whichever party spouts it, talk of the NHS budget being ring-fenced is a complete fallacy". independent.co.uk. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Rufus Hound in Euro elections NHS bid". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  14. ^ a b "Election 2015: A party with a prescription for the NHS?". BBC News. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/results
  16. ^ Anfield - 9.9%, Enfield Town - 5.5%, Munster - 4%, Plympton St Mary - 4%, Sitwell - 4%, St Paul's - 15%, Wavertree - 3.3%,
  17. ^ a b NHA - Our Candidates

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