National Health Action Party

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National Health Action Party
Leader Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Clive Peedell
Founded 2012
Headquarters Kidderminster[1]
Colours     [2]
House of Commons English & Welsh seats
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European Parliament English & Welsh seats
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London Assembly
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Welsh Assembly
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Local government (England & Wales)
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Website
NHA party official website
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The National Health Action Party (NHA) is a political party in England founded in May 2012 by retired doctor and former MP Dr Richard Taylor and cancer specialist Dr Clive Peedell. The party is campaigning against the privatisation of the English National Health Service;[3][4] for a reversal of the cuts to funding, services and staff that have been forced on the NHS by the Government; and for restoration of the responsibility of the Health Secretary for providing health care, introduced when the NHS was founded in 1948 and removed by the 2012 Act.

The party has announced its intention to fight in a number of constituencies (12 as at September 2014) at the next general election. Candidates are standing primarily against leading proponents of the Health and Social Care Bill including David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Jeremy Hunt. As well as aiming to oust these MPs, their campaign aims to publicise nationwide the privatisation that is taking place – without any electoral mandate– in the NHS.[5] As of September 2014 the party has more than 60,000 followers on Twitter.[6]

Policies[edit]

  • To return to NHS principles of publicly provided universal healthcare, putting patients before profits.[7]
  • To repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, remove the wasteful internal market and purchaser/provider split, reverse privatisation, end ruinously expensive Private finance Initiative (PFI) deals and protect the integrity and independence of the NHS from international trade agreements such as TTIP.
  • To involve patients and staff in improving the NHS 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 closures of A&E and hospital re-configurations unless there are evidence-based, clinical reasons with local and staff support and adequate alternatives already in place.

Supporters[edit]

Unlike other parties, the NHA Party does not have any big-money backers and relies for its funding on the contributions of supporters who wish to see the survival of the NHS as a publicly funded, publicly provided universal health service free at the point of use. Supporters of the party include TV host Jonathan Ross and best-selling author Mark Haddon.[8] Comedian Rufus Hound stood as an NHA Party candidate in the Euro elections.[9]

General Election Candidates 2015[edit]

Dr Richard Taylor will stand again for Wyre Forest where he was MP from 2001-2010 as the Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern (ICHC) candidate.[3] Cancer specialist Dr Clive Peedell will stand against Prime Minister David Cameron in Witney (UK Parliament constituency). Kathryn Anderson, specialist nurse, will stand in Iain Duncan Smith's constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. Dr Louise Irvine, a General Practitioner in Lewisham and the chair of the Save Lewisham Campaign, will stand in Jeremy Hunt's constituency of South West Surrey. Dr Paul Hobday, a GP, will stand in Maidstone and the Weald. Naveen Judah, an accountant and disability campaigner, will stand against Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam (UK Parliament constituency). Dave Ash, a hospital campaigner, will stand in Sutton and Cheam (UK Parliament constituency). Karen Howell, a hospital campaigner, will stand in Stafford (UK Parliament constituency). Dr Bob Gill, a GP, will stand in Old Bexley and Sidcup. Dr Carl Walker, a mental health expert, will stand in East Worthing and Shoreham. Rik Evans, a health board executive who stood down in protest at NHS privatisation, will stand in Truro and Falmouth. Roseanne Edwards, a health journalist, will stand in Banbury (UK Parliament constituency).

Electoral performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Health Action Party official website
  2. ^ http://nhap.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/NHA-leaflet-london-back.pdf
  3. ^ a b "Former MP to lead new political party opposed to NHS changes". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  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. ^ National Health Action Party on Twitter
  7. ^ Our Action Plan (2014-02-02). "Our Action Plan | NHA Party". Nhap.org. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party (Press Release)". National Health Action Party. 13 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "BBC News - Rufus Hound in Euro elections NHS bid". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 

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