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]
NHA party official website
Politics of England
Political parties

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[3][4] and for a reversal of the cuts to NHS funding, services and staff.

The party has announced its intention to stand candidates in a number of constituencies (12 as of November 2014) at the United Kingdom general election of 2015. Targeted seats include those of leading proponents of the Health and Social Care Bill such as David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Jeremy Hunt as well as opponents of the Act such as Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman. Through this process, the party aims to publicise what it sees as privatisation of the NHS.[5]


  • To reverse perceived privatisation and restore a publicly run NHS that provides universal healthcare.[6]
  • 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 Emergency Department closures and hospital re-configurations unless there are evidence-based, clinical reasons with local and staff support and adequate alternatives already in place.


As of February 2015 the party has 64,700 followers on Twitter[7] and 16,000 on Facebook.[8] Famous supporters of the party include best-selling author Mark Haddon[9] and comedian Rufus Hound. The latter stood as an NHA Party candidate in the London constituency for the 2014 European elections.[10]

Electoral performance[edit]

The party has not had any candidates elected.

2015 General Election[edit]

The party is fielding candidates in targeted seats for the 2015 UK General Election. The candidates are:


  1. ^ National Health Action Party official website
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  3. ^ "Former MP to lead new political party opposed to NHS changes". BBC News. 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. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Our Action Plan (2014-02-02). "Our Action Plan | NHA Party". Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  7. ^ National Health Action Party on Twitter
  8. ^ National Health Action Party on Facebook
  9. ^ "Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party (Press Release)". National Health Action Party. 13 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "BBC News - Rufus Hound in Euro elections NHS bid". 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 

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