National Health Action Party

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National Health Action Party
Co-leaders Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Clive Peedell
Founded 14 May 2012
Headquarters Kidderminster[1]
Membership  (2015) Increase 5,500
Political position Centre-Left[2]
Colours      Blue
Website
http://www.nhap.org
Politics of England
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Elections

The National Health Action Party (NHA) is a centre-left political party in England.[2] The party grew out of the movement opposing the 2012 Health and Social Care Act,[3] and campaigns for renationalisation of the English National Health Service as well as improvements to NHS funding, service provision and staffing.[4][5] Despite focussing on health, the party claims to have a range of policies in areas such as the economy, housing, and education. These include opposition to austerity and a call for political reform to counter sleaze.[2]

The party is currently led by co-founders Clive Peedell and Richard Taylor, supported by an executive committee of healthcare professionals, experts and lay individuals.[6] Having stood candidates in local and European parliamentary elections in 2014, the party contested 12 seats in the 2015 general election, coming seventh in England according to the popular vote.[7]


History[edit]

The passage of the Health and Social Care Act in March 2012 prompted cancer specialist Clive Peedell to co-write an open letter to The Independent with numerous esteemed medical signatories.[8] 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, Peedell co-founded the NHA Party with retired doctor Richard Taylor, who had twice been elected as MP for Wyre Forest on an independent health ticket.[3] The party officially launched in Westminster in November 2012.[9]

Supporters[edit]

As of May 2015 the party has 66,700 followers on Twitter[10] and 21,500 on Facebook.[11]

Famous supporters of the party include best-selling authors Mark Haddon[12] and Philip Pullman,[13] satirist Armando Iannucci[14] and comedian Rufus Hound. The latter stood as an NHA Party candidate in the London constituency for the 2014 European elections.[15]

Policies[edit]

The party has a range of policies on healthcare, political reform, the economy, immigration, housing, education and environmental sustainability.[2]

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.

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[7] 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
2014 7 1,177 168 6 0
2015 4 638 160 3.1 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]

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 stood 12 candidates at the United Kingdom general election, 2015.[16] Targeted seats included those of leading proponents of the Health and Social Care Bill such as David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt. The candidates were:[17]

None won.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Health Action Party official website". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "NHA website - Policies". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/results
  8. ^ IoS letters: Medics launch national campaign
  9. ^ Medics Act to Save the NHS: National Health Action Party Launch, Thursday 15 November
  10. ^ National Health Action Party on Twitter
  11. ^ National Health Action Party on Facebook
  12. ^ "Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party (Press Release)". National Health Action Party. 13 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "In this week's magazine The power struggle". newstatesman.com/. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "BBC News - Rufus Hound in Euro elections NHS bid". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Election 2015: A party with a prescription for the NHS?". BBC News. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  17. ^ NHA - Our Candidates

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