NHA leaders Dr Clive Peedell and Dr Richard Taylor plus seven of the 13 election candidates will be available for interview. Photo oppportunities include a campaign ambulance.
DATE – Thursday March 12
TIME – from 11am; photo opportunity at 11.30am
PLACE – College Green, Westminster
CONTACT – Giselle Green, NHA Party Head of Press, 07767 612311
About the NHA Party
The NHA Party, was launched in 2012 by doctors, nurses, paramedics, NHS staff and ordinary members of the public in opposition to the coalition’s top-down NHS reorganisation, recently condemned by a leading health think-tank as “damaging and distracting” and even dismissed by Tory insiders as “unintelligible gobbledygook.” The NHA Party now boasts nearly five thousand members, 65,000 twitter followers and has been ranked the most Facebook-engaged political party.
The Party has announced it’s fielding 13 candidates at the general election including co-leader and cancer specialist, Dr Clive Peedell challenging David Cameron in Witney and GP Dr Louise Irvine, chair of the successful Save Lewisham campaign, taking on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey. The other co-leader of the NHA Party, the former MP, Dr Richard Taylor, who won 2 elections in Wyre Forest fighting for his local Kidderminster Hospital, will also be standing again.
NHA candidates will be calling for the implementation of the NHS Reinstatement Bill, a halt to NHS privatisation, a moratorium on local A&E and hospital closures and an end to flat-line NHS funding and service cuts. The Party is also highlighting the importance of increased provision for general practice and mental health and is opposing the damaging Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Party says public health and wellbeing must be a priority in all policy areas, and is demanding an end to austerity policies, measures to tackle the housing crisis, a more accountable EU, and parliamentary reform to stop MPs’ conflicts of interest.
The NHA Party is regularly quoted in the media, from the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the Independent, to the Spectator, New Statesman and Huffington Post. NHA spokespeople have appeared on a range of TV and radio programmes including ITV news, the Today Progamme, the World at One, BBC News Channel, BBC Daily and Sunday Politics shows, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky News, 5live, You & Yours, LBC, the World Tonight and numerous local BBC radio stations. You can check these all out here: http://nhap.org/nha-in-the-news/. Even Russell Brand is talking about the NHA Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLowOw8pIY0&sns=fb (6:40 in).
The NHA Party general election candidates
- Dave Ash – Sutton and Cheam – technical manager, founder member of Keep our St Helier Hospital, challenging former Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow.
- Roseanne Edwards – Banbury – health journalist, Save Horton General campaigner.
- Rik Evans – Truro and Falmouth – businessman, ex-vice chair of Royal Cornwall NHS Trust, resigned over privatisation of NHS services.
- Rebecca Fox – Camberwell & Peckham – cancer charity project manager; campaigning for reopening of emergency clinic at Maudsley Hospital, challenging Harriet Harman.
- Dr Bob Gill – Old Bexley & Sidcup – Sidcup GP, campaigning against downgrading of Queen Mary’s Hospital.
- Dr Paul Hobday – Maidstone and The Weald – Local GP for over 30 years, campaigning against downgrading of Maidstone Hospital.
- Karen Howell – Stafford – former nurse, health visitor and charity worker for the elderly, founder of Support Stafford Hospital campaign.
- Dr Louise Irvine – South West Surrey – Lewisham GP, chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, founder member of NHA Party, on BMA council, challenging Jeremy Hunt.
- Dr John Lamport – Nottingham East – Junior doctor, survived cancer as a teenager, challenging Labour’s Chris Leslie.
- Dr Clive Peedell – Witney – consultant cancer specialist, founder and co-leader of NHA Party, on BMA council, chair of NHS Consultants’ Association, challenging David Cameron.
- Dr Helen Salisbury – Oxford West & Abingdon – Oxford GP, teaches Oxford University medical students, challenging Tory incumbent with majority of 176 in 5th most marginal seat .
- Dr Richard Taylor * – Wyre Forest – former MP and member of Health Select Committee, founder and co-leader of NHA Party, campaigned to stop the downgrade of Kidderminster Hospital.
- Dr Carl Walker – East Worthing & Shoreham – Brighton University psychologist, co-founder of campaign group Psychologists Against Austerity, successfully campaigned to stop BUPA contract for musculoskeletal services in West Sussex.
* Dr Richard Taylor will be running as a candidate for Independent Community & Health Concern, which is affiliated to the NHA Party. This is because he is known locally for ICHC, founded in 2000 and for which he was elected as an MP in 2001 and 2005. ICHC has a number of local councillors.