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Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party

Bestselling author Mark Haddon is accusing the government of dismantling the NHS and is backing the newly formed National Health Action Party.

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Founded by doctors and other health care professionals, the NHA Party is fielding its first ever candidate, at the Eastleigh by election. The party, which is also planning to field 50 candidates at the General Election, wants to reverse the current drive for privatisation of NHS services, halt the £20bn cuts and re-focus hospital trusts on patient outcomes rather than financial targets.

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Mark Haddon, who shot to fame with his best-selling book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”, about a maths genius with Asperger’s Syndrome, said: 

“The present government is dismantling the NHS and quietly removing our universal right to free health care. Astonishingly, none of the main political parties seem bothered. The National Health Action party is the only party genuinely committed to standing up for the NHS.”

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The NHA Party’s candidate in Eastleigh is 55 year old Dr Iain Maclennan, a retired GP, ex-Navy medical officer and public health consultant. He says all parties are to blame for wrecking the NHS:

“We must reverse Labour’s conversion of  hospitals into finance-driven entities and we must reverse the coalition’s plans to sell all the nation’s healthcare to private bidders. If we fail, there will be many more cases like Mid Staffs.”

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On Sunday, a prominent ex-Lib Dem local party chairman and former NHS chief defected to the NHA Party. Dr Graham Winyard, former Chair of Winchester & Chandlers Ford Lib Dems and the ex-Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England & Wales, called on voters in Eastleigh to send a strong message to the other parties by supporting the NHA Party:

“The scandal of mid-Staffs is the direct result of 20 years of top-down meddling and bullying by both Labour and Conservative Governments. Endless reorganisation distracts the NHS from improving patient care.  We all know this and the Coalition promised an end to top-down change, when seeking our support at the last election.  They then steamrollered the most radical and expensive set of changes the NHS had ever seen, ignoring all advice.  The only people to benefit are the private sector. The voters of Eastleigh have a unique chance to demand a return to the original values of the NHS by voting for the National Health Action party.” 

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Notes to editors: Dr Iain Maclennan will be canvassing today (Wednesday)

in Eastleigh at 11am. He will be in the pedestrianised area at the entrance to the Swan Centre in Wells Place.

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The National Health Action party was launched last November. Further details are available from the website www.nationahealthaction.org.uk

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Media Contacts:

Giselle Green: 07767 612311 (national media)

Ann McGauran: 07710 099635 (local media)

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