We have announced we are running in the London region for the Euro elections on May 22nd. Elections to the European Parliament are by region using the Proportional Representation system of voting. You vote for a party, not an individual, and each party is allowed up to 8 candidates (in London) on their party list. The more votes your party receives, the more candidates from your list will be elected. It’s estimated that in the London region we need around 200,000 votes (out of a total of nearly 6 million) to get one candidate elected. It is do-able, so a vote for the NHA Party is not a wasted vote by any means. Due to limited funds, we are having to focus on the London region at present, so you need to live in the London area to be able to vote for the National Health Action Party in these Euro elections.
Our declared candidates to date for the London region are:
Dr Louise Irvine
I’ve been a Lewisham GP for 20 years. I’m the Chair of the successful Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign which saw the biggest community mobilisation in living memory to defend a local hospital and defeated the Health Secretary in the Court of Appeal. I have been a medical educator for 15 years, teaching GP trainees and medical students.
As a programme director for GP training in Lewisham, it's important to me to help develop the next generation of doctors. I am often struck by their enthusiasm and idealism. I worry for their future if we continue down the path of a fragmented, privatised, underfunded NHS. I’ve seen at first hand the damage done by this government’s health policies.
I want to use this election to raise awareness of the imminent danger posed to the NHS by the EU-US trade agreement which will allow American companies to carve up the NHS and make the privatisation process irreversible. I also want to alert the public to the gravity of the threat to the NHS from this government with its programme of cuts, hospital closures and privatisation and to send a powerful message to politicians in Westminster and Brussels that people will not stand by and let their NHS be destroyed.
If elected, I will strive to ensure that EU regulations don’t adversely affect the NHS and are always in the best interests of the health of British people. The health of the nation spans all areas of policy from the environment to the economy.
According to Wikipedia, I am a comedian, actor and presenter. Oh, and the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. However, the thing I'm proudest of are my two kids. Their lives, the lives of their children, their grand-children and their great grand-children will most likely depend on one of the single greatest achievements of any civilisation - the NHS.
In 1948, Great Britain resolved that being broken wasn’t your fault. If bits of you got smashed off, started going wrong or gave up entirely, then a National Health Service would do it’s best to stick them back on, put them right or find you a new one. It essentially made being healthy a human right. We can’t let that creation die.
I really don’t want to be a politician, but none of the mainstream political parties are fighting to stop the dismantling and privatisation of our NHS. It’s up to us - all of us - to save it.
I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Lewisham. I played a prominent role in the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and testified before the Peoples Inquiry into London’s NHS on the dangers of poorly planned A&E closures.
I am a keen tenor and featured in Gareth Malone’s “The Choir: Sing While You Work” series on the BBC as a member of the Lewisham Hospital choir.
I have witnessed Department of Health appointees in partnership with private sector management experts dust off an abandoned and discredited reconfiguration scheme at the cost of millions of pounds, while forgetting to address key concerns such as Children's health, Mental health and Women's health.
I have lived and worked in places where healthcare isn't free and I am very worried that the UK populace are unaware of how close they are to losing this unique institution for good. I am passionate about the NHS, about the underlying ethos of providing medical treatment to all free at the point of delivery.
I am a married father of two young sons and I’ve lived in London for 18 years. I am a Director at a children's book publishing company where I am responsible for our digital output and for licensing our books to overseas publishers and other media companies.
My passion for the NHS stems from the care my family received from the NHS when I was a child. I intend to guarantee that the NHS is still there for my grandchildren when their families need it as much as mine did.
Like most people I want the NHS to remain publicly operated so that it can be properly accountable when things go wrong for patients, properly funded so that staff are not so rushed off their feet that they don’t have adequate time for my family while under their care. I also want the NHS to be coordinated so that when we are ill we do not get passed from one private provider to another – rarely does anybody rely on just one NHS department to resolve their health issues.
I no longer feel able to stand by and allow our politicians to purposefully cause our NHS to disintegrate.
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I've been a registered nurse for 35 years and have worked extensively in both the UK and Australia. I'm a lead nurse in a large NHS trust in North London and live in Archway.
When I returned to work in the NHS in June last year, after a long gap, I noticed a big change. It’s estimated that around 6000 nursing posts have been removed from the NHS since the Tory/Lib Dem coalition came to power and so many of my colleagues are frustrated at these changes and feel helpless in stopping them. The calculated and strategic way in which this government is cutting funding and thereby running NHS services into the ground can only mean one thing – preparation to sell off our precious NHS to the highest bidder.
If the NHS is not exempt from the TTIP, the EU-US Trade Deal currently being negotiated, this will without doubt happen. The NHS belongs to the people who built it and paid for it, not to this or any government and we cannot allow this to happen. That is why I am fighting to save our NHS.
I am a 27 year-old trainee surgeon currently working in Bristol. I studied for six years in London at UCL, and I have worked in NHS hospitals as a junior doctor for the last four years.
I've seen first-hand the rationing of surgical procedures and the cherry-picking of easy cases by privately-owned treatment centres, both of which harm surgical training and thus future patient care. I'm worried that further privatisation of the NHS by the coalition government will make things worse still, and that the EU-US Trade Deal will lock in this privatisation, making it impossible to reverse the damage.
I am a full-time mother of three young girls living in South London. I write for the New Internationalist and Open Democracy and am an ardent campaigner for the NHS with a particular interest in maternity. I am the Lay Chair of Lewisham Hospital’s maternity committee which represents the interests of Lewisham women and their infants.
I believe we absolutely have to fight the closures that face our hospitals and maternity services. We cannot go back to the dark days when women and their babies died in childbirth for want of a properly trained midwife or doctor.
I am a journalist and writer of popular science books such as "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You" and "We Need to Talk About Kelvin". I am cosmology consultant of New Scientist magazine and a regular broadcaster on national radio and TV. According to the Daily Telegraph, I'm also the 5th most influential UK tweeter over fifty, behind Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson, Gary Lineker and Lord Sugar and the most influential tweeter about David Cameron!
I was born in the NHS and have always used the NHS. If I had six letters to describe what makes Britain Britain, they would be NHS-BBC. The NHS is being dismantled by stealth by this government and the BBC, for reasons which are unclear, has kept the public in the dark about what is happening.
I live in London and am married to an NHS nurse.
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