National Health Action Party press release 29 May 2017
The National Health Action Party have today released their 2017 Election Manifesto.
Dr Alex Ashman, junior doctor and NHA co-leader,
"We are constantly being promised a public debate about the future of the NHS. The time to have that debate is now, at the ballot box. We want an honest and open conversation on how our public services are run.
We want the public to be given the facts so they can make an informed choice as to who runs their country. Opaque references to 'sustainability', 'transformation' and 'accountable care' in long documents are not enough to inform public opinion.
The conversation needs to be had on every street corner, on every bus, at every dinner table. In South West Surrey our candidate Dr Louise Irvine has got that conversation going and people of all parties, and none, are getting behind her campaign to challenge Jeremy Hunt.
Our manifesto lays out what we believe are the key themes necessary to restore our public services, our democracy, and our country. We want to see excellent education, health and support services providing the foundation for a strong economy. Above all, we want an NHS that puts people before profits. Strong and stable just isn't good enough - we want a government with a heart."
Link: Our 2017 Manifesto
The National Health Action Party was founded in 2012 by Dr Clive Peedell and Dr Richard Taylor. The party stood candidates at the 2014 European Elections and 2015 General Election.
Dr Louise Irvine is a GP who stood against Jeremy Hunt in the 2015 and is standing in South West Surrey once more, with cross-party support. She has previously defeated Hunt in court, as chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign.
Dr Ashman is a surgical registrar who joined the NHA in 2012 having seen first hand the effects of marketisation and privatisation on the NHS. He has been on the NHA national executive committee since 2013. He was elected to one of the party's co-leader positions in December 2016.