Redditch hospital campaigner, Neal Stote, to stand for NHA in General Election
We may be a small party but our candidates are all knowledgeable about the NHS and passionate about public service - qualities lacking in many MPs from the main parties. Neal Stote fits the bill perfectly, his fight for the 'Alex' - the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch - has earned him great respect amongst NHS campaigners so we are very pleased to announce that he is standing as a candidate for the NHA for the general election.For the last 11 years Neal has campaigned to keep the Alex open and safe, despite opposition from the local Conservative MP and Central Government. Throughout this campaign he fought hard for the people but in the end he was so angry with the hypocrisy of his MP, Karen Lumley, he started a petition which said "Mrs Lumley campaigned on the assertion that the Alex was saved. She misled many constituents . We are angry, we are disappointed and we call on Mrs Lumley to put her record to the test by resigning and fighting a by-election. " We think he may be unique in taking such a direct approach!
Neal is fighting against the loss of public services across the board.. Public transport has been cut and getting to newly centralised services, including the hospital is becoming increasingly difficult as a result..
Neal feels very strongly that two party politics have let Redditch down. His battle has become more than just fighting for the hospital, all health services across the town have been decimated. Social care is becoming more and more difficult to access. Mental health services have been cut. Early Help and Childrens Centres have been closed down. The effect of benefit cuts and low pay have pushed even more people into poverty, and the percentage of children living in poverty in Redditch County has increased. Cuts to education and the high thresholds imposed for children with special needs has resulted in minimal classroom support for hard pressed teachers.
He has had enough. He is taking his fight for the NHS, for public service, to the ballot box on June 8.
Deborah Harrington 07511668284 or Jessica Ormerod 07771985335
The National Health Action Party was founded in 2012 as a response to the Health and Social Care Act which removed the Secretary of State for Health’s Duty to Provide the NHS and introduced full competitive tendering.