Occupation: health journalist
Current MP: Sir Tony Baldry. Conservative majority of 18,227.
Facebook: National Health Action Party - Banbury
"I’m a local newspaper journalist, mother of four grown up children and health services campaigner. I live in Banbury in north Oxfordshire – the constituency right next to David Cameron’s in Witney.
I have spent at least 20 years as a health reporter, informing the public about the never-ending battle against expensive reorganisation, marketisation and cuts in the NHS. Now I want to do as much as I can to stop it.
I've already been involved in a local fight against the downgrading of our district general, the Horton General Hospital, that we were, and still are, the only campaign to successfully persuade the Independent Reconfiguration Panel that the Oxford University Hospitals Trust had got it dangerously wrong. The IRP rejected the plans which would have left a vast and growing population within an 80-mile gulf between Oxford and Birmingham, without acute services.
The escalating costs of the NHS due to an ageing population and medical advances are not confined to the UK but affect all similar countries. The question of financing has to be tackled but our NHS remains the best and most cost effective method of delivering health care. However it could be even more cost effective if we got rid of the market structure. When anyone complains of deficiencies in the NHS they need to be reminded that a major factor is the cost of the market.
The NHA Party’s policies say everything I believe in and will fight for in the 2015 election but mainly that the intention is ‘first and foremost to serve the public interest’.