National Health Action Party

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National Health Action Party
Co-leaders Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Clive Peedell
Founded 14 May 2012
Headquarters Kidderminster[1]
Membership  (2015) Increase 5,500
Colours      Blue
Website
http://www.nhap.org

The National Health Action Party (NHA) is a political party in the United Kingdom.

The party grew out of the movement opposing the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.[2] It campaigns for renationalisation of the privatized parts of the English National Health Service, reductions in outsourcing as well as improvements to NHS funding, service provision and staffing.[3][4] Despite focusing on health, the party has a range of policies in areas such as the economy, housing and education. These include opposition to austerity and a call for political reform.[5]

The party is currently led by co-founders Clive Peedell and Richard Taylor.[6]Having stood candidates in local and European parliamentary elections in 2014, the party contested 12 seats in the 2015 general election, coming seventh in England according to the popular vote.

History[edit]

The passage of the Health and Social Care Act in March 2012 prompted the party’s co-founder Clive Peedell, a cancer specialist doctor, to co-write an open letter to The Independent alongside esteemed medical signatories.[8] The letter was highly critical of the Liberal Democrats for their role in the passage of the Act and stated that the signatories would “form a coalition of healthcare professionals to take on coalition MPs at the next General election, on the non-party, independent ticket of defending the NHS and acting in the wider public interest”. Two months later, on 14 May 2012, Peedell co-founded the NHA Party with retired doctor Richard Taylor, who had twice been elected as MP for Wyre Forest on an ‘independent health’ component to his local hospital party name.[2] The party officially launched in Westminster in November 2012.[9]

Supporters[edit]

As of December 2015 the party has 70,000 followers on Twitter and 23,750 on Facebook.[10]

Cultural figures[edit]

Best-selling authors Mark Haddon[11] and Philip Pullman,[12] satirist Armando Iannucci[13] and comedian Rufus Hound. Hound stood as an NHA Party candidate in the London constituency for the 2014 European elections.[14]

Policies[edit]

The party has a range of policies on healthcare, political reform, the economy, immigration, housing, education and environmental sustainability.[5][15]

Health[edit]

  • To reverse perceived privatisation and restore a publicly run NHS that provides universal healthcare.
  • To repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, remove the internal market and purchaser/provider split, and end use ofPrivate Finance Initiative (PFI) deals.
  • To protect the NHS from involvement in international trade agreements such as TTIP.
  • To involve patients and staff in NHS decision processes and reduce reliance on management consultants.
  • To improve public health, social care, housing and other matters that affect the nation’s health.
  • To demand a moratorium on hospital re-configurations unless there are evidence-based, clinical reasons with local and staff support and adequate alternatives already in place.

Political reform[edit]

Economy[edit]

Electoral performance[edit]

General Election results[edit]

Year Candidates Total votes Average votes per candidate  % of total vote Average % vote per candidate Saved Deposits Number of MPs
2015[7] 12 20,210 1,684 0.1 3.26 2 0

Local Election results[edit]

Year Candidates Total votes Average votes per candidate Average % vote per candidate Number of Councillors
2014 7 1,177 168 6 0
2015 4 638 160 3.1 0
2016 0 0 0 N/A 1*
* Defection of Liberal Democrat community councillor to party in June 2016 [16]

European Parliament Election results[edit]

Year London constituency MEPs elected
2014 23,253 0

By-election results[edit]

Constituency Date Candidate Number
of votes
 % of
votes
Position
Eastleigh 28 February 2013 Iain Maclennan 392 0.9 6th

2015 General Election[edit]

NHA campaign launch 2015. From left to right: Richard Taylor, Paul Hobday, John Lamport, Clive Peedell, Helen Salisbury, Karen Howell, Roseanne Edwards, Louise Irvine, Dave Ash.

The party stood 12 candidates at the United Kingdom general election, 2015.[17] Targeted seats included those of leading proponents of the Health and Social Care Bill such as David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt. The candidates were:[18]

The twelve candidates collected a total of 20,210 votes and saved two deposits, but n

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