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Doctors run 'Cleggython' to protest against NHS reforms

Two doctors, including a BMA Council member, have run 35 miles dressed as Prime Minister David Cameron and ‘Cleggy’ to raise awareness of their objections to the Government’s NHS reforms.

Dr Clive Peedell, a consultant oncologist and BMA Council member, and fellow oncologist Dr David Wilson ran the 35-mile ‘Cleggython’ from the Department of Health Leeds base to Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency.

Dr Peedell, who co-founded a political protest party against the Government’s reforms last November - was dressed as the prime minister and was accompanied by Dr Wilson on a lead and dressed as an orange poodle.

Once there, the false PM and his Cleggy pet delivered an NHS ‘death certificate’, which they say the Liberal Democrats have co-signed by allowing the Health and Social Care Act to become law.

There will be a crucial vote in the House of Lords on the 24 April attempting to block the Government’s controversial rules on competition for CCGs. The rules were redrafted in March due to opposition from commissioning leaders and the RCGP, but commissioning leaders still warn they will place unnecessary obligations on CCGs that will hinder their ability to put patients’ needs first.

Dr Peedell said: ‘With the new legislation having come into effect on April 1st 2013, it signalled the end of the English NHS as we know it. We now have an English Health Service, not an NHS.

‘To mark this momentous point in the history of the NHS, a mock death certificate of the NHS [was] issued at the start of the “Cleggython”, which aimed to raise public awareness of the role the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats have played in dismantling and increasingly privatising our NHS, despite having no democratic mandate to this.’

 

Readers' comments (6)

  • Hurrah -at least someone is standing up for the NHS. Where is the BMA over section 75? bringing up the rear as usual...

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  • Well done Clive and David! Fantastic!

    Good article in Yorkshire Post too so i really hope people realise what is going on at last.

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  • Next protest is 65 miles on 65th birthday of NHS. We will run from DH in London to Cameron's Witney constituency to bury the NHS coffin.
    More details here: www.nationalhealthaction.org.uk

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  • Good to see some protest but far too little and far too late. Systems have been shattered and organisational memory lost with disgruntled staff leaving the NHS. These last few months under this system has convinced me we are heading for a confused and very costly system – very sadly I have had enough and have resigned.
    Let’s hope all the shattered pieces can be put back and we don't lose any down the ever widening cracks.

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  • Could the next run take you through a number of marginal LibDem/Tory seats (it may make even more of a tangible impact)?

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  • Harry Longman

    Well run gents. How about a one from Richmond House to the Kremlin in Leeds? OK a relay. Will do Leics section with you.

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