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Independents' Day

GP candidates will fight Hunt at the ballot box

A GP is set to challenge the heath secretary’s seat at the next general election as a candidate for the National Health Action (NHA) party.

Lewisham GP Dr Louise Irvine, who chaired the successful ‘Save Lewisham Hospital’ campaign which overturned the decision to close the local A&E, will challenge the South West Surrey seat next year.

Two other GP swill be standing for the NHA Party - retired Maidstone GP Dr Paul Hobday, and Dr Bob Gill, also from Kent.

The party says it is aiming to reverse the role of private health organisations in the NHS and halt the denigration and disinvestment in the NHS where ‘professional bodies, media and opposition parties’ have failed.

Dr Irvine said: ‘I’ve faced Jeremy Hunt in the courts – and beaten him twice. Now I’ll face him at the ballot box.’

Dr Gill said: ‘The privatisation agenda is shared by all mainstream parties… The last thing on my mind was getting into politics but given the track record of our elected representatives the decision was made easier.

Dr Irvine was recently voted number 28 in Pulse’s Power 50 list of the UK’s most influential GPs and has previously stood as a National Health Action Party candidate for the European parliament, winning 23,000 votes.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Good luck Dr Irvine! But apparently Jeremy Hunt is a very special person and therefore exempt from any criticisms of his outrageous actions (included in these exemptions are The Daily Mail, other media outlets and anybody with lots of money and political influence)-please factor in this lunacy.

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  • More power to her and her colleagues!

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  • Vinci Ho

    On the level of social justice , I fully respect what you are doing.
    On the level of reality , politics is a dangerous game . Running a political campaign is expensive although I still believe certain values can never be bought by money. But money can create illusion(s) and can be used to run propaganda . These are two very important ingredients in politics . Belonging to a political party is a baggage and it poses a risk of losing your halo of morality and righteousness. Your every action will be closely watched by public but more seriously your financial 'sponsors'. It is so important to retain independence and not to be 'owned' by somebody or anybody . Of course , it is easy for a guy like me 'on the street' to criticise .
    Sun Yat Sen , father of modern China, was qualified in a medical college in Hong Kong but he gave up his medical career to pursue revolutionary politics . He wanted to 'save' even more people in the country. At the end , he had to give away his presidency to a warlord dictator as a political concession. And he also died relatively young unfortunately.
    In the TV series of Game of Thrones , Ned Stark and his son both died as they insisted with what they believed was code and honour , clearly did not understand the ugly side of politics.
    I might be a coward but I stand by my suggestion to Sarah Wollaston that she should resign from her party to preserve the halo on the top of her head .......
    If you think this is pessimistic and discouraging , I am sorry........

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