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The waiting game

GP stands for election to European Parliament

A London GP has promised to send a ‘powerful message’ to the Government over its NHS reforms if she is elected as a candidate in the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Dr Louise Irvine, a GP in GP in New Cross, south east London, and chair of the ‘Save Lewisham A&E’ campaign, announced she will be standing for the National Health Action Party in the European Parliament elections on the 22 May 2014.

Dr Irvine said the NHS was under threat from an impending EU-US trade deal and the Government’s policies of ‘top down reorganisation, cuts and privatisation’.

She said: ‘I want to use this election to raise awareness of the imminent danger posed to the NHS by the EU/US trade agreement which will allow American companies to carve up the NHS and make the privatisation process irreversible.

‘I also want to alert the public to the gravity of the threat to the NHS from this Government with its programme of cuts, hospital closures and privatisation and to send a powerful message to politicians in Westminster and Brussels that people will not stand by and let their NHS be destroyed. 

‘If elected, I will strive to ensure that EU regulations don’t adversely affect the NHS and are always in the best interests of the health of British people. The health of the nation spans all areas of policy from the environment to the economy.’ 

Dr Irvine was one of Pulse’s ‘true heroes of general practice’ in 2013 for her headline-grabbing campaign to prevent the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department last year, that culminated in a victory at the High Court.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Vinci Ho

    (1) NHS is a 'flag' which should fly in its true colours .
    (2) This flag does not belong to any government or politician who might have thought that was the case

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    ' Is there something of the Trojan Horse about the Health and Social Care Bill? No top down reorganisation of the NHS promised on the outside but perhaps the greatest upheaval in the organisation's history inside.

    At Prime Ministers Questions last week David Cameron said: 'We are not reorganising the bureaucracy of the NHS, we are abolishing the bureaucracy of the NHS.' ' Telegraph 19/03/2011

    Politicians lie and change the facts to suit their Lobbyist's agenda that they have sold their soul to for funding for their re-election bids.

    Time to out the open lie, that the NHS is not being privatised. We as GPs know it, the media know it, but like the emperor's new clothes the true facts are still unclear to the general public.

    Political change only comes once they smell the wind of change, and personally I hope she wins and brings the truth out.

    Time to stop the forced tendering of NHS services so the private sector can cherry pick contracts - cutting services in the name of finding efficiency, while just increasing profits for their companies.

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  • Before GPs go and sit in the European Parliament they should look closer at home like the RCGP which stinks of prejudice, bias and racism.

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