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NHA Party calls for 10,000 more GPs

The National Health Action Party has pledged support for ‘the traditional model of British general practice’, including a call for 10,000 more GPs and the reversal of NHS privatisation at the heart of its general election manifesto.

The party, founded mainly by NHS staff in opposition to the Health and Social Care Act 2012, is calling for increased funding of GP services and the freeing of GPs from financial pressures on their decision making.

They say that general practice should be ‘supported by primary care teams working in defined areas, distributed fairly, based on long-term relationships with patients and underpinned by the vital concept of continuity of care’.

The manifesto promises an immediate £4.5 billion investment in the NHS and sufficient investment to close the £30 billion funding gap which has been predicted to open by 2020.

Funding would be raised through income tax increases and a crackdown on tax avoidance, and money saved by scrapping the internal market, renegotiating PFI deals and stopping spending on ‘unnecessary locums’ and management consultants.

The party says: ‘We must restore the NHS as a safe, comprehensive, publicly funded, publicly delivered and publicly accountable integrated healthcare system’.

The NHA’s leader, Dr Clive Peedell, said his is ‘the only party that is serious about fixing our NHS’.

‘We’re the only party that is talking about an immediate cash injection for the NHS. We are the only party that is prepared to back up its pledges with a real commitment. We’re fighting for a healthy NHS that puts patients before profits.’

The party is fielding 12 candidates at the election, including Dr Peedell, a cancer specialist who is standing against David Cameron in Witney, and Dr Louise Irvine, a GP from Lewisham who is standing against Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey.

Their manifesto launch came on the same day as Sir David Nicholson, the former head of the NHS in England, warned that politicians are ignoring the scale of the NHS’s funding problem during the election campaign.

Readers' comments (10)

  • I wish I lived in Witney or South West Surrey.

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  • You don't need 10000 GPs - you need 10000 less so called patients per day.

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  • How about proposing a funded health system? Co-payments and insurance like the rest of the world???

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  • It is important to have the spirit to stand up against the evils who are both openly and quietly trying to burn the flag of NHS and destroy its gatekeepers.
    It is admirable for the courage to actually stand up against two evil leaders though the odds are against you.......

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  • Vinci Ho

    It was me

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  • or 20,000 part - time GPs ( to be more realistic )

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  • Took Early Retirement

    And a magic wand to produce them.

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  • Irrespective of the outcome, it is good to see health professionals standing up for themselves and taking the fight to the lion's den.
    Best of luck

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  • What patients that have the ear of Jeremy Hunt or David Cameron are saying to them is they want what they remember when they were children with the Dr Findlay style GP available 24/7. Those days there were no targets little in the way of treatments and even less litigation. Now there is so many targets so many treatments and every contact or failure to contact a potential GMC or litigation issue. GP's were pillars of the community not pilloried in the press! Little wonder it is no longer an attractive career.

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  • All sounds good until your read the "tax rises" element.

    I'm sure one thing we will all agree on, on this forum, is that we all pay too much tax now without talking about increases again?

    What we actually need to save "our Money" (Not Governments, they don't have any it's ours!) is to reduce the ridiculously over sized Government that we have in this relatively small country of hours.

    650 MP's, a load of crumblies in the upper house and almost a million civil servants all who need wages, Pensions and expenses before we even start to distribute whats left to the essential Government departments such as health, defence, education etc.

    And thats just central Government, then you have to look at local government/Councils etc. We must be the most "over governed" country in the developed world.

    Reduce this by at least a half and we will have the deficit and borrowing solved almost overnight. There will be plenty left for the NHS and for Tax "cuts" and before anyone takes a cheap shot about all those civil servants on the dole, believe you and me their Pension pots are big enough for them to retire on and they will be on far more than the national average salary, so that doesn't wash.

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