A HOSPITAL campaigner has set up a Stafford branch of the National Health Action Party.
Karen Howell, who helped spearhead the Support Stafford Hospital campaign, is one of a handful of campaigners seriously concerned about the future of the health service.
The NHA party already exists nationally with branches throughout the country. And the move could mean a Stafford candidate could stand in a general election.
Mrs Howell said: “It is important to inform people about the situation with the NHS and how we feel it is being destroyed.
“I have been considering setting up a Stafford group for some time as I used to be a nurse. Over the years I have seen incompetence from various political groups.
“At the moment we have just set it up and we plan to work hard over the next few months to build it up.”
The national party states on its website that it believes “the Government has misled the public about its plans for the NHS and needs to be challenged at the ballot box”.
Support Stafford Hospital campaigners are still reeling from last week’s announcement that the Mid-Staffs Trust, which runs Stafford and Cannock hospitals, will be dissolved, with Stafford coming under the control of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and some services being downgraded. But there will be a review to look at the viability of keeping a consultant-led maternity unit at Stafford.
Meanwhile, outgoing NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has said he regrets not speaking to patients and their families caught up in the Stafford Hospital scandal. Sir David has come under scrutiny for his role in the scandal.
* Stafford band 195 has written a song Democracy Died about the downgrade of Stafford Hospital, as well as youth service cuts. James Peate and Peter Roch, both 25, and Jason Davidson, 27, will enter it in the Rock the House contest run by Parliament.