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Stafford Hospital campaigner launches town branch of political party

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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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.

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“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.

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  • Staffpatient  |  March 06 2014, 11:05AM

    This is good news in one respect in that the town needs an NHA branch here but we also need an NHA candidate to stand for the next election, unless Jeremy Lefroy jumps ship to become to Independent we can rely on neither the ConDems or Labour to work towards what is needed. Too many vested interests in private healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. We need a fully functioning hospital, the children and pregnant women are at risk while too many play politics with their lives. We expect and deserve better than scraps from the table of UHNS and those who we employ to look after our best interests in preference to their own.

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  • Barry Davies  |  March 06 2014, 8:19AM

    Well other the Jeremy LeFroy who has faught for the Hospital it is pointless voting for any of the three old parties, the eu trade agreement with America will open up the NHS to wholescale Privatisation, and we won't have the NHS anymore, none of those parties will do anything to alter that position. There are no natural allies for the NHS in the three old parties after all there was more outsourcing of NHS services under Labour than under the tories who started it all, and the Lib dems have shown no intent of keeping the NHS.

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  • Andy54  |  March 05 2014, 10:04PM

    I cant see the point in not fielding a candidate in Stafford as the above comment suggests. I would have thought that this would be the very town where they would be elected especially if it was one of the founders of SSH who stood.

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  • Rowan_Draper  |  March 05 2014, 8:55PM

    People know that Labour have been leading the fight here in Stafford and that we are determined to explore every avenue to keep our hospital services open. We talk regularly to all of the different groups who are working to stop our NHS being sold off, and as we pull together material for judicial review of service losses at the hospital have been making sure we keep the NHA in London, Lewisham and elsewhere informed. They have been very supportive of our determination to fight on through these last months, and although we've never asked, have volunteered that they won't stand a general election candidate in Stafford. We'd expect to work together, and are delighted that the NHA Party are here to help: after all, NHA Party and Labour activists are natural allies – in Stafford we both care about keeping our hospital above all! Published originally: http://tinyurl.com/ngywf9s

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