GP bids to be MP to 'save the NHS'

A Northumberland PMS GP has been spurred on by the privatisation threat to general practice to stand as an independent in the next general election.

Dr Steven Ford hopes to represent Hexham, Northumberland, the constituency his practice, Haydon and Allen Valleys, is in. He wants to overcome the 5,000 Conservative majority with a 'Save our primary care' message.

Dr Ford said the recent row over budget cuts to PMS practices in the area had 'played into his hands'.

He fears village and small-town GP surgeries will disappear within a generation.

'The government is taking steps to weaken our position. I don't believe patient care can be bought and sold,' he said. Dr Ford called for other GPs to join him in standing for parliament.

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