GPs urged to bid for MPs' seats

GPs have been challenged to stand as independent MPs in the next general election with a mandate to rid the NHS of political interference.

Dorset GP Dr Andrew Bailey has written to GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman urging the BMA to train a posse of GPs ready to fight on the ‘depoliticisation' ticket.

He says GPs should target key Labour marginals and aim to unseat their MPs. 

In 2001 Dr Richard Taylor, a retired physician, defeated Labour minister David Lock to win Wyre Forest with a majority of 17,630 as an independent.

He campaigned to resist downgrading Kidderminster General Hospital. 

In the 2005, general election he became the only independent MP ever to retain their seat.

However, GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said that the BMA cannot support prospective candidates because it has an ‘apolitical stance'.

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