Lewisham GP Dr Louise Irvine – a leading campaigner for a group that defied health secretary Jeremy Hunt over plans to downgrade Lewisham hospital – will be running in the European elections, as a candidate for the National Health Action (NHA) Party.
Dr Irvine, chair of the successful ‘Save Lewisham A&E’ campaign, said that the NHS was under threat from a forthcoming US-EU trade deal.
She hopes Londoners will vote for her to send a ‘powerful message’ to politicians in Westminster and Brussels to stop the demolition of the NHS.
Dr Irvine said: ‘I am standing because I care passionately about defending the NHS. I’ve been a London GP for 20 years and I have seen the damage done by this government’s policies of top-down reorganisation.
‘I want to alert the public to the gravity of the threat to the NHS from this government with its programme of cuts, hospital closures and privatisation and to send a powerful message to politicians in Westminster and Brussels that people will not stand by and let their NHS be destroyed.’
Dr Irvine is a candidate foe the NHA Party, a political party described as ‘formed by a group of like-minded healthcare professionals’ to challenge the government over NHS reforms.
Formed in 2012, the NHA party is led by Dr Richard Taylor, the former independent MP for Wyre Forest, and by oncologist Dr Clive Peedell, who is also the co-chair of the NHS Consultants’ Association.