Can you help Kathryn Anderson’s campaign to protect and improve our NHS?

The Waltham Forest and North London NHA groups invite you to meet Kathryn Anderson and join her parliamentary campaign in Chingford and Woodford Green for the 2015 General Election.

Kathryn writes:

Friends,

I’m Kathryn Anderson and I’m writing to introduce myself and to ask you to assist my campaign team for next year’s General Election. You may have already seen that I’m the prospective parliamentary candidate for the NHA in the constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green where Iain Duncan Smith is the current MP.

We are holding a meeting on Monday 8th December at 7pm. The venue is the Duke of Wellington Pub, 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL. The meeting room is accessible.

The aim of the meeting will be to organise on-the-ground assistance with street stalls, leafleting, etc. If you’re not in a position to be out and about perhaps you could help with our social media campaign. I’m sure we can find lots to do whether you can offer a regular commitment in the run up to the election or just an odd hour every now and then.

I’m inviting members and supporters from a wider area than just the constituency. As you know the party isn’t in a position to stand many candidates and we welcome local campaigners who are willing to lend a hand, or who just want to stay connected.

If you’d like to know more please get in contact via NHAPartyWF@gmail.com or contact me directly via nhakathryn@outlook.com

I look forward to meeting you on the 8th.

Many thanks

Kathryn

You can read more about Kathryn here.

The venue can easily be reached from the constituency, is a short bus ride or walk from the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington or from the overground stations in Dalston, London Fields or Hackney Downs. For further directions to the Duke of Wellington please follow this link.

For details on the NHAP website, please see the link here.

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Vote NHA to send a message to politicians that you will not stand for the demolition and privatisation of our NHS.

The National Health Action Party will be fielding candidates in the London region of the European Elections on May 22nd.

A big vote for the NHA party will send a strong message to politicians across the political spectrum that the public will not stand for the demolition and privatisation of our NHS.

The other main plank of the campaign is making it a top priority to exempt the NHS from the secretive TTIP trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the US. This deal would open up the NHS to American private health companies and make privatisation permanent. Any future government would not be able to get out of contracts with private companies even if it wanted to.

Dr Louise Irvine, chair of the Save Lewisham Campaign, will be the lead candidate on the NHA Party’s list. The theatre and TV star Rufus Hound, a passionate NHS supporter, will also be running. The full list of 8 candidates will be announced shortly.

In the Euro Elections, you vote for a party not an individual. Voting is via proportional representation with seats allocated according to the number of votes received by each party. The more votes, the more people on the party list will be elected. It’s estimated that around 200,000 votes are needed in the London region to get one MEP elected.

If you want more information on the NHA Party, please check out the NHA Party website: http://nhap.org/

For more on the Euro Elections, go to: http://nhap.org/european-elections-may-22nd/

There will be campaigning in areas across London between now and the election on May 22nd. See the Events page of the NHA Party website for details: http://nhap.org/events/

If you would like to volunteer to do leafleting in your area or outside your local hospital, please email: contact@nhap.org

Please help us by sharing this blog post with friends, family and colleagues. We need to spread the word.

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National Heath Action Out and about in Waltham Forest – Euro election campaigning

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Today, Saturday 29th March the National Health Action Party Waltham Forest local group welcomed Dr Louise Irvine back to the borough for a whirlwind tour of Highams Park, Chingford and Walthamstow. Sorry Leyton – we’ll visit soon! Dr Irvine is standing as the NHAP’s primary candidate for the European elections alongside Rufus Hound and Highams Park resident Andrew Sharp (who is the co-founder and leader of the NHAWF group).

Travelling around the borough we encountered many people who are concerned that Whipps Cross Hospital is under threat of closure. Again! To the best of our knowledge closure is not on the cards but we do know that services at the hospital are under review. The results of this review will not start to become clear until June. Services may be moved or downgraded. This would be disastrous for our health, especially as community care nationwide has already been cut back. No care at home, no care at Whipps Cross. Where would the residents of Waltham Forest go to be cared for? If Barts Health Trust do mess with Whipps Cross – our only general hospital- we will need a straightforward and comprehensive answer to this question.

We also know that staff morale at Whipps Cross is terrible. We met quite a few members of Whipps staff today who are feeling unsettled and worried and several who are leaving the hospital in the coming weeks because they can’t bear to continue working at our hospital. Low staff morale tends to lead to poorer quality of care. We will continue to watch the situation at Whipps Cross very closely.

There was comfort to be taken from meeting the people of Waltham Forest. We were reassured to learn that so many people across the borough share our concerns about the NHS and what our politicians are doing to our services. People from across the political spectrum are receptive to our mission to protect and improve our NHS and to stop our politicians continuing to disrupt and privatise our NHS. We received lots of pledges to vote National Health Action Party on 22nd May for which we can only say THANK YOU WALTHAM FOREST!

We’ll be out and about again soon and hope to meet more of our fantastic borough’s residents then.

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Londoners campaigning for the National Health Action Party at the European elections

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This evening members of our local group were joined at Whipps Cross hospital by Dr Louise Irvine, the National Health Action Party’s lead candidate in May’s European elections and Dr Jacky Davis, contributor to the book NHS SOS – How the NHS was Betrayed and How We Can Save It.
The local NHA group was also joined by members of Waltham Forest Save Our NHS which is holding an open meeting at the Healthwatch Pop-up Shop at Hoe Street Central, 137 Hoe Street, Walthamstow on Monday 31st March from 18.30 until 19.45. WFSON invites all members of the public to join the meeting and hear what other locals are doing to defend our NHS.

Dr Irvine returns to our borough tomorrow. Dr Irvine will be joining fellow MEP candidate Andrew Sharp, a Highams Park resident who has lived in the borough since 2003. The pair will be campaigning on Station Road, Chingford from 11 to 12 and at the top of Walthamstow Market from 12.30. They are hoping to become MEPs for 3 key reasons:
Reason 1. TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty currently being negotiated by the European Parliament. NHAP calls for the NHS to be exempted from this treaty because it allows private companies to sue the British government for loss of potential earnings if NHS services are not opened up to competition, irrespective of the views of the electorate, 84% of whom wants the NHS to remain publicly- run. None of the major parties are bothered enough about the fate of the NHS to be leading the fight to get our health service exempted from TTIP.
Reason 2. Public Health
There are vital public health issues that Europe legislates around: the environment and pollution, the regulation of medicines and doctors, food labelling and food safety. NHAP wants to prioritise public health in all policy decisions.
Reason 3. Use your vote to stand up for the NHS. Or lose it.
A vote for the NHA at the Euro elections to send a strong, clear message to politicians from across the political spectrum that the demolition and privatisation of our NHS must stop.

Please come and find us to learn more about how you can help to save our NHS.

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