I’ve been a Lewisham GP for 20 years. I’m the Chair of the successful Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign which saw the biggest community mobilisation in living memory to defend a local hospital and defeated the Health Secretary in the Court of Appeal. I have been a medical educator for 15 years, teaching GP trainees and medical students.
As a programme director for GP training in Lewisham, it's important to me to help develop the next generation of doctors. I am often struck by their enthusiasm and idealism. I worry for their future if we continue down the path of a fragmented, privatised, underfunded NHS. I’ve seen at first hand the damage done by this government’s health policies.
I want to use this election to raise awareness of the imminent danger posed to the NHS by the EU-US trade agreement which will allow American companies to carve up the NHS and make the privatisation process irreversible. I also 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.
If elected, I will strive to ensure that EU regulations don’t adversely affect the NHS and are always in the best interests of the health of British people. The health of the nation spans all areas of policy from the environment to the economy.