A former Lib Dem activist and local party chairman has defected to the newly formed National Health Action Party.
Dr Graham Winyard, who was also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England & Wales, accused politicians of all parties of betraying the NHS and said the mid-Staffs scandal was the direct result of meddling and bullying by both Labour and Tory governments.
Dr Winyard , who is the ex-Chair of Winchester and Chandlers Ford Liberal Democrats, is calling on the constituents of neighbouring Eastleigh to vote for the candidate representing the National Health Action Party in the by-election at the end of the month.
The NHA Party announced their Eastleigh candidate on Friday, local doctor and former Navy medical officer Iain Maclennan.
The NHA party was founded in November by a group of healthcare professionals to safeguard and improve the NHS and provide the public with MPs they can trust. One of the co-leaders of the party is Dr Richard Taylor who successfully stood twice as the independent MP for Wyre Forest, campaigning largely on a single issue, that of restoring the Accident & Emergency department of Kidderminster Hospital.
Full statement from Dr Graham Winyard:
"Politicians of all parties have betrayed the NHS. Targets and markets do not motivate staff nor make them more caring. The scandal of mid-Staffs is the direct result of 20 years of top-down meddling and bullying by both Labour and Conservative Governments. Endless reorganisation distracts the NHS from improving patient care. We all know this and the Coalition promised an end to top-down change, when seeking our support at the last election. They then steamrollered the most radical and expensive set of changes the NHS had ever seen, ignoring all advice. The only people to benefit are the private sector. The voters of Eastleigh have a unique chance to demand a return to the original values of the NHS by voting for the National Health Action party."
Notes to editors: Dr Graham Winyard is available for interview on Sunday inWinchester. Please call to arrange: 07867538262. For more information on Dr Winyard:http://t.co/t9aaXqz
National Health Action Party candidate forEastleigh, Dr Iain Maclennan will be going walkabout on Sunday February 10th at 2.30pm accompanied by Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the Party.
Venue: EastleighHealth Centre, Newtown Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AG. Contact mobile number for Dr Maclennan: 07958 418078.
Press liaison Ann McGauran: 07710 099635
Press release on Eastleigh by-election:www.nationalhealthaction.org.uk/eastleigh-doctor-challenges-governing-parties/