Doctor wins seat in fight to save hospital

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1443
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    Richard Taylor, the doctor who took a parliamentary seat from a Labour minister in the battle to save his local hospital, has vowed that he will fight against the privatisation of the NHS.

    Dr Taylor, a retired physician, caused the biggest upset of election night when he overturned a Labour majority of 6000 votes to take the seat of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. He had fought his campaign to reverse the downgrading of Kidderminster Hospital, and it clearly captured the imagination of the electorate. Dr Taylor polled 28487 votes compared with sitting MP David Lock's 10857 votes.

    Dr Taylor, who worked at the hospital for almost 25 …

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