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New political party will target prime minister and five others implicated in NHS changes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7731 (Published 15 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7731
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

A new political party formed by doctors opposed to the UK government’s changes to healthcare will aim to unseat the prime minister, David Cameron, the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, and the former health secretary Andrew Lansley at the next election.

The National Health Action (NHA) party, launched with the aim of protecting NHS services that it believed were being threatened by the government’s changes and austerity measures, will also target the current health secretary Jeremy Hunt, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws, and the junior health minister Dan Poulter, himself a trained doctor.

The identity of those who will challenge incumbent MPs has yet to be determined, as the selection process is still ongoing. But the party has …

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