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Clive Peedell: Pet hate is the “yes men” in medicine

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6598 (Published 05 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6598


Clive Peedell is running hard. He ran 260 km (160 miles) from Nye Bevan’s statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London to protest against the 2012 Health and Social Care Act and 66 km for the 66 years of the NHS in support of the recent “Jarrow march for the NHS.” He’s also running for election as a candidate of the National Health Action Party, which he co-leads, challenging David Cameron in the solid Conservative seat of Witney, Oxfordshire. An oncologist at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, he is motivated by his objection to the incursions of the market and the private sector into the NHS.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a professional footballer. I had trials with Leyton Orient and Oxford United but wasn’t good enough. I did …

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