Green Party candidates supporting proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill

PLEASE NOTE: This page was written prior to the General Election in May 2015. The information below is provided for historical interest only, and refers to individuals that were MPs and candidates prior to the General Election.

Natalie Bennett and the Green Party nationally are supporting the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill.

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavillion, was the first MP to support the campaign.

Caroline Lucas, alongside co-sponsor Andrew George MP (Liberal Democrat, St Ives) presented the NHS Bill (based on the second version of the NHS Reinstatement Bill) in parliament on 11th March 2015.

Over two hundred Green prospective parliamentary candidates have personally stated their support – see the complete list.

Natalie Bennett
Leader of the Green Party, and parliamentary candidate, Holborn and St Pancras
“The two key principles in the NHS Reinstatement Bill, the removal of the market mechanism and the return/maintenance of public ownership and operation of NHS services and facilities,are critical to the future of our wonderful, effective NHS. The importation of US companies and ideas – from a country where healthcare costs twice the percentage of GDP as it does here, with poorer results – has to be resisted at every turn. The profit motive has no place in healthcare.”

 

 

Shahrar Ali
Deputy Leader of the Green Party, and parliamentary candidate, Brent Central

“Clinicians daily inspire us with their dedication. We owe it to them, and ourselves, to maintain the integrity of healthcare provision in hospitals, clinics and community services. There is no place for the profit motive and every place for a culture of service, competence and humility. Greens will protect and enhance these vital services with zeal.”

 

 

Jillian Creasy
Health spokesperson for the Green Party, and parliamentary candidate, Sheffield Central

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. I qualified as a doctor in 1982 and became a principal in General Practice in 1987. So I have worked through the marketisation and privatisation of the Tory and Labour years and now the Coalition. Bringing in private providers does not only fragment services and leach money out of the public economy, it threatened the whole ethos of public service. Staff across the board have been forced to concentrate on prices and targets, instead of thinking about how to maximize the quality of care. Nothing short of complete reversal of privatisation will restore the NHS we know and love.”

 

Pippa Bartolotti Leader Wales Green Party Newport WestPippa Bartolotti
Leader, Wales Green Party/Arweinydd Plaid Werdd Cymru, and  parliamentary candidate, Newport West

“I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Greens will not just end privatisation in the NHS and reverse the cuts. We will go further and ramp up the provision for mental illness as well as providing free Social Care for the elderly . It’s a question of priorities, and properly funded prevention of bad health and the speedy treatment of illness is one of our foremost priorities.”

 

Alasdair Ibbotson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Alyn and Deeside
“I unreservedly oppose privatisation in our NHS – no good can be served by allowing the already-rich to suck profit out of people’s illnesses. It is in this spirit of putting health above profit that I am delighted to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill and hope that whoever is elected for Alyn and Deeside will support its inclusion in the first Queen’s Speech after the election.”

 

Isabel Thurston
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Arundel and South Downs
“The NHS is a vital and cherished service and should be given full public funding to become more effective, and not starved of money. Our health and peace of mind are too important to be handed over to businesses whose main interest is profit and who are too vulnerable to failure.”

 

 

Mandi Rossi Green Party AshfordMandy Rossi
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Ashford

“The NHS Reinstatement Bill has my full support.  It’s vital that we protect the NHS in order that future generations may benefit from it.  I strongly believe that it should be a public service that is publicly funded, and publicly provided.  The NHS Reinstatement Bill aims to do just that, it would stop the commercialising and privatisation of the NHS.  It’s my opinion that we need this Bill urgently.”

 

Ian Middleton Green Party BanburyIan Middleton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Banbury

“I am supportive of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS needs to be firmly rooted in public ownership and managed efficiently in-house. Health care cannot be monetised or leveraged, as recent events have shown, such as the A&E meltdown and the withdrawal of Circle Health from the only privately run NHS hospital in the country. It’s also an expensive mistake that tax payers will all be footing the bill for in the long term. Let’s not throw ourselves into the position we see in the USA, where many people are now just one car accident or serious illness away from bankruptcy.”

 

Michael Short Green Party candidate, Barnsley CentralMichael Short
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Barnsley Central

“I offer my full support for the NHS Reinstatement Bill and this campaign.

Profit has no part to play in public health, there should be nobody making money from the sick and vulnerable of our society. Money coming from the NHS should be put straight back into the NHS.”

 

Dominic Tristram Green Party BathDominic Tristram
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bath

 “I fully support this bill. It is long standing Green Party policy to remove competition, reverse privatisation and run the NHS as a fully public service for people, not profit. Market forces cannot allocate healthcare fairly, nor even efficiently. The internal market has wasted badly needed resources on administration, reduced the efficiency and morale of the whole system, and opens the long term possibility of further privatisation of the NHS. It is our policy to scrap it.”

 

Alistair Polson Green Party Bethnal Green and Bow
Alistair Polson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bethnal Green and Bow

“The Green Party supports the complete reversal of the marketisation of the NHS.  So much time, effort and money is wasted operating the market at a time when resources are being so squeezed.  In Tower Hamlets the local hospitals are crippled with massive debt repayments for disastrous PFI deals.  

We will have to continually increase spending on health, we know this.  This money needs to be sharply focussed on providing the health care and not in providing profits for private companies or operating a unnecessary and expensive market system.  I therefore fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Rachael Roberts
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Berwick-upon-Tweed

“The NHS and the core values that underpinned its creation are basic human needs in a modern society.

It must be brought back into public ownership and control for the good of all. I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

 

Richard Howarth Beverley and HoldernessRichard Howarth
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Beverley and Holderness

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.  I believe the NHS is one of our greatest institutions and we should take great pride in it.  I totally oppose the privatisation of the NHS.  I believe the privatisation of public services represents a scandalous transfer of public money into private hands.  Nye Bevan said on its formation that, “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it“.  Well now is the time to fight for it.”

Stella Gardiner Green Party Bexleyheath and CrayfordStella Gardiner
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bexleyheath and Crayford

“I have personally relied on the NHS several times in my life as have some close family members, and other loved ones. The NHS is therefore dear to my heart! The NHS is a vital service most ordinary families in the UK cannot do without. The alternative will be an inefficient and expensive private health service run by business for profit, potentially putting people into financial ruin for getting ill.”

 

 

Phil Simpson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Birmingham Edgbaston

“As the husband of a retired GP who worked for 40 years in the local community I feel very strongly about the NHS. All political parties seem to have undervalued it over the years letting it slide into administrative chaos where numbers and targets are the only things that matter.  In the Green Party we care about people and people should be at the heart of any health service. That is why I am unequivocal in my support of the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015.”

 

Margaret Okole
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Birmingham Ladywood

“Private finance initiatives have been disastrous for the NHS. If we want future generations to enjoy the free healthcare which we take for granted we must support the NHS Reinstatement Bill”

 

 

Clare Thomas
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Birmingham Selly Oak

“I wholeheartedly believe in the National Health Service and feel that the NHS Reinstatement Bill is the best way to protect effective universal health care that remains free at the point of use. The Green Party is committed to maintaining public services. As a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party, I want to see people at the centre of the NHS and not private profit. Over the last 25 years or so there have been many reforms to the NHS. Arguably the most damaging of these has been the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It is vital to remove the most damaging parts of that Act and to reinstate the best parts of earlier legislation.”

 

Lisa Tallis Green Party candidate BootleLisa Tallis
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bootle

“I’m supporting your campaign because none of us would be here without the NHS. A fully public NHS is a non-negotiable pillar of a civilised UK.”

 

 

 

Dave Stevens Green Party candidate Bradford EastDave Stevens
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bradford East

“I was born in an NHS hospital, and although I’ll try and avoid it… at somepoint I will inevitably end up in hospital again! The idea that our ability to get healthcare could, even in part, be based upon our ability to pay rather than our need for that healthcare seems utterly alien to me! But that’s because I’m British, many other people in other countries do not have that luxury. I know how lucky I am. I don’t and won’t take the NHS for granted. I’m backing the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Andy Robinson Green Party candidate Bradford SouthAndy Robinson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bradford South

“Shame on any MP or candidate for the 2015 general election, who does not support the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015.”

 

 

Paul Jeater Green Party BraintreePaul Jeater
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Braintree

“I am very happy to give my support to the NHS Reinstatement Bill campaign. Hopefully after May 2015 we can reverse the trend of the privatisation of health care in the UK. We need to reestablish the principles upon which the NHS was founded.”

 

 

Scott Bartle Green Party candidate Brent NorthScott Bartle
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Brent North

“The Green Party would repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and introduce an NHS Reinstatement Bill. It is vital we restore the obligation on the Government to provide a comprehensive health service. We need to abolish competition and market-based commissioning, and re-establish public accountability of the NHS. Public services can not be run like businesses as by virtue of being a service, some things aren’t profitable.”

 

 

Davy Jones Green Party Brighton KemptownDavy Jones
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Brighton Kemptown

“I support this bill wholeheartedly. The Green Party would reverse the steps taken by this Coalition Government and the previous Labour Government to introduce market reforms and privatisation to the NHS and to encourage the use of the dreadful PFI funding schemes. Sadly, recent history has shown the NHS is not safe in Tory, LibDem or Labour hands.I have been very active with Defend the NHS Sussex in campaigning locally for decent wages for NHS staff and against proposed local privatisations of NHS services.”

Tony Dyer
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bristol South

“No civilised country should consider someone’s ill health as a potential opportunity to make a profit. The profit motive has no rightful place in the NHS – I therefore fully support the NHS
Reinstatement Bill 2015.”

 

Darren Hall Green Party candidate Bristol WestDarren Hall
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bristol West

“Our world class NHS is one of the most enlightened features of the UK’s social system and reflects our post war recognition that we can provide the best service to the most people by working together as a socially motivated society. That cultural heritage is now under threat, as a spirit of individualism and competition is enforced on our public services. It is time to put a stop to the encroaching marketization that is being supported by the three establishment parties. I believe that public services should be run with a spirit of co-operation and duty of care, not competition and profit. If elected as an MP I will be fighting hard to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. ”

 

Helen Geake Green Party Bury St EdmundsHelen Geake
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Bury St Edmunds

“If elected, I will certainly support a Bill that re-establishes the NHS as a public service and takes it out of the marketplace. Caroline Lucas was the first MP to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, and the Green Party have given it their full support. The NHS, and our health and well-being, should not be seen as a commodity for sale – this will destroy the service and leave us reliant on profit-making bodies for our care. To protect the NHS from marketisation we need legal force and that is what the Bill will provide – it will be one of the most important and
most urgently needed of the new Parliament.”

 

Katy Beddoe
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Caerphilly

“I would like to add my name to the Campaign for the NHS reinstatement bill 2015. Despite Health being a devolved issue, anything that protects the NHS from the insidious carving up of the NHS enforced by both the Tories and Labour governments over the decades and particularly the repugnant attack from the Tories in the Health and Social Act 2012 has my 100% support.”

 

Jenny Shepherd
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Calder Valley

“We need this Bill in order to restore the NHS to its core founding principles. We also need to fund the NHS properly to keep pace with population growth and changing patterns of illness, including the increase in numbers of people with more than one long term illness. We also need to reduce air pollution, end fuel poverty and make sure everyone can afford enough healthy food.”

 

Rupert Read Green Party candidate CambridgeRupert Read
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Cambridge

I have campaigned to keep out NHS public for years now, and as an MP I would make backing this bill a very high priority. Public health care is vital for addressing the vast health inequalities that exist across the UK. The contracting out of NHS services has had a corrosive effect on the level of care that patients receive and it is time we end the failed privatisation experiment.

 

 

Andy Williamson Green Party candidate Central DevonAndy Williamson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Central Devon

“I’ve had two kidney transplants, thanks to the NHS. I have gave concerns about the degree of marketisation and privatisation that is taking place right now. I don’t want to see profits placed before people, which is what is already happening. I don’t want to see our amazing service reduce to a cash cow for large corporations, which is the logical conclusion of the current government’s policies.”

 

 

Adam van Coevorden Green Party CheltenhamAdam van Coevorden
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Cheltenham

“I absolutely support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill. This is an issue I feel very strongly on. I am against any privatisation of any part of the NHS, and if elected would actively fight to stop and reverse the market involvement that has occured so far.”

 

Jasper Richmond Green Party ChichesterJasper Richmond
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Chichester

“I believe the NHS should be for the good of all. Not a means for corporations to make profit. The NHS Reinstatement Bill will help us achieve this. We can put the NHS where it belongs, in public hands for the public good.”

 

Hugh Small (both) Green Party Cities of London and WestminsterHugh Small
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Cities of London and Westminster

“I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. My late father and late wife gave their lives to the NHS (my father since its inception) and much of their motivation came from their pride at giving to a public service that treated everyone equally. They would never have wanted to work for a market-based service. Growing up without a mother I was cared for by nurses at my father’s hospitals and in middle age I tried to repay some of the debt by revealing the successful political activism of Florence Nightingale, who laid the foundations of the service. The recent failure of care at Hinchingbrooke shows the result of misunderstanding human ethics.”

 

 

 

 

Carol Thornton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Cleethorpes

“I am strongly in favour of reinstating the NHS to its former status. A service such as this should be completely in public ownership, and private companies should only be used in exceptional circumstances. The NHS is currently struggling to provide basic services. I want to turn the clock back to the point when we can again be proud of our health service.”

 

Chas Ball Green Party Colne ValleyChas Ball
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Colne Valley

“The NHS is key to our national wellbeing. Recently it has struggled to cope with fragmentation, increasing involvement by profit driven companies and some questionable financial decisions by politicians of both recent governments. Recognising the importance of staff commitment and goodwill which is only possible within a public service ethos is critical. The NHS will not deliver the type of service we all depend on without it. For a successful future, we now need a commitment to training more nurses, midwives, health visitors and other key workers. I support the campaign.”

 

Jonathan Hornett Green Party Corby & East NorthamptonshireJonathan Hornett
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Corby & East Northamptonshire

“The idea of turning health care into a market place turned my stomach when it got set up; simply privatisation by the back door.  The NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 is essentially common sense, we need to get back to how the NHS was set up to run and I fully support the bill.”

 

 

Matthew Handley Green Party candidate Coventry North EastMatthew Handley
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Coventry North East

“I unreservedly support the principles and aims of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. For too long creeping privatisation has undermined the incredible work of our clinicians and support staff. The removal of the market mechanism and the return/maintenance of public ownership and operation of NHS services and facilities, are critical to the future of our wonderful, effective NHS. The profit motive has no place in healthcare.”

 

Guy Hudson Green Party candidate CrawleyGuy Hudson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Crawley

“I support this initiative without reservation. The system, the structure has to be right for the NHS to work effectively as it used to, for decades. The profit motive has no place in the NHS.”

 

 

Esther Sutton Green Party Croydon CentralEsther Sutton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Croydon Central

“The NHS Reinstatement Bill would halt the privatisation of the NHS, it has my full support. The NHS is our most precious institution and as such needs to be public; for people not for profit. Everyone should have equal access to free healthcare; funded through taxation and in accountable public hands.”

 

Shasha Khan Green Party candidate Croydon NorthShasha Khan
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Croydon North

“Having watched ‘Sell Off’ at Stanley Halls in Croydon I became aware just how important the NHS Reinstatement Bill is to the preservation of our public owned, publicly funded and publicly accountable NHS. I have been pointing out the creeping privatisation for many years.”

 

 

Peter Underwood Green Party Croydon SouthPeter Underwood
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Croydon South

“I fully support the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. The profit motive has no place in a service that we all need and rely on regardless of our ability to pay. There is no place for competition in the NHS, we should all expect to receive the best service available  no matter where we live in the country. The NHS should be maintained as a public service and those in charge of delivering it should be held accountable by the public.”

Mike Cherrington
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Darlington

“As a professional presently in the health sector I see the daily strain put onto our clinicians and nursing staff and the resources being drained from them on a daily basis by the present Government.  That is why I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill to keep our NHS within public control to provide a qualitative and more responsive patient led service.”

 

Steve Whiffen Green Party DaventrySteve Whiffen
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Daventry

“I pledge my support.”

 

 

 

Adrian Cruden
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Dewsbury & Mirfield

“I fully support the campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. Many people do not realise the piecemeal destruction of the NHS that is going on under the current Government. It is vital we restore the legal obligation on the Secretary of State to provide universal, free healthcare and that healthcare must be fully in public hands. There is no room for profit-seeking in health care provision – rather, Greens support devolving health to local districts, ending the market and ensuring health is provided free. The NHS has the support of the nation. It is one of the few national assets still at least partially in the hands of the nation. We believe we need to take it back fully for the people.”

 

Vicky Duckworth Green Party Dudley SouthVicky Duckworth
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Dudley South

“Profit has no place in our NHS. The Private Finance Initiative at Russell’s Hall hospital in Dudley South constituency is a major worry for those attending the hospital for treatments and to visit friends and family.  I wholeheartedly support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Lewis Campbell
Scottish Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Dunfermline and West Fife

“I support the NHS reinstatement bill. I believe public services  should be run for the good of the public rather than for a few wealthy business people. This includes the NHS. At Westminster, I will fight against the pseudo-economic agenda of the pro-establishment parties which call for privatisation and austerity which will inevitably result in a poorer standard of living for ordinary people. It is important to people in Scotland that the NHS in England is adequately funded because underfunding of the NHS in England will decrease the sum of money that Holyrood is paid by Westminster as allocated by the Barnett formula.”

Jonathan Elmer Green Party DurhamJonathan Elmer
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Durham City

“Since its creation the NHS has closed closed the gap between rich and poor more than anything else. With its loss, inequality will once again become the issue of our time.”

 

 

Nicola Dodgson

Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
East Surrey

“As a member of NHS staff I know what a vital safety net our National Health Service provides for everyone that needs it.  I want to support this Bill because the services people rely on- when they are, by definition, at their most vulnerable- are under attack.  We must reinstate the Secretary of State’s duty to provide, not just ‘promote’ comprehensive healthcare, and ensure our health service is run for public health, not private wealth.”

 

James Doyle Green Party East Worthing and ShorehamJames Doyle
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
East Worthing and Shoreham

“The NHS is a pillar of one of the fundamental freedoms of our society – the freedom from illness and the fear of illness. The dismantling of the NHS as a public, not-for-profit service by successive Conservative and Labour governments must be put into reverse, and future governments must guarantee that we, the public, will be able to rely on health services that are local, efficient and free at the point of use.”

 

Mark Maloney Green Party East Yorkshire

Mark Maloney
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
East Yorkshire

“I wholeheartedly support the objectives of the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015.  Protecting human wellbeing rather than pursuing private profit is a core Green Party value.”

 

 

Andrew Durling Green Party EastbourneAndrew Durling
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Eastbourne and Willingdon

“Please rest assured that if I were elected as MP for the Eastbourne & Willingdon constituency, I would do my best, alongside my Green Party colleagues, as well as colleagues from all sides of Parliament, to ensure that the NHS Reinstatement Bill becomes law as soon as possible and that the NHS becomes once again the publicly-owned and publicly-run, as well as adequately funded, NHS that the majority of the British population wants.”

 

 

Dave Brooks
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Elmet and Rothwell
“The NHS has been under attack since the 70’s, with private health care desperate to capitalise the system and turn our taxes into profits for share-holders. Already many of our services are no longer free at the point of access and this can only get worse. It is inconceivable that any caring government could allow and abet this situation. A society should be judged on how it cares for its sick and its vulnerable. I am 100% behind the Reinstatement Bill – in a society that regards itself as civilised, and which relies on all its citizens to play their part, good health should be a right for all, not be a privilege solely for the rich.”

 

Susan McGrath
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Epsom and Ewell
I have watched with rising panic the privatising of the NHS by stealth over the last government and want to give my wholehearted backing to the NHS Reinstatement Bill.  Listening to the number or nurses and doctors who are disillusioned and burned out just trying to do their job has strengthened my view that we cannot allow the NHS to be turned into a cash cow.  We need a strong, properly funded service for all.”

 

David Flint
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Enfield North
“Good health is a fundamental human right. Health is not only good in itself, it is a right that helps us to use our other rights to speak, work and organise. Our willingness to provide good healthcare to all citizens is a test of our humanity. The NHS is more than an institution – it is the embodiment of our commitment to each other and to the common good. The Reinstatement Bill will strengthen that commitment.”

 

Green Party candidate Jean Robertson-Molloy, outside the HousesJean Robertson-Molloy
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Enfield Southgate
I want to promote this Bill and save our NHS. I also urge the Government to promote welfare rights and spend less on useless defence projects and more on saving lives by improving health both in UK and the world.”

 

 

Miles Grindey Green Party FarehamMiles Grindey
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Fareham

“Without the NHS I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be doing my duty as a British Citizen if I didn’t fight to protect it. Privatisation leads to half the service for twice the cost.”

 

 

Tim Valentine Green Party Faversham and Mid KentTim Valentine
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Faversham and Mid Kent

“I strongly support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Local health services in Faversham have been privatised and moved to a location miles away on a dual carriageway with no access by public transport. I want to see the NHS provide health services in the town close to good public transport links. The National Health Service must be accessible to everybody.”

 

Tony Firkins
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Feltham and Heston

“I fully support the NHS reinstatement bill. The Green Party supports the NHS being a public service that is publicly funded, and publicly provided. We need to reverse the creeping privatization of the NHS.”

 

 

 

Diana Warner
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Filton and Bradley Stoke

“I am a GP in Stoke Gifford and Conygre Medical Centre. I am determined to work for a publicly owned, well financed NHS able to provide excellent health services.  We in the NHS need to be allowed to provide best care for patients. We need good staffing levels and adequate funding, especially in those areas traditionally understaffed and underfunded such as mental health. We need to allow the NHS to flourish and we need to empower ordinary people to take charge of their own health. There needs to be an end to government led change based on ideology or based on vested interest. Change needs to come from an impartial and wide overview of the present situation, should be based on cooperation between health staff, patients and the public, and based on sound evidence of best practice.”

 

Bob Dennett
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Fylde

“The NHS was set up shortly after the last world war to ensure that health care was free at the point of use. Ever since then, at least until recent years, it has been held up as an example of how to provide the very best medical care. Since the late 1980s there has been a decline, dare I say deliberate in order to justify the surreptitious dismantling of the service, which has gathered momentum during the reign of the past two governments. I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, without which we will see the care gap between the rich and poor widen to such and extent that it will be irreversible.”

 

Geoff Barnes
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Gainsborough

“As a former Director of Public Health with 20 years experience in the NHS I have witnessed the slow destruction of this country’s finest post war institution by a succession of botched reorganisations, almost all of which were aimed at increasing market competition, which have been introduced by both Labour and Conservative Governments.  The 2013 reorganisation was certainly one of the worst pieces of legislation ever enacted in this country and has brought chaos and disorganisation to the NHS at extraordinary cost to the taxpayer.  The NHS reinstatement Bill offers the best hope to re-establish a National Health Service that will meet the needs of the future without costing the earth.”

 

Mark Lindop Green Party GraveshamMark Lindop
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Gravesham

“It’s the health of the people of this country that matters here, it is ridiculous to think that private profiteering will make the NHS better. I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

 

Vicky Dunn Green Candidate Great GrimsbyVicky Dunn
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Great Grimsby

“I wholeheartedly support the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015.  Protecting human wellbeing rather than private profit is a core Green Party value.  A unified, public NHS will have a strong voice for health promotion.  Making it simple and easy to live a healthier lifestyle – through food, transport and housing policy are key Green policies.  Private healthcare companies which can only profit from ill health can have no interest in improving health.”

Abbey Akinoshun Green Party Woolwich and Greenwich.2015Abbey Akinoshun
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Greenwich and Woolwich

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. I used to work as a Clinical Service Manager with one of the NHS Foundation Trusts in London until recently and I have seen at first hand, the damage the current government has done to the NHS. I am against the privatisation of the NHS and I believe it is best run under public control. Green Party would maintain a publicly funded, publicly provided health service and oppose NHS Privatisation and treating healthcare as a market.”

 

Charlotte George Green Party Hackney South and ShoreditchCharlotte George
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hackney South and Shoreditch

“The NHS is one of our most precious institutions. The British public are proud of it, and rightly so – we led the way in free healthcare for all. But that principal is under attack, and anything that encourages privatisation will only weaken the NHS further. The focus should be on investing more public money into the NHS – more on the ground staff, beds and mental health services – and building up preventative health measures so that we can create a healthy (and happy!) British society. We all suffer if the NHS suffers.”

 

Gary Scott
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Halifax

“If elected, I will fully support the immediate introduction of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Successive governments have tried to increase the marketisation & privatisation of our NHS, and this process MUST be reversed before it’s too late. I’d also be keen to ensure that Private Finance Initiative schemes are prohibited from being forced onto NHS capital projects, as these are a totally unnecessary drain upon NHS budgets, which future generations are left to deal with.”

 

David Akan
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hammersmith

“I completely support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.  I consider health to be a fundamental human right, this means that everyone should have access to an excellent standard of healthcare free at the point of use.  I have been appalled at the gradual dismantling of the NHS.  In Hammersmith we have seen much too clearly the effects of cutting services and selling off our hospitals.  It is only through removing any elements of marketisation and ensuring democratic oversight that the good of the patients will be put before profit. It is vital that the next government protects our world class health service with proper funding, real support for our doctors and nurses and returning NHS to its founding principles.”

 

Shan Oakes
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Harrogate and Knaresborough

“The NHS Reinstatement Bill has my full support. It’s vital that we protect the NHS in order that future generations may benefit from it. I strongly believe that it should be a public service that is publicly funded, publicly owned and with local democratic accountabilty. The NHS Reinstatement Bill aims to do just that, it would stop the commodification of health services through privatisation of the NHS. It’s my opinion that we need this Bill urgently to reverse the damage of the last two decades of progressively more destructive ‘reforms’.”

 

Ben Samuel
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hendon

“The Green Party believes that free market mechanisms cannot adequately meet our national health needs. We believe the National Health Service must be a public service funded by, run by, and accountable to local and national government. In the next Parliament we would therefore support an NHS Reinstatement Bill, which would restore the obligation on Government to provide a comprehensive health service, abolish competition and market-based commissioning, and re-establish public accountability of our NHS.”

 

Mark Stevenson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Henley

“The NHS is a public service. It used to be run as such, but the attempt to re-organise it and run it on a commercial model has proved disasterous. The NHS Reinstatement Bill sets out the way in which the NHS can return to being a truly public service working effectively and efficiently for the good of us all. Most importantly, it is not the attempt of a political party to try and prove that they are “doing something” about the NHS, it comes from the knowledge and experience of people working in public health.”

 

 

Diana Toynbee Green Party candidate Hereford and South HerefordshireDiana Toynbee
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hereford and South Herefordshire

“All across the UK, people are now very aware that our NHS is under threat – marketization and cuts are squeezing the life out of what should be a public healthcare system. I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill as it will undo the damage caused by the last few governments – whether blue, red or yellow.”

 

 

Charlotte Farrell
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
High Peak

The marketisation of the NHS and contracting out of services is nothing but a quasi-privatisation which has hugely effected the functioning of the NHS and damaged patient care.  I worked for 20 years in the NHS as a nurse and it is truly heartbreaking to see profit and financial targets come before patient care. The NHS needs to be properly funded, there needs to be an acceptance by people and governments that with changing demographics and more illness becoming treatable it will inevitably cost more to provide care.  Money is not being saved by contracting out to different service providers rather damages the quality of care and wasting money on increasing levels of bureaucracy, legal fees in addressing contracts and imposing new structures.”

 

Richard Wise
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hitchin and Harpenden

“The most egregious lie of the last General Election campaign was Cameron’s promise of ‘ no major top down changes to the NHS’. A large number of Parliamentarians, who are supposed to represent the interests of their constituents, are being paid by corporations hoping to benefit from from the NHS sell-off. (At least 225 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections.) It is vitally important that this sell-off is reversed. That is why I fully support the campaign for a National Health Service Reinstatement Bill. The health of present and future generations is at stake.”

 

Gordon Peters
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Hornsey and Wood Green

“The NHS is in real danger and we need this Bill to ensure that we will still have an NHS in the future.  It makes sense for the NHS to be a truly public service: funded and provided publicly.  The profit motive has no place in a service that is essential to the wellbeing of people in this country. We do not want to go back to the days when people couldn’t afford to go to the doctor or dentist and suffered needlessly as a result. We are rightly proud of the achievements of the NHS and the progress in medical science and healthcare. We are foolish, if we risk this on the altar of commercialization and privatization. This is an excellent Bill and it has my full backing.”

 

Darrin Green Green Party HorshamDarrin Green
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Horsham

“If elected as MP for Horsham I would fight for a publicly funded, publicly provided health service free at the point of use.  I would also end the creeping privatisation of the NHS and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  In addition, I would make mental health a much higher priority with resources to match this status.”

 

Andrew Cooper Green Party HuddersfieldAndrew Cooper

Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Huddersfield

“ I support this Bill as I am appalled that ‘choice cuts’ of the NHS are being privatised meaning public funds are being used to bolster private profits. The NHS should not be ‘for sale’ but a publicly funded and publicly delivered service.”

 

 

 

Vix Lowthion Green Party Isle of WightVix Lowthion
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Isle of Wight

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. I do not want our NHS to waste public money on commercial interests. The NHS needs all its budget for investment in health services, doctors and nurses – and not into the hands of shareholders. We must remember it is a public service, and care of the public should be its only consideration.”

 

Caroline Russell
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Islington North

“The NHS Reinstatement Bill has my full support.  Our National Health Service is the envy of the world and should be protected from creeping privatisation.  The health and wellbeing of current and future generations depends on it.”

 

 

Charlie Kiss Green Party Islington South and FinsburyCharlie Kiss
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Islington South and Finsbury

“The NHS is one of Britain’s greatest achievements which we must retain. It must be a public service free at the point of need, funded by, run by and accountable to local and national government and devoid of all privatisation. The NHS is concerned with healthcare provision and should not be subject to market forces either internal or external. The past decades have seen further commercialisation of NHS activities. This must be reversed; therefore I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

Michael Hayton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leeds Central

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill and its call to stop the stealth privatisation of the health and social care services. The health service must be free at the point of need and available to all, publicly owned and publicly funded. The Health and Social Care Act of 2010 has opened up the NHS to be sold of piece by piece, eroding essential services and dismantling one of the greatest achievements we have collectively created as a country. The Green Party is committed to end the culture of marketisation and privatisation and reinstate the NHS as a service available for all.”

Kate Bisson Green Party candidate Leeds EastKate Bisson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leeds East
“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS is a precious public resource and must be protected and restored to full public ownership and management. There is no room for the profit motive in our health service, so all moves towards privatisation must cease. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 must be repealed with the greatest urgency, and the internal market within the NHS must be removed.”

 

 

Emma Carter Green Party candidate Leeds North EastEmma Carter
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leeds North East
I would like to formally support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The future of our NHS is in jeopardy, and it is only by formally protecting it for us and future generations that we can reverse the crisis it is currently in.

 

 

 

Tim Goodall Green Party Leeds North WestTim Goodall
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leeds North West
“The NHS is the highest priority of my campaign.  The Health and Social Care Act 2012 is an assault on the NHS.  For anyone who does not have a full understanding of the implications of the act, I highly recommend reading the book ‘NHS SOS’.  Friends who work for the NHS are horrified by the amount of time that is wasted on people bidding for contracts.  Having lived in the US and having experienced the financial strains of a privatised healthcare system, I want to do everything I can to stop that happening here.  I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, as proposed by Professor Allyson Pollock.”

 

Andrew Pointon Green Party Leeds WestAndrew Pointon
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leeds West
The National Health Service must provide healthcare, free at the point of need, funded through taxation. It must be a public service funded by, run by and accountable to local and national government and devoid of all privatisation, whether privatised administration, healthcare provision, support services or capital ownership. The NHS is concerned with healthcare provision and should not be subject to market forces either internal or external. If elected I would be delighted to support a Bill to reinstate a NHS that is a publicly funded and publicly accountable, and get rid of the disgraceful marketisation that recent governments have introduced. It is one of the Green Party’s key campaigns for this General Election and one of my priorities.

 

Tom Chance Green Party LewishamTom Chance
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Lewisham West and Penge

“We must repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and the introduction of new NHS bill, reversing the market sell off our precious NHS is essential if we are to this PUBLIC service and provide a comprehensive health system available to all and answerable to all who use it, the campaign has my unqualified support.”

 

Ashley Gunstock_WFRGP_PPC 2015 copyAshley Gunstock
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Leyton and Wanstead

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. We have long been led to believe the lie that the NHS is a virtually bankrupt public institution and, therefore, a constant drain on the British tax payer who has to continually bail it out. However nothing could be further from the truth. According to the National Audit Office the NHS, at the end of March 2013, was actually in credit to the tune of £1.6 billion. However, pandering to private companies means that some hospitals/trusts are in a financial mess while others have millions in the bank!”

 

 

Matt Sisson Green Party Loughborough

Matt Sisson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Loughborough

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. The Greens want to see the return of the legal duty for a well-funded, joined-up public health service, that is run for the benefit of everyone, rather than the profits of a few.”

 

 

Janet Phillips
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Ludlow

“The best NHS health services must be available to all those who need them, free at the point of use, and publicly owned, managed and staffed, and paid for through general taxation.”

 

 

 

Hannah Patton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Maidstone and the Weald

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS is so important to us all and needs to be protected for the future. I feel that the NHS should be publicly funded and continue to be provided the its services free to patients”

 

 

Lucy Bannister Green Party Manchester WithingtonLucy Bannister
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Manchester Withington

“The NHS is an issue that I care very much about – I have been involved with the University of Manchester Save Our NHS Campaign and I have been an AIDS activist for a good few years now. I see the issues that other countries face when they don’t have public healthcare and the issues that exist in the linked industries (such as drug development) and I know that our NHS is worth fighting for. Therefore, I would definitely support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Neil Franks Green Party Mid-WorcestershireNeil Franks
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Mid Worcestershire

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS has brought my two beautiful children into the world and saved both my dad and my father-in-law who both had serious heart conditions.  One of the main reasons I am standing is so that I can see the NHS returned to safe public hands.  Thank you for your hard work on the issue and hopefully we can save what is one of the most precious services that we have in this country.”

 

Martin Brampton Green Party MiddlesboroughMartin Brampton
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Middlesborough South and East Cleveland

“Turning the NHS into a business was always a mistake. And some of the moves have turned out very expensive. It isn’t just about free at the point of delivery. It’s far more fundamental. A public service is a different kind of thing from a business and its ethos should not the same. Of course it has to be managed and cost controlled, but the main aim must be the health of citizens. Dedicated NHS staff want to work in a good and improving public health service. We should support them and the NHS Reinstatement Bill is an excellent step in the right direction.”

Ian Baxter Scottish Green Party candidate MidlothianIan Baxter
Scottish Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Midlothian

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Privatisation of elements of public services removes accountability from the democratic process as well as meaning we cannot ensure that those working for those services operate under acceptable working conditions, like being paid a Living Wage. If elected I would work towards retaining all public services such as the NHS operate fully within the public sector.”

 

 

Jennifer Marklew
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Milton Keynes North

“By placing profit, rather than need, at the heart of our health service we are in extreme danger of destroying the real beauty of it. 

It should not matter who you are, where you come from, what your situation: health should not be a lottery. Living or dying should not be a gamble. Quality of life should not be dependent upon the level of health insurance you have, or some arbitrary criteria that has been generated thanks to a cost vs benefit analysis. 

We are so much better than this” 

 

Samantha Pancheri Green Party Milton Keynes SouthSamantha Pancheri
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Milton Keynes South

“The NHS is our most precious resource, and as we have almost certainly all received care at its hands in our lifetimes, so now must we all endeavour to save its life. The creeping privatisation at the hands of the coalition government is nothing short of a scandal, and I fully support this bill to restore the NHS to its rightful position of public ownership and accountability.”

 

 

Jacquetta Fewster
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Mole Valley

“Labour’s introduction of NHS privatization set a precedent which the Coalition is taking to extremes. The NHS needs to be rescued from the privateers who are gutting it by exploiting the loopholes, and that’s where this Bill comes in.”

 

 

Sally May Green Party New Forest South EastSally May
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
New Forest East
“Our NHS is the envy of the world, it is precious and needs to be protected.  Good health and quality treatment should not have a monetary value to be determined by a privatised system.  We don’t want to have a two-tier structure as we’ve seen in dentistry and the NHS Reinstatement Bill is an absolute MUST.”

 

 

Andrew Gray Green Party candidate Newcastle upon Tyne EastAndrew Gray
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Newcastle upon Tyne East
“The increased involvement of the private sector in the NHS is proof that the market cannot operate effectively for an essential public service like this.  The failure of privately provided GP services in the inner west of Newcastle, and the Hinchingbrooke Hospital contract scandal, show why we need to abandon the ‘internal market’ principles and return the NHS to its founding values.”

 

 

Ricky Knight
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
North Devon
“The NHS is one of the UK’s most precious jewels, not just in the eyes of the vast majority of its people, but in the eyes of the world as well. This ideologically-driven government is blinded by the power of its corporate sponsors and paymasters and by its inane faith in the neo-liberal agenda to generate private share-holder wealth for the few at the expense of the many. The sure way to render any organization unsound and thereby open to criticism of its inefficiency and need for reform, is to withdraw its funding. If this can be termed by some to be an effective strategy, then that is one more full-proof reason why this government must be swept away at the next election.”

 

David Derbyshire Green Party North SomersetDavid Derbyshire
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
North Somerset

Working for a children’s charity in the health sector I see the benefits of our NHS every day, helping young people and their families to deal with serious conditions that really affect their health and well-being.It is not too late to save the NHS and to restore it to the publicly funded and provided service that we need. It is a precious asset and I am fully behind the NHS Reinstatement Bill, which will provide us with an NHS to sustain our health for the future. Britain needs a service that promotes, supports and provides for our health, not just for when we are sick. Only a publicly funded and provided NHS can do that.”

 

Mark Shilcock Green Party candidate North West DurhamMark Shilcock
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
North West Durham

I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Making profits from people’s illness is wrong – simple. The systems that have been introduced are fragmenting our health service. The NHS must remain in public ownership providing services for everyone not profits for a few.”

 

 

Tony Clarke Green Party Northampton NorthTony Clarke
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Northampton North

“We must repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and the introduction of a new NHS bill, reversing the market sell off our precious NHS is essential if we are to save this PUBLIC service and provide a comprehensive health system available to all, and answerable to all who use it, the campaign has my unqualified support””

 

 

Julie Hawkins Green Party Northampton SouthJulie Hawkins
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Northampton South

“I am fully in support of re-instating the NHS .  I worked as a nurse in the NHS, as did my father before me, and I think that despite its failings it is still the best health care system in the world. We even share a birthday!”

 

 

AdrianHolmesheadshotAdrian Holmes
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Norwich North

I believe in a publicly funded and publicly delivered NHS free at the point of use. I have campaigned against the use of private trusts to run hospitals for profit through the private finance initiative. I want the repeal of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and an end to privatisation of the Health Service.”

 

Antonia Zenkevitch
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Nottingham East

“Core to Green Party policy is the continuation and renewal of a publicly funded, publicly provided, decentralised health service, free at point of delivery for equality in patient care. We oppose the NHS privatisation created by successive governments. Healthcare must not be treated as a market. The Green Party is the only party with policies supporting the non-commercialisation of public services. At policy level we are a lone voice of reason against TTIP and the costly cuts which move money and power away from people and threaten jobs and public services. I encourage more candidates to follow Caroline Lucas and the Greens in supporting the founding vision of one of Britain’s greatest achievements, the NHS.”

 

Keith Kondakor
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Nuneaton

“The NHS is the biggest single employer in the Nuneaton constituency. Its on-going fragmentation is harmful to both local heath provision and harmful to the local economy. I announced my selection at the George Eliot hospital, have supporting the NHS as my top campaign pledge and fully support the reinstatement of an integrated NHS.”

 

Derek Moran Green Party Old Bexley and SidcupDerek Moran
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Old Bexley and Sidcup

“I wholeheartedly support your aim that, ‘Our NHS should be an accountable public service which treats patients and staff well’. The NHS should remain free from a profit based system. It should be run by local health authorities and NHS England. It should always provide free care at the point of need, to those in need.”

 

Ann Duncan
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Oxford East

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. The Green Party is the only national party in parliament to support a fully public, properly funded NHS, free at the point of delivery, with all privatisation scrapped. The NHS Reinstatement Bill gives us an excellent way to do this, developed by our foremost national expert on a public NHS, Professor Allyson Pollock.  It is insane to want to throw away a health service that was the envy of the world, in favour of a US-style model: the US spends twice as much per capita as the UK, with worse health outcomes. I lived in America for many years and saw how deeply unfair it is to the most vulnerable in society — as well as inefficient and wasteful.  Let’s reclaim one of our greatest national assets, and keep it that way!”

 

Darren Bisby-Boyd Green Party candidate PeterboroughDarren Bisby-Boyd
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Peterborough

“I’m giving the NHS Reinstatement Bill my full support – we know that the future of the NHS is an incredibly important issue for Peterborough residents and I believe that this Bill’s proposals are key to the recovery of the NHS. We should have a public health service we can all be proud of, and putting responsibility for the NHS directly into the hands of the Secretary of State will be a key part in that. We have to do everything we can to undo the damage that years of privatisation has caused.”

Ian McCulloch Green Party Portsmouth SouthIan McCulloch
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Portsmouth South

“I am very happy to see this Bill being proposed, the NHS must be restored to being the fully public service it was originally envisaged to be.  I strongly believe there is no room for the profit motive in public health.”

 

 

Frances Bryant
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Preseli Pembrokeshire

“I support the aims of the NHS Reinstatement Bill Campaign. It is a mark of civilization and humanity that all should have equal access to healthcare no matter what their personal circumstances, and that the care given should be tax funded and not for profit and private gain.”

 

 

Claire Allen
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Pudsey

I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.  I work in the NHS and see the negative impact on a daily basis of the privatisation by stealth which is currently happening.  The NHS is one of our greatest institutions and I will do all I can to fight for its survival.  As someone with connections in the USA I regularly hear the effects of a private healthcare system where people have to choose between their homes and their health and I am determined that we will not end up with such a system here in the UK”

 

Chris Poole Green Party PutneyChris Poole
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Putney

“The NHS is our greatest asset and has been under threat for a generation through the privatisation agenda. As a candidate I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill and will always fight to ensure our beloved NHS is not sold off to the highest bidder.”

 

 

Rob White Green Party Reading EastRob White
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Reading East

“Our NHS is so important to all of us at one time or another. Everyone should have the right to a healthy life and a decent NHS is key to this. That is why I am supporting the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Peter Pinkney
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Redcar

“To quote the late, great Tony Benn: “If we can find money to kill people, we can find money to help people.” In other words the government always seems to have money to fight wars, but not to invest in NHS. I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill”

 

 

Jonathan Essex
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Reigate

“I fully support this campaign, and that to Keep Our NHS Public. The current coalition (and previous stealth Labour) privatisation of the NHS risks destroying the principles that the NHS was built upon and the world class value for money that it delivers to all. Since the creation of the internal market in the NHS by Margaret Thatcher increasing funding has been diverted from front-line care to management in the NHS. The process of stealth privatisation introduced by Labour has now been fully opened to private firms such as the contract for school nurses now delivered by Virgin Care for the NHS in Surrey after the government’s Health and Social Care Bill was passed. The freezing of the NHS budget since 2010 has just masked the massive waste involved in a big top-down reorganisation of the NHS, while services like A&E are under ever greater strain. Lets waste no more time and money and place the future of the NHS firmly in the public sector.”

 

Andree Frieze Green Party Richmond ParkAndree Frieze
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Richmond Park

“One of the reasons I joined the Green Party nearly three years ago was its commitment to maintaining a publicly funded, publicly provided National Health Service. And, now at this General Election, the Green Party is the ONLY party to entirely oppose all NHS privatisation and the introduction of market systems into our healthcare. Unlike the Coalition parties and UKIP, we believe that free market mechanisms cannot adequately meet our national health needs.”

 

 

Leslie Rowe
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Richmond (Yorks)

“I oppose the privatisation of the NHS and fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill to: reinstate in England the legal duty of the Secretary of State to provide the NHS; re-establish local health authorities, and NHS England as a special health authority, to carry out the Secretary of State’s duty; abolish clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts; re-establish Community Health Councils to represent the interests of the public in the NHS and not allow private companies to provide any NHS services except in the exceptional circumstance that the NHS cannot provide the service.”

 

Richard Mallender Green Party candidate RushcliffeRichard Mallender
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Rushcliffe

I fully support the proposed NHS reinstatement bill. The Green Party has a core commitment to public services which are not privatised, but are true to their founding principles and can safely continue to be publicly owned for the future. We would stop stop the privatisation of the NHS and seek to reverse sell offs.”

 

Rustam Majainah Green Party Runnymede and WeybridgeRustam Majainah
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Runnymede and Weybridge

“I thoroughly support the aims of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS is a public service that should be run for the common good of us all, not for profit by large corporations. The privatisation brought in by previous governments needs to be reversed.”

 

Emma Van Dyke Green Party candidate Salford and EcclesEmma Van Dyke
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Salford and Eccles

“I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Quality healthcare is a right for all people, and should never be allowed to become a privilege for the rich. This insidious back-door privatisation must be stopped before we lose one of the greatest treasures of our nation, and worse, the many lives depending on it.”

 

Alison Craig Green Party SalisburyAlison Craig
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Salisbury

“This is a very well thought out draft Bill and I am happy to support it. Essentially it aims to restore the NHS to what it’s supposed to be, not just by ending privatisation and the internal market but abolishing the trusts and clinical commissioning groups and restoring local oversight and accountability.”

 

 

David Malone Green Party Scarborough and Whitby GreenDavid Malone
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Scarborough and Whitby Green

“Personally I can think of very few things more important to the future well being of our nation than re-instating the NHS. It is a system that is consistently rates as far superior to the American, free market system. I lived in America and have seen how unfair and expensive a health system run for corporate profit is. The stealthy privatization of the NHS is nothing short of vandalism.”

 

Peter Garbutt
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Sheffield Hallam

“In order to ensure the NHS is run as efficiently as possible and for the benefit of the people, the profit motive must be excluded from it. Privatisation leads to economies in equipment and supplies which bring down standards of care, and to increasing pressure on staff to do more in less time and on lower pay. It also duplicates management costs many times over due to the multiplicity of companies seeking a profit from treating sick people. It is inefficient and unethical. It is also important that the Health Minister’s responsibility for the NHS should be re-instated, in order to restore accountability. Because of this, I wholeheartedly support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. ”

 

Kevin Warnes Green Party ShipleyKevin Warnes
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Shipley

“I fully support the campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. The NHS is being fragmented and opened up to privatised, profit-seeking healthcare. It is vital we restore the legal obligation on the Secretary of State to provide universal, free healthcare and that healthcare must be fully in public hands. Bradford Greens support devolving health to local communities, banishing the market from this aspect of our public services and ensuring health is provided free and efficiently at the point of use for the benefit of everyone.”

 

Theo Simon
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Somerton and Frome

“Most of us have needed an NHS worker more than anyone else at some time in our lives, and I want frontline staff to have the resources they need and the pay they deserve.  Care for everyone has to be at the heart of the NHS, not profit for a few.  That was the proud vision of the wartime generation, and I’m supporting the NHS Reinstatement Bill to win back public control of our most important public service.”

 

Simon Saggers
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South Cambridgeshire

“I believe that the NHS has been one of our greatest achievements. Universal health service, free at the point of need to all people irrespective of their background, circumstance or ability to pay is one of the pillars of our civilisation and one we should fight to maintain. I support the aims of the campaign and if elected would work to ensure the NHS Reinstatement Bill is passed.”

 

Jane Burnet
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South Dorset

“Forcing the most efficient health service in the world to open its doors to profiteers is already destroying our most precious social asset. This scandal must be stopped with the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015”

 

 

Martin Corney
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South East Cornwall

“As Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:

‘Nothing short of a publicly owned, publicly run NHS free at the point of service will do.’

I fully support reversing the privatisation of the NHS.

 

 

Shirley Ford
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South Shields

“I wholeheartedly agree with this proposed bill. We must restore the NHS to its founding principles of healthcare for all free at the point of need, funded through taxation, in public hands. Healthcare is not a commodity to be bought or sold. We must reverse the privatisation and fragmentation that has already happened.  Green policy is that the NHS must be a public service run by and accountable to local and national government and devoid of all privatisation, with no market forces either internal or external. We would protect the pay, conditions and status of staff in health and, so that health care services are delivered with compassion, ensure care reflects people’s needs and promotes the dignity of all patients.”

 

Robert Lindsay Green Party South SuffolkRobert Lindsay
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South Suffolk

“NHS privatisation was started by the last Labour government who introduced the ‘internal market’ and taken up with gusto by the Con-LibDem coalition. Encouraging competition in a healthcare system is not an effective way to provide healthcare services. None of the other parties are yet admitting this. I’m proud that Green MP Caroline Lucas was the first to sign up to the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn Green Party candidate South SwindonTalis Kimberley-Fairbourn
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
South Swindon

“I back the NHS Reinstatement Bill. It’s a scandal that our beloved NHS – which has been at the core of our country’s sense of community and shared well-being – is being sold off piecemeal to create profit where there should be no profit made. The NHS belongs to all of us. It’s being stolen, and we have to seize it back.”

 

Steve Slade
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
St Austell and Newquay

“I am personally convinced that those within the current coalition are eroding the NHS on purpose, so they can eventually say it doesn’t work under public ownership and its a broken system that needs to be replaced entirely with an alternative. And that would be private healthcare. This deeply concerns me.

I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill to reverse the NHS sell-off and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Profiteering must not take precedence over our peoples health and well being. To bring private companies into the NHS simply results in a worse service for more money. We need to protect our NHS and our NHS staff and we need to do that quickly before its too late.”

 

Jenny Ross Green Party candidateJenny Ross
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Stalybridge and Hyde

I was working as an editor on a magazine for NHS staff when the Health & Social Care Bill 2012 was laid before Parliament, and I was absolutely horrified by the ramifications of it, chief amongst which was the removal of the Secretary of State for Health’s responsibility to deliver the NHS, opening up the door for the backdoor privatisation which began under Labour and which was accelerated during the term of our last pro-austerity Coalition government.

The NHS is the heart of our caring country and we must defend it at all costs. I wholeheartedly support Caroline Lucas’s Reinstate the NHS Bill.”

 

 

Jonathan Bartley
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Streatham

“My dad was there at the founding of The NHS and worked in it all his life as a doctor. It is vital that we have a Bill that will challenge the creeping privatisation and competition introduced by successive Governments over the last 20 years and protect the NHS, not just now, but for our own children.  The NHS must be run as an accountable public service, not for private profit, and so I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Jacqui Lovell
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Stockton South

As a former nurse, a community psychologist and a mother to my 7 daughters, I know the importance of timely healthcare which is free at the point of delivery. I abhor the systematic destruction of the National Health Service and the involvement of private companies in any element of the provision of health services including car parking and telecommunications services. These companies adversely impact people living in poverty and can add to their misery at times when their burden is at its greatest. Any organisation which has as its aim the making and taking of profit has no place within care services which is about giving based on the needs of people and not corporation. I support the Campaign for an NHS Reinstatement Bill”

 

Rachel Smith-Lyte
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Suffolk Coastal

It is surely a ‘no brainer’ as they say not to do whatever it takes to keep our beloved and crucially important NHS intact. Reinstating the NHS as being free from commercial interests, continuing to be paid for through our taxes and free at the point of use is unquestionably one of the Green Party’s top priorities, as it is mine personally too. After all, you cannot put a price on health.”

 

 

David Ratcliff Green Party Sutton ColdfieldDavid Ratcliff
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Sutton Coldfield

I fully support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill. Reading the proposals makes clear that the current strategy of commercialisation in conjunction with trade treaties such as TTIP will inevitably remove the universal and person centred health service that I recognise and value.”

 

 

 

Chris Newsam Green Party Thirsk and Malton.jpegChris Newsam
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Thirsk and Malton

“I fully support the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015. The NHS was and continues to be a great national achievement and we must ensure that sufficient funding is available to maintain a free and first class health service for all people. The NHS must remain, or be restored, to full public ownership and accountability. It should never be used to provide profits to private companies or to shareholders. The NHS was founded for the common good of all and must remain so.”

 

Esther Obiri-Darko, Green Party candidate, TootingEsther Obiri-Darko
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Tooting

“I, like many millions of people, have relied upon the NHS. Without the skills and care of the nurses, doctors, and support staff from my local hospital,  St Georges, my journey back to health would have been a very difficult one. That is why I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill campaign. The Green Party is dedicated to maintaining public services and I believe when it comes to health, people not profit should be put first.”

Dee Searle Green Party candidate TottenhamDee Searle
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Tottenham
“It’s a scandal that successive governments have been gnawing away at the NHS through increased privatisation and fragmentation. I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, which would restore the obligation upon the Government to provide a comprehensive health service, abolish competition and market-based commissioning, and re-establish public accountability of the NHS. Healthcare is not a commodity to be bought or sold.”

 

Cathrine Simmons Green Party Torridge and West DevonCathrine Simmons
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Torridge and West Devon

“We only to have to look at the way the NHS is struggling to fund various areas of its work.  To then have to pay shareholder dividends on top is a nonsense.  There is a strange idea that only the private sector can be efficient we know this to be untrue and there are loads of examples such as well run schools and local authorities.  I fully support this important bill.”

 

Gill Coombs
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Totnes

“Caring for people’s health is one of the most important roles in the country, and yet such vital work is treated by this government as the one of the most expendable, and is devalued by competition and profit-making instead of collaboration and public ownership. We need to take profit right out of healthcare, and return to a service-focused model – with joined up thinking and local empowerment.”

 

 

 

Graham Lee Green Party Uxbridge and South RuislipGraham Lee
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Uxbridge and South Ruislip

“I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. I am keen to reverse the cuts and the back door privatisation of the NHS. This will bring the NHS back to the shining example for the rest of the world that it was many years ago.”

 

 

Gulnar Husnain Green Party candidate VauxhallGulnar Husnain
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Vauxhall

“I fully support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill and would push for its inclusion in the first Queen’s Speech after the General Election.”

 

 

Graham Elliott
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Waveney

“I certainly will, and do, support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, as proposed by Professor Allyson Pollock. This is the only real way to end the creeping privatisation of the NHS which all other parties seem to be encouraging. I’m proud to say that Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, was the first to sign up to the bill.  Unfortunately the recent bill backed by Labour, and its MP Clive Efford, and by the local Labour candidate, purportedly to save the NHS, would actually transform the current duty to provide listed health services throughout England into a new duty to commission them. This would make matters worse, opening the door to further involvement of private companies and barely accountable clinical commissioning groups.”

 

Jon Cousins
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Wells

Maintaining a publicly funded; publicly provided health service is essential.  I wholeheartedly oppose National Health Service privatisation and deplore the way other political parties treat healthcare as a market.  Therefore, we must keep the health service free – the Green Party’s policies are to abolish prescription charges, reintroduce free eye tests and free NHS dental treatment for all, and ensure NHS chiropody is widely available.  As Wells MP, I would fully support the inclusion of the Reinstatement Bill – as drafted by Peter Roderick with the assistance of Professor Allyson Pollock – in the first Queen’s Speech after the election, which would reverse 25 years of ‘marketisation’ in the National Health Service, abolish the purchaser-provider split, re-establish District Health Authorities, and other public bodies, and fully restore the NHS in England as an accountable public service.”

 

Rachel Collinson Green Party candidate West HamRachel Collinson
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
West Ham

“I can’t think of anything that I have seen that is more damaging to the NHS than the marketisation and PFI contracts instituted in the last 15 years or so. Our beloved NHS is being carved up and sold off as cheap as chips. Private companies profit at our expense – over £10 billion pounds of our money, annually! This needs to stop, and that is why I support this bill wholeheartedly. Well done to our Green MP Caroline Lucas for introducing it!”

 

Niall Pettitt Green Party West SuffolkNiall Pettitt
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
West Suffolk

“Privatisation in the NHS is dangerous. I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill and the Green Party policy of ensuring healthcare is always free at the point of need and accountable to democratic oversight not profit. There is a time and a place for profit – and it is certainly NOT when the priority should be protecting people at their most vulnerable.”

 

 

 

Julian Roskams
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
West Worcestershire

“I believe that public services are just that – they serve the public. They should be run by the people for the people, not for a few wealthy shareholders intent on turning our need into a quick profit. It is the mark of any decent society how it treats the most vulnerable and turning that need into a marketable commodity offends every principle I hold dear. It is for this reason that I support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.”

 

Jennifer Nadel Green Party WestminsterJennifer Nadel
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Westminster North

I fully support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Private profit should have no part to play in the National Health Service. It should be run for the benefit of all who need it and be protected from privatisation by stealth.

 

 

Chris Loynes
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Westmorland and Lonsdale

“I support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill. Our NHS is envied the world over for very good reason. We are fortunate to have a public service, saving and improving the lives of many that is free at the point of need. The thought that the very nature of this valuable service is being threatened is incomprehensible. As a nation we should do everything within our power to protect the NHS and the staff who are crucial to it’s survival.”

 

James Abbott Green Party Witham 2015James Abbott
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Witham

“Before the 2010 elections, the parties that went into Government variously pledged their support for the NHS – no more top down re-organisations or moves towards increased private involvement. They broke those pledges. The Government now talks of providing more healthcare locally in community hospitals and walk-in clinics, but in many areas the opposite is happening, with facilities closing or not being provided in the first place (such as in Witham), resulting in ever more pressure on GPs and A&E services.

We need to reinstate a fully public NHS, with local communities having a real say in how local healthcare is organised – and an end to the profit motive in healthcare services.”

 

Stuart Macdonald
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Witney

“I support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill. The recent withdrawal of the private sector from the management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire should be a lesson to us all. The private sector is eager to cherry pick the most profitable parts of the NHS and equally eager to abandon them if they become unprofitable. Elective surgery is often profitable: A&E is not.”

 

 

Jill Perry Green Party candidate WorkingtonJill Perry
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Workington

“I support inclusion of a Bill in the first Queen’s Speech after the election that would reverse 25 years of marketisation in the National Health Service, abolish the purchaser-provider split, re-establish District Health Authorities and other public bodies and fully restore the NHS in England as an accountable public service.”

 

Cath Edwards, Green Party candidate, The WrekinCath Edwards
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
The Wrekin

“I support the NHS reinstatement bill because patients and the
dedicated and over worked staff in the NHS need protecting from creeping privatisation, internal markets and top down reorganisation. Profit has no place in health care.”

 

Natalie McVey Green Party candidateNatalie McVey
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
Wyre Forest

“I support the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill. Our NHS is envied the world over for very good reason. We are fortunate to have a public service, saving and improving the lives of many that is free at the point of need. The thought that the very nature of this valuable service is being threatened is incomprehensible. As a nation we should do everything within our power to protect the NHS and the staff who are crucial to it’s survival.”

 

Jonathan Tyler Green Party York CentralJonathan Tyler
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
York Central

“I am appalled by the steady dismantling of the NHS and by the underhand way in which it is being done despite every sign of public opposition. I have seen in my own industry – public transport – the consequences of privatisation, profit-seeking in place of service to the community, fragmentation, inefficiency and the bullying tactics of multinational corporations.  How much worse it will be in so basic a service as health!  I join my Green Party colleagues in our determination to fully reverse what is happening.”

 

Ginnie Shaw
Green Party, parliamentary candidate,
York Outer

“I wholeheartedly support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. We must protect the NHS and uphold its founding principle of access to health care, free to all at the point of delivery. Private profit and the internal market have no place in the NHS. England deserves to have what Scotland and Wales still have, a national health service.”

 

 

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