Formed by a group of healthcare professionals, including hospital doctors, a GP and professors of public health, primary care and paediatric epidemiology, NHA is totally committed to promoting policies that ensure high quality patient care. Despite their promises to protect the NHS, all three main parties have betrayed the public over the NHS. A&E units are being closed or downgraded, some hospitals are on the brink of collapse, services are being broken-up and contracts given to profit-making corporations. Thousands of NHS jobs will be wiped out by 2015.
Dr Clive Peedell ran from Aneurin Bevan's statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London in February to protest against the Coalition's Health & Social Care Bill. He says: "NHA will send a clear message to the public that the NHS will be increasingly dismantled and handed over to the corporate sector unless we fight to maintain it as a public service, dedicated to the public interest".
Dr Richard Taylor's electoral victory in 2001 was based on a campaign to improve services at Kidderminster General Hospital. He says: "There is a desperate need for doctors, other health professionals and patients, independent of the main political parties, to take a lead in restoring and protecting the original ideals of the NHS".
Dr Louise Irvine, a GP in South East London, says: "The government's reforms reduce patients' access to quality health services, turn GPs into healthcare rationers, increase bureaucracy and waste billions of pounds that could instead be used to fund vital health services".