Worthing Daily recently asked all General Election candidates in the Worthing constituencies to state their case why you should vote for them on May 7th.
Here is what Carl Walker who is standing for the National Health Action Party in East Worthing & Shoreham has to say:
“What I would do for Worthing
“Were I to be elected in East Worthing and Shoreham then I would continue to fight on behalf of the people of our area against the sell-off of our National Health Service and the cuts that have caused so much carnage in recent years. In recent months I led the campaign to stop Worthing Hospital A&E coming under threat due to the private sell-off of services. I did this because I believe our health is the one aspect of our lives that deserves to be beyond the urge toward self-interest and profit. If I were elected then I would continue this work. The NHA Party has been formed by doctors, nurses, paramedics and ordinary people who’ve come together to defend and improve the NHS. We launched the Party in 2012 because we were so concerned and outraged by the government forcing through a massive, multi-billion pound NHS privatisation that no one wanted and no one voted for. The impact of that is becoming clear – funding cuts, hospital closures, increased A&E waiting times, difficulties getting GP appointments, creeping privatisation and billions of pounds wasted on bureaucracy rather than being spent on patients. The bottom line is worse care for patients. The future of the NHS as we know it is under threat.
“I would also provide a voice in parliament that fights to reform the EU to end undemocratic trade negotiations like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that reduce the sovereign powers of the UK. I want to reduce the influence of lobbyists in parliament and end the ‘revolving door’ where MPs move straight into big companies. It is unacceptable that 71 coalition MPs with clear links to private healthcare firms were able to vote on NHS privatisation. We also need to invest in social housing and improve terms for renters and this is a problem in Worthing and beyond and I would fight for this. I have campaigned against the damage of austerity for a number of years and would continue to do so in parliament and finally I would crack down on tax dodging. It makes me and others I talk to in our town angry when we are told that our underfunded health service is unaffordable when we lose £70bn in tax avoidance every year. Multinationals must follow the lead of you and I in paying what they owe.
“So many people have lost faith in the main parties and the career politicians who no longer represent them. I want the people of Worthing to have an opportunity to vote for a local person to fight for and defend their hospitals and health services rather than see them sold off to the highest bidder.”
For more information visit: http://nhap.org/carl-walker/