Dr Carl Walker
Dr Carl Walker is our prospective parliamentary candidate East Worthing & Shoreham
Dr Walker is the principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Brighton and researches in community mental health. He was chair of the European Community Psychology Association Task Force on Austerity and Mental Health. He previously stood for the NHA party in his home constituency of East Worthing & Shoreham at the General Election in 2015. He is a member of the NHA national executive committee.
He played a lead role in his local campaign to stop the NHS Muscular Skeletal contract being privatised, has written a book on his own experiences of the NHS, 'Picked Up, Patched Up and Sent Home', and has a satirical eye on events, despite his serious commitment to the fight for public service. He is a party spokesperson on mental health, but is also a fierce defender of education and has a concern for the involvement of mental health professionals in Job Centres, eloquently expressed in his essay for openDemocracy in 2015 'Dance of Destitution: Psychology's clash over coersion'. He has recently written blogs for Taypayers Against Poverty as part of a series alongside Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett of The Equality Trust. He is the author of books, publications and research in psychology.
Dr Walker is motivated to stand for election by the hypocrisy to date of all the main parties' pledges on the NHS, especially on mental health. He says,
I am passionately committed both to a public NHS and to challenging those whose contempt for democracy means that they will ignore the needs and desires of their electorate in order to seek profit. That's why I stood in 2015. Now things are very much worse. NHS England's Sustainability and Transformation Plans, combined with falling government spending per head on the NHS is reshaping the service. What's left when they have finished will look more like the USA's Medicare, a second class system for those who can't afford to pay. I have watched mental health services being reduced to inadequate levels. Now the other services are following that route. That's not the NHS I want."
The National Executive Committee is in continuing discussions about candidates including potential Progressive Alliance candidates.
The National Health Action Party was founded in 2012 as a response to the Health and Social Care Act which removed the Secretary of State for Health’s Duty to Provide the NHS and introduced full competitive tendering. If you would like to interview Dr Walker please contact our press team.
Dr Carl Walker's personal statement
"I stood in the 2015 election because I was so concerned and outraged by the government forcing through a massive and disastrous NHS reorganisation. The Conservative Government took the result of the election to be a 'mandate' but no one knew they were voting for the privatisation of the NHS.
In the two years since then, the situation has become worse. Due to deliberate sustained underfunding we are now seeing NHS Ambulances fail to reach the most seriously ill and injured patients in time. Sick children's wellbeing is compromised by a shortage of NHS staff. Dozens of accident and emergency units are facing closure or being downgraded in a move which senior doctors say has “disastrous” consequences for the NHS.
Since Theresa May became Prime Minister the decline in standards for NHS patients has been atrocious. Targets are missed across the board and her Government refuses to accept responsibility for its fundamental failings in respect of the NHS. As a university lecturer, I see the same things happening in education. I am sick of hearing politicians say they care about our services while they cut our services.
This is why I am standing for the National Health Action Party in this election.
The NHS is being destroyed, our adult and child social care is being cut so severely that more and more desperate and unwell people are not getting the healthcare they need. This is not the NHS I want for my kids. This is not the NHS I want for any of us.
I am standing to represent all of us who want to put our NHS first in this election."
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