Clive Peedell

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Clive Peedell
Clive Peedell - National Health Action Party.jpg
Peedell in 2015
Leader of the National Health Action Party
In office
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byPaul Hobday (Interim)
Personal details
Alma materMagdalen College School, Oxford
University of Southampton

Clive Peedell is an English doctor specialising in clinical oncology. He is co-founder[1] and former leader[2] of the National Health Action Party for which he stood as the candidate for Witney against Prime Minister David Cameron in the 2015 United Kingdom general election.[3]

Medical career[edit]

Peedell has worked in hospitals in Swindon, Southampton, Northampton, Leeds and Middlesbrough where, since 2004, he has been a consultant clinical oncologist.[4] He is a member of the BMA Council[5] and co-chair of the NHS Consultants Association.[6] Winner of the 2013 HSJ Efficiency Awards (Innovation in Medical Technology)[7] for leading the implementation of the South Tees Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) program. He is author of Concise Clinical Oncology (Elsevier, 2005)[8] and led the influential letter to The Times signed by over one hundred of the UK's leading cancer doctors and researchers opposing the Medical Innovation Bill.[9]

Political career[edit]

In 2012, Peedell and Dr Richard Taylor co-founded the National Health Action Party[10] in response to the Coalition Government's Health and Social Care Act 2012, which they saw as preparing the ground for the destruction of the National Health Service as a publicly funded, publicly provided, publicly accountable universal healthcare system free at the point of need. The Party ran a number of candidates for the 2014 European Parliament election, after which he announced his intention to stand for election in David Cameron's Witney constituency in the 2015 United Kingdom general election. He came sixth with 1% of the vote in that election. Peedell was lobbying to prevent the privatisation of the NHS and any further budget cuts.[11] His main ambition is to rid the NHS of "the internal market and return it to a publicly funded, publicly provided, and publicly accountable health service-owned by the people, for the people".[12]

That year he also ran 160 miles in six days, from Aneurin Bevan's statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London, in protest against the Health and Social Care Act 2012.[13] This followed his 2013, 65-mile 'CAMarathon' on the 65th birthday of the NHS, from the Department of Health to Witney, where he buried "the NHS coffin" on Church Green.[14]

He resigned as leader of the National Health Action Party in July 2016.[2]

Bevan's Run January 2012

Personal life[edit]

Peedell was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and the University of Southampton (BM, MRCP, FRCR). He is married with two children. A lifelong supporter of Oxford United F.C., he had trials for both Oxford and Leyton Orient F.C..


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  2. ^ a b "National Health Action Party gets interim leader after founder resigns". Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron to be targeted at 2015 election by new pro NHS political party". The Daily Telegraph. London. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  4. ^ "Dr Clive Peedell". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ "BMA - Members of BMA Council". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. ^ "State-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients wins national award - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust". Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  8. ^ Peedell, Clive (25 February 2005). Concise Clinical Oncology (First ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. p. 320. ISBN 9780750688369.
  9. ^ "Cancer doctors oppose Saatchi innovation Bill - Hospital Dr". 15 November 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Cooper, Charlie (2014-03-16). "Dr Clive Peedell: 'If we can catch public anger, we can win seats'". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  12. ^ "Clive Peedell Dislikes "yes men" in medicine" (PDF). The British Medical Journal. 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  13. ^ Weaver, Matthew (15 January 2012). "NHS consultants run 160 miles in protest at government health bill". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
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