Ellie Merton, independent parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow, is campaigning to save Whipps Cross University Hospital from the debt-laden Barts Health NHS Trust
It is the first time that Ellie Merton is running for MP in her local constituency of Walthamstow, but she is no stranger to politics. As a student, she campaigned against homophobia and was elected as the Student Welfare Officer at the University of London. Recently, she has been campaigning for Palestine.
But when Whipps Cross hospital was rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission in March, Ms Merton knew she had to enter the election.
“I realised that I had the motivation to stand for more than just international human rights, and actually do something on an issue that really worried me; my local hospital,” she says.
There are no grand plans to combat unruly PFI contracts in the Conservative manifesto. In terms of the NHS at least, Chancellor George Osborne is promising to put an extra £2bn into frontline health services across the UK.
Looking for some action? Here are some of the key activists to follow to keep a close eye on PFI schemes.
1. Alyson Pollack @AlysonPollack is an academic, public health doctor and leading authority on PFI. She supports the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 which aims to return the NHS to its founders’ vision of an accountable public service.
Campaign for NHS Reinstatement Bill is non partisan- we would welcome support from MPs and PPCs of all parties @nhsbill2015