Rheumatologist turned politician
Richard Taylor tells Wendy Brown why he stood for parliament in an attempt to stop the downgrading of his local hospital
Have you ever felt appalled by the state of the NHS or the closure or reduction of services in small, local, general hospitals? Well, why not set up your own political party? One man felt just like this and on 7 June Richard Taylor of Health Concern was elected with a majority of nearly 18 000 to be MP of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. It was one of the best turnouts in the general election (68%).
Dr Richard Taylor, a 66 year old retired rheumatologist left Kidderminster Hospital after 23 years, but since April 1999 he has campaigned on the main issue of preventing the downgrading of the hospital.
Health Concern's fundamental belief is that, “We are all entitled to proper medical care within reasonable reach.” It maintains that