Two cancer doctors ran from Leeds to Sheffield dressed as David Cameron and Nick Clegg in protest at what they describe as the “dismantling” of the NHS.
Dr Clive Peedell and Dr David Wilson, consultant oncologists and are prominent members of the National Health Action Party which formed last November because of concerns at the Government’s NHS reform, ran 35 miles dressed as the Prime Minister and his Deputy.
Dr Peedell, aged 40, who, wore a jacket, tie and David Cameron mask, while Dr Wilson, aged 42, was on a lead and dressed up as “Cleggy”, the orange poodle.
The pair ran from the Department of Health in Leeds to deliver an NHS death certificate in Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency.
Dr Peedell said the NHA Party were opposed to the new Health and Social Care Act, which came into effect from April 1, as well as new NHS regulations which force nearly every part of the NHS to be opened up to compulsory competition, which he says breaks election promises.
He said: “The new legislation signals the end of the English National Health Service as we know it. We now have an English Health Service, not an NHS.
“We need to fight back to reclaim and reinstate the NHS. The National Health Action Party is here to take up this fight. It won’t be easy and it will take a long time to reverse the damage, but it is possible.”
Dr Peedell will run 65 miles to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS later this year.