Which London candidates have pledged to protect patients?

27 April 2021

Following the recent unprecedented takeover of 49 NHS GP practices in London by Centene Corporation, We Own It and 22 other organisations representing doctors, pensioners, housing advocates, public service users and NHS patients have launched the London Patient Protection Pledge.

If you're a London Assembly or Mayoral candidate, please read and take the pledge.

Centene Corporation is a US health insurance company with a track record of bad practices. This includes being found guilty of “systematically” underpaying doctors and depriving patients they sold health insurance to access to doctors and health centres. 

Studies show that GP practices run by private firms are worse for patients than those run by traditional GP partnerships. Patients express higher levels of satisfaction with GP practices that are not run for profit.

Centene’s track record suggests that profits will come before patients in their operations in London. This means that the quality of care that patients receive will suffer and London’s health inequalities could deepen even further. 

Here are the candidates that have taken the pledge. Ask Assembly and Mayoral candidates not on the list to take the pledge today

Mayoral candidates

Luisa Porritt

Richard Hewison 

Sian Berry 

Valerie Brown

Vanessa Hudson 

Assembly candidates

Andree Frieze 

Anita Halpin 

Anne Clarke 

Benali Hamdache

Caroline Russell 

Claire Bonham

Claire Sheppardd

Edward Apostolides 

Emma Wallace

Hannah Sawtell 

Helen Spiby-Vann 

Jarelle Francis

Judith Cazorla Rodenas 

Kirsten de Keyser 

Krupesh Hirani  

Len Duvall AM 

Lorraine Douglas 

Mary Ion

Maureen Martin 

Peter Underwood

Phil Brand 

Robin Talbot 

Stewart McGill 

Tim Kiely

Zack Polanski

Do you believe in public services for people not profit?

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Susan S replied on

Introducing profit into the equation skews the relationship with patients & employees. It is fundamentally incompatible with service provision in the public sector.

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