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Dr Paul Hobday's novel way to save the NHS

By Alan Smith

Paul Hobday spent 30 years as a GP in Sutton Valence.

After retiring from clinical practice, he has devoted much of my time campaigning "to save the NHS" and even stood against Helen Grant for the Maidstone and the Weald constituency in the General Election of 2015 on behalf of the National Health Action Party, polling 583 votes.

Now he has thought of a new way to alert the public to what is happening to Britain's most treasured post-war institution - the NHS.

Dr Hobday's book
Dr Hobday's book

He has written a novel.

Dr Hobday, from Churn Lane, Horsmonden, said: "The Government is introducing a new GP contract, which among other things incentivises GPs to restrict care. It's called the Shared Savings Scheme.

"In my opinion this will be the death of traditional family practice.

"There's also the issue of the down-grading of stroke services in Kent - both topics feature in my book."

The story concerns Rob Baigent, a GP doing the only job he ever wanted. But he becomes more and more alarmed about the growing misery he sees on a daily basis.

Dr Paul Hobday
Dr Paul Hobday

Gradually he becomes aware that there is an ideological design behind the changes. Big business is manoeuvring to take over not just the NHS, but the Government and our whole way of life.

Is he becoming paranoid? His wife thinks so, but then why are people out to get him?

The more he discovers, the more he realises the extent of the plot.

The author said: "In my 30 years as a GP, I felt very privileged to be trusted to care for sometimes five generations of the same family.

"But throughout that time I fought a seemingly losing battle to help protect the founding principles of the NHS against ignorant politicians, the medical establishment, a gullible media and a bewildered public.

"In desperation, I've written this book."

The Deceit Syndrome is published by Strand and costs £15 from Amazon.

ISBN 978-1-907340-22-2

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