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About Dr Greg Tanner

I am a retired GP.

It was my great privilege to serve the people of Bridgwater and latterly Highbridge for nearly 25 years.

During this time I developed a strong interest in caring for cancer patients and was fortunate enough to be appointed as a GP Advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support, a National Clinical Lead (Primary Care) to the Cancer Services Collaborative, and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oncology at Bristol University Medical School. I helped develop the first National Cancer Plan with Professor Mike Richards who at the time was the national “Czar” for cancer services. As a result of these efforts I was awarded an “Outstanding Achievement Award”-the first GP to be so honoured- by the then Somerset Primary Care Trust.

For many years I worked as a GP Trainer.

In 2016, along with Dr Mike Staunton, I was sent to the West Bank in Palestine by the British charity “Medical Aid for the Palestinians” (MAP). Our remit was to advise the Palestinian Authority on how to further develop Primary Care services. Whilst there we witnessed at first hand the illegal settlements, the restrictions on travel (most roads were heavily restricted by the Israeli Army) and the contemptuous attitude of the Israeli army. I found this profoundly shocking.

During the Covid pandemic I came out of retirement to work full-time as a locum GP in Somerset. I argued against the lockdown and correctly predicted the effects it would have on patient care (an increased incidence of late diagnosed cancers, heart disease, diabetes and strokes) and the catastrophic economic problems which resulted.

Throughout I consulted patients face to face and worked in clinics dealing with Covid positive patients, many of whom I admitted to hospital. I was aware of the dangers of “silent hypoxia”-a feature unique to Covid patients whereby their oxygen saturations drop to dangerously low levels without obvious clinical signs-at a very early stage and was instrumental in getting pulse oximeters distributed to vulnerable patients nationwide so that they could self- monitor their oxygen levels.

As a doctor I have long felt that the NHS is set up for the benefit of the people who work in it rather than their patients. The terrible inefficiencies and dysfunctional managerial practices have been very apparent to me throughout my career. Fundamental reform is needed.

Prior to becoming a doctor I worked as an assistant accountant (I am part qualified) and during the cold war served in the Parachute Regiment.

I studied Chemistry and obtained an upper second class honours degree from London University and was intending to go on to do a PhD at UCL before being offered a place at Medical School. I worked for a time as a Research Chemist for Valor International.

Studying chemistry gave me a very vigorous training in scientific method which has ever since been invaluable to me.

Over the last 10-15 years I have become increasingly aware of the general incompetence and indeed corruption which seems to be prevalent in all three major political parties. Our public services have been “salami-sliced” to a point where they no longer function properly. Infrastructure is literally collapsing around us.

During my lifetime a series of terrible scandals have been covered up by the Establishment with the collusion of the three major parties…Thalidomide, Hillsborough, Grenfell, the Post office and the pandemic.

There is a very urgent and immediate need to bring about wholescale changes so that government serves the people rather than the other way round. I believe that the British Worker Party under George Galloway is the only party which properly recognizes our deep societal problems and has a workable plan to deal with them.

I hope to be able to continue the great privilege of serving the people of Bridgwater as your MP.

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Our Key Policies

Decent, Affordable Social Housing

Social Housing was something this country pioneered back in the day. We want to return to this, but with a modern twist, to provide affordable, cost-effective housing produced for people to live in, but using automation to meet the high demand for housing due to a failed free-market system.

Nationalise the NHS

The NHS has been broken into a million pieces — all of them private. It’s time to return the NHS back into public hands, do away with all of the expensive and convoluted market systems within it, and turn it back into a system which is responsive to the people, and for which, parliament is responsible. No more highly-expensive and useless PFI contracts.

Community-led Redevelopment

We will deliver mass-produced housing which will be affordable, and will provide families with homes of good quality. This will be done not by wasteful investment projects or private firms, but with automation and community-led building plans so that what gets developed in a community is what the community want, not what multi-national corporations want.

Bring in Children’s Online Wellbeing Act

We want to protect our children from addictive social media that leads to mental health, lack of confidence and self-harm issues. We want to limit enhanced content and all advertising to under-18s. That means taking on big Social Media companies in the Parliament to protect our future.

None of the mainstream parties would dare take on big corporate social media companies. This reason alone should be enough for you to vote for an independent party this election.

Stop the Genocide in Gaza

We are not afraid to call it what it is – Genocide! Most people agree with us, but the mainstream parties are simply ignoring the people. Make your vote Count! We do, by also supporting students!

Starmer’s Labour stands for relative reticence to criticise Israel. He said they have the right to cut off all water, food and electricity. He has never condemned any of the bombing of refugee camps killing hundreds at a time. That is unforgivable.

Reduce Bills – Nationalise the Utilities

Water and the Rail sectors are the prime examples of disastrous privatisation by Labour and the Tories. We stand for nationalising the utilities.

Labour – a supposedly left-wing party, can’t even name 3 industries they would nationalise.

For the full national manifesto of Workers Party of Britains follow this link.