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NHS England faces first legal challenge for Tory rationing of patient treatment

NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.

Campaigners on Tuesday will try to derail plans to introduce “accountable care organisations” (ACOs), which could force doctors to decide what care a patient needs based on how much money is available rather than how sick someone is.

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Backdoor Privatisation as NHS workers transferred to private companies

“They are taking away my NHS badge”, says one staff member

10,000 NHS staff to begin with are being transferred out of the NHS into the private sector.

Sara Gorton, Unison’s head of health, said: “Staff affected don’t want to leave the NHS. They joined to be part of the health team that helps care for the ill, the injured and the dying.

“These new companies are being set up because of the government’s funding squeeze, but could just open up the NHS to another wave of privatisation by the back door.

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NHS cuts and privatisation have brought no benefits

Even GPs have taken the unprecedented step of urging patients to write to their MPs about the funding crisis in the NHS.

Private finance initiatives in the NHS will cost us approximately £199bn right through to the 2040s, despite the National Audit Office confirming that in London “the costs of services, like cleaning, are higher under PFI contracts”.  It’s a financial mess – driven by the Tories.

With the exception of Tory Jeremy Hunt and others with vested interests the cuts and privatisation have helped no-one.

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NHS cuts and privatisation have brought no benefits

Exposed: Tories with private NHS interests

When there’s money to be made it seems they just can’t help themselves.  If we can’t trust them with the NHS how are we expected to trust them with the UK? Here they are in alphabetical order by surname.

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Harriette Baldwin private NHS interests

Harriett Baldwin was former executive at JP Morgan, a major player in private healthcare.Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.

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Gregory Barker private NHS interests

Gregory Barker held shares in Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.

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Henry Bellingham private NHS interests

Henry Bellingham was director of Lansdowne Advisory Ltd, which has shares in private healthcare company Circle.

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Jake Berry private NHS interests

Jake Berry has interests in legal firm Squire Patton Boggs, which worked with multiple NHS trusts on PFI and PPP programs.

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Graham Brady private NHS interests

Graham Brady was advisor to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company which has worked with the NHS’s new Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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Andrew Bridgen private NHS interests

Andrew Bridgen is non-executive chairman of fresh vegetable distributor company AB produce PLC. The company is listed on the NHS supply chain. In June 2011, Mr Bridgen claimed critics of the NHS reforms were made up of ‘Stalinist protectionist elements.’

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Steve Brine private NHS interests

Steve Brine accepted nearly £15,000 in donations from James Lupton, the chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe which has a global network of corporate relationships in the healthcare sector.

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Aiden Burley private NHS interests

Aidan Burley accepted six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a speech in 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK built an online ‘portal’ for NHS commissioners to help them monitor performance.

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Simon Burns private NHS interests

Simon Burns attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.

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Nick de Bois private NHS interests

Nick de Bois was majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries.

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David Cameron private NHS interests

David Cameron handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £200,000 in donations.

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Damian Collins private NHS interests

Damian Collins spent almost a decade working for marketing agency M&C Saatchi, whose clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck.

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David Davis private NHS interests

David Davis accepted £4,250 for a six-hour speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva.

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Jonathan Djanogly private NHS interests

Jonathan Djanogly accepted £1,900 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, which manufactures medical and orthopaedic equipment and instruments.

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Richard Drax private NHS interests

Richard Drax accepted £14,000 in a series of donations from Derek Luckhurst, chief executive and owner of care home group Agincare.

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Iain Duncan-Smith private NHS interests

Iain Duncan-Smith has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS.

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Philip Dunne private NHS interests

Philip Dunne was a non-executive director for investment firm Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, which had multiple investments in private healthcare companies.

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Michael Fallon private NHS interests

Michael Fallon was director of Attendo AB, a Swedish private health company.

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Mark Field private NHS interests

Mark Field was board advisor to Ellwood and Atfield, a recruitment firm which recruit for NHS positions and private healthcare.

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Liam Fox private NHS interests

Liam Fox accepted £5,000 from investment company IPGL Ltd, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.

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George Freeman private NHS interests

George Freeman has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd, formally private health firm 4D Biomedical Ltd.

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Mike Freer private NHS interests

Mike Freer provided marketing advice to Care Matters, a financial planning company for care homes.

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Richard Fuller private NHS interests

Richard Fuller worked for L.E.K consulting, which has six ‘partners’ in European healthcare.

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Dominic Grieve private NHS interests

Dominic Grieve has shares in Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca, Standard Chartered (Health insurance).

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William Hague private NHS interests

William Hague accepted £20,000 donation from MMC Ventures, which parts owns The Practice plc which runs 60 GP surgeries.

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Philip Hammond private NHS interests

Philip Hammond is beneficiary of a trust which owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd.

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Jeremy Hunt private NHS interests

Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.

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Margot James private NHS interests

Margot James had a key role at marketing giant WPP Group, which had a long list of healthcare clients.

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Mark Lancaster private NHS interests

Mark Lancaster old adviser to property venture capital firm Company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd, a funder of Danescroft Commercial Developments, which has worked in the healthcare sector.

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Andrew Lansley private NHS interests

 Andrew Lansley accepted £21,000 in Nov 2009 from John Nash, the former chairman of Care UK.

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Oliver Letwin private NHS interests

Oliver Letwin was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.

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Peter Lilley private NHS interests

Peter Lilley is non-Executive director of management software firm Idox plc, which provides services to the NHS Health Libraries Group and NHS Education for Scotland.

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Tim Loughton private NHS interests

Tim Loughton accepted £350 for sessions with Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Mary Macleod private NHS interests

Mary MacLeod was a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, which has profited from big PFI deals.

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Francis Maude private NHS interests

Francis Maude was a director of PR firm Huntsworth plc, which was part of lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association.

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Patrick Mercer private NHS interests

Patrick Mercer is adviser to Premier Composites Ltd, who design and build ‘healthcare pods’ for some private healthcare buildings, including a care home in Scotland and a mental health lodge in Preston.

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Maria Miller private NHS interests

Maria Miller was director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertising and brand company which worked extensively with clients in the healthcare sector.

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Andrew Mitchell private NHS interests

Andrew Mitchell was a strategy adviser to global management firm Accenture, which has worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS.

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Penny Mordaunt private NHS interests

Penny Mordaunt had worked for lobbying firm Hanover, where she had a range of healthcare clients.

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Brooks Newmark private NHS interests

Brooks Newmark is partner in the Allele Fund, which invests in healthcare startups.

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Jesse Norman private NHS interests

Jesse Norman accepted £5,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

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Stephen O’Brien private NHS interests

Stephen O’Brien accepted £40,000 from Julian Schild, whose family made £184 million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.

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George Osborne private NHS interests

George Osborne accepted donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters from Julian Schild

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Richard Ottaway private NHS interests

Richard Ottaway visited the USA to attend seminars and meetings with elected US officials and policy forums. His return flight and accommodation were financed by Atlantic Bridge and registered 4 years late on 20th October 2011.

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Priti Patel private NHS interests

Priti Patel worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which does PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms.

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John Redwood private NHS interests

John Redwood advised the private equity company which runs Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated internet and mail order pharmacy.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg private NHS interests

Jacob Rees-Mogg is partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, which has healthcare investor Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client.

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Malcolm Rifkind private NHS interests

Malcolm Rifkind is Chairman of advisory board at L.E.K. Consulting LLP, which helps private healthcare firms identify “new business development” and “opportunities with the Government”.

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David Ruffley private NHS interests

David Ruffley accepted £10,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.

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Mark Simmonds private NHS interests

Mark Simmonds  accepted £50,000 per year as a “strategic adviser” to Circle Health.

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Chris Skidmore private NHS interests

Chris Skidmore accepted £3,500 for speeches to STAC Consultancy, which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products.

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Nicholas Soames private NHS interests

Nicholas Soames accepted £2,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

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Andrew Tyrie private NHS interests

Andrew Tyrie attended the Ryder Cup as Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society, with travel and accommodation paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. This is the man who said he wants fracking but not in his back yard.

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David Willetts private NHS interests

David Willetts has shares in Sensortec, a company that owns Vantix which was working on a contract for a new product to detect MRSI.

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Rob Wilson private NHS interests

Rob Wilson had shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.

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Nadhim Zahawi private NHS interests

Nadhim Zahawi is non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, which specialises in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector.

 

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Theresa May refuses to rule out the NHS becoming part of a trade deal

Theresa May has refused to rule out offering up the NHS to American companies as part of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

The Prime Minister’s refusal to protect the NHS from American businesses comes days after a Twitter row between US President Donald Trump and UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Under a private NHS you would have to reach into your pocket much more.  Not everything is covered by insurance (which you’d also need to take out under a private NHS).  Many Tory MPs (and some Labour) have financial interests in private health insurance.  This means selling off the NHS would benefit their own pockets.

For people who require insulin you’d have to pay for it yourself.  According to the Facebook post 30 days supply of insulin costs $807.96 (which at the time of writing this article equates to £579.29).  Check live conversion here.

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Theresa May refuses to rule out the NHS becoming part of a trade deal

Senior Tory MP urges Jeremy Hunt to stop NHS privatisation

A senior Conservative MP has called on Jeremy Hunt to put the brakes on plans which campaigners have previously claimed could open the NHS to privatisation.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Commons Health Committee, has written to the Health and Social Care Secretary urging him to delay a new contract for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) – due to be implemented later this year.

It comes after Professor Stephen Hawking joined legal action last year that is seeking to scupper the establishment of ACOs in England.

Jeremy Hunt, co-author of a book calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance has yet to comment.

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NHS privatisation soars as private companies win 70% of clinical contracts in England

NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year.

The figures, revealed in a report by campaign group the NHS Support Federation, undermine repeated government claims that private companies play a small role in NHS care provision.

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Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 16

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Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 17

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Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 18

Figure 3 clearly shows a rise to NHS tenders going to private companies and a fall in NHS tenders from 60% to just 36%.

Read the NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market.

The extent of Virgin Care’s portfolio has angered campaigners, as the company pays no tax in the UK, and its parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven.

Speaking of tax – UK tax fraud has risen to £16 billion per year according to the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator – page 22.  This makes Tory claims of doing something about it rather empty.

Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from Andrew Law a major private healthcare investor.  He isn’t the only MP with such dealings – take a look here for details.

The very same Andrew Law also donated £2,034,785.34 to the Tories (expecting nothing in return of course).  Have a look here for details.

Here is the book Jeremy Hunt co-authored calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance.

Here is the price list for your confidential medical files as the Tories sell them off.

No doubt Jeremy Hunt is looking forward to his fourth payrise in two years in return for all the ‘good’ he is doing with the NHS.  Meanwhile those in the NHS who save lives have to ‘make do’.

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