Thursday, 24 October 2013

David Cameron's financial engagements with health companies

We asked John Penrose MP to find out how many Cabinet members had financial interests with companies who stood to benefit from the increasing privatisation and franchising of NHS services.
He declined, and tossed the question back to us.

Although we feel that it is properly the job of an MP to investigate potential conflicts of interests in the Government which could distort decisions that bear on his constituents' interests, we have started the process here, not least because a Conservative researcher might be inclined to find out the whole truth.

We will post on the ministers one at a time. There is a lot to get through. "Over 200 parliamentarians have recent past or present financial links to companies involved in healthcare and all were allowed to vote on the Health and Social Care bill, turning it into an Act."

Our source is the excellent Social Investigations blog. though the Search the Money website is useful also.

We start at the top, with David Cameron.

Cameron (DC) has received £22,000 from Huntsworth, which has health interests. £10,000 went to his leadership campaign.

DC received £25,000 shortly after the health reforms were started from Lord Popat's TLC Group, which funds private nursing homes. Popat was made a Lord shortly after Cameron got into No 10.

DC has an adviser called Mark Britnell. He is/was head of KPMGs Global Health group. KPMG is heavily involved with the NHS dismantling reforms and CCGs. Britnell said the NHS should be shown no mercy.

In 2005 Cameron received £1,500 from care home property company Chiltern Care Holdings according to the electoral commission

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