Monday, March 21, 2011

NHS Reforms and Tory Donors - What Does Liberating the NHS Really Mean?

The information you are about to read has mainly come from research on the internet and is readily available in the public domain and I will list the main sources below, however, some is from direct sources which I cannot list in order to protect them.

 "Liberating the NHS"

Amid other reforms of services crucial to the wellbeing of our people, the Tory-led government are trying to railroad their NHS reforms through parliament, without proper consultation and without the  proper scrutiny of parliament. In fact they have already implemented a lot in the reforms before the bill has even been passed by parliament, showing an arrogant disregard for parliament and the British constitution. Although this arrogant disregard is in itself  alarming enough it is by far not the real cause for concern. It has been an eye opener discovering how the Tories in particular, like to do shady deals with bankers, arms dealers, and hedge "funders" who all incidentally donate to the Tory party, or are connected in some other inexplicable way to the Conservative party, in this report we are going to concentrate on the NHS, and try to show the biggest threat facing the NHS today is coming from the Tories, individual donors with agendas to push and private healthcare providers.

 For this purpose I am going to be using some of the text of a video I came across  to show you the extent of the involvement and connections of our politicians today.  The video is quite the most brilliant piece of investigative work I have come across, but as well as that I am going to include other material I have put together from a variety of sources which I have researched. I aim to keep exposing the Tory party, because I truly believe in my opinion that although no government is whiter than white, this particular Tory government has corruption at its very heart. I will give links throughout the report indicating where I obtained some of the information from.

Anyone writing a blog or any kind of report is absolutely free to use any material shown on this blog, as long as it is to expose the Tories and help rid this country of this kind of bent and twisted government, all I ask is that you provide a link back here, this report has taken considerable effort and research, I don't want thanks, I just want people to be made aware so we can unite and fight for our NHS (and other public services). This coming week is a very important week, George Osborne is set to deliver a budget that will give private firms the right to run just about every single public service apart from our courts and security. Schools, hospitals, the police are sitting targets for privatisation, they call it small government, but what do the Tories actually mean by big and small government?

Have you heard of  "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein? It is well worth reading and in it we get some sense of what the Tories are actually trying to do to our society, make no mistake, this is no conspiracy, take a look around you, listen to them, really listen to what they are saying, they are manipulating the public into believing something which does not really exist. How else would they be able to get you to accept the most draconian policies? The Tories are trying to get us to accept the dismantling of big government and trying to have us believe that this is a good thing. The Tories hate big government, because big government means taxing the rich to provide services for the majority of people, ie healthcare, education, welfare etc, if none of us paid taxes we simply would not have a welfare state, The Tories have always been looking for ways to get out of looking after people, but they could not come out and say this because if they did they would never have got elected, so they have done it this way, they have used the deficit as a form of shock to get you to accept a whole massive range of measures you would never normally accept. If you think that small government is brilliant and you will have more cash in your pocket that is fine, and you think you can go it alone and buy in all the services your family needs from the cradle to the grave in education, health, welfare etc, good luck to you - the majority cannot afford it. I will show on here that behind the Tories dismantling of the welfare state, education and our NHS etc lies other reasons and these will be exposed as you read through this report, maybe at the end of it and you have seen what is going on out of public view within the Tory party, and how people stand to gain out of your money and your social, mental and physical wellbeing, you may not think that "big government" is such a good thing after all!

What do the the Tories mean when they say they are "Liberating the NHS"?  Simply, "liberating the NHS in Tory terms means unprecedented cuts in quality and quantity of NHS services, job losses and denial of accountability.

How deep does the financial backing of the Conservative party by private healthcare companies really go? I'll provide as much information here in one place and leave you to make your own minds up.

GPs do not want to undertake this work they are not accountants, so they are being encouraged by the government to outsource this accountancy work to outsourcing companies like KPMG.

The NHS is suffering greatly with this government. People don't realise just what is happening. There have been whole departments just closed and in Liverpool alone so many people will lose their jobs on the 31st of March, in fact this will just be the start of it and this is going to have a huge impact on frontline services everywhere, take a good long look at your local accident and emergency department, it may not be there for you to use freely next time you need its services. What is the reason for this? The reason is that the Tories want to get rid of the NHS as part of their parring down of "big government".

NHS will be competing with the private sector for every bit of healthcare provided by the NHS.
Liberating the NHS is just another name for a radical assault on the NHS. It really means – unprecedented cuts; job losses; denial of accountability and privatisation. It means liberating the NHS budget to hand it over to the corporate sector.
Groups of for profits companies are circling the NHS wanting a cut of that £100 billion pound budget and thanks to the Tories, prime minister David Cameron, chancellor George Osborne, deputy pm Nick Clegg and the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, these Private Commissioning Companies are pretty close to getting what they want.
These companies hire lobbying agencies and think tanks who they pay to push their agenda with our MPs. Lansley's white paper has been heavily criticized for opening the doors of the NHS to private FOR profit companies. The extent of Andrew Lansley and David Cameron's involvement with such agencies is really quite astonishing.
NHS care has always been provided primarily by NHS providers this means that NHS institutions which by their nature are accountable to the public. Hospitals are NHS institutions and are accountable to the public. Unless the Tories are stopped very soon this is going to change to a system called “any willing provider” this means that anyone who wants to tender to deliver an NHS services can put in a bid and that of course in this context this means the private sector. So the NHS will be competing with the private sector for every single bit of NHS care that is delivered. At the same time another major change in NHS care is GPs are going to be handed the lion share of the NHS budget (approximately £80 billion) to buy or commission services/care for their population, the trouble is that most GPs don’t want to do it, don’t have the time to do it and don’t have the skills to do it, so this is yet again another opportunity for the private health companies, which means another opportunity for private companies to come in and get their hands on lucrative NHS contracts, from accountancy firms, legal firms right through to someone selling pharmaceuticals to GPs. Understandably many GP’s do not want to take over this role of accountancy and searching for the best deal, or service etc, so they are being encouraged by the government to give that work to private commissioning companies and outsourcing companies like Serco, Capita and KPMG and Unitedhealth and they will hold that huge £80 billion budget. AS WELL as this, the Tories are forcing the NHS to CUT services by a further £20 billion. I have been told that this £20 billion will come off of the existing £100 billion health budget, so GPs and hospital trusts may already be looking at a £20 billion cut BEFORE they start! Although the Tories want to talk in terms of "savings" and NOT "cuts", CUTS are exactly what these are, do not allow them to lie to you and fool you.
The majority of these big private healthcare provider companies who are circling our NHS are American and these very same companies who have been spending a billion dollars per day to lobby against President Obama's healthcare reforms, why? Simply because they know they stand to lose money if America adopts a system similar to the British NHS. Who has been helping these companies in their war of words against adopting a British style NHS? No other than British MEP Daniel Hannan, who is a close friend of prime minister David Cameron. Who put Hannan up to this? Has Hannan been taking money from lobbyists? Hannan caused outrage in the UK when he began trashing our NHS on American TV and his mate Dave was forced to go on TV and defend the NHS, but it was allowed to drop there, but this did not stop Hannan, he carried on doing this. What TV new network did Hannan appear on in America? Fox News, which is owned of course by News corporation and Rupert Murdoch, both Rupert and his son James are close friends of David Cameron (Google Andy Coulson Cameron's former chief of communications to see just how close!). It is no secret that Rupert Murdoch does not like big government and his close friendship with Cameron could be the reason why he gave over prime air time to Hannan, who used data pre labour's reforms which was out of date to rubbish the NHS and cause widespread panic in America about our healthcare. However, questions and an investigation should be mounted to see if and if so just how much "in hock" to these healthcare providers Tory MEP Daniel Hannan actually is.
Here is a quote from Andrew Lansley when he was in opposition;

In UK there are many ways that these companies lobby our politicians, they employ lobbyists, they employ their own lobbyists, they pay agencies, they pay think tanks, they lobby through trade associations, but crucially they close to our decision makers by employing political insiders and United Health UK is no exception, its vice president in the UK is someone called Simon Stevens who was health policy advisor to Tony Blair and the architect behind New labour’s NHS reforms. Lobbying is a huge industry and lobbyists are engaged in an attempt to manage the political process, they cannot do this without having contact with people inside politics, with ministers, civil servants, MPs, connections to the House of Lords. This means lobbyists want to get very close to them so what happens is that people will move from working as a Labour party researcher, or as a Tory party spin doctor into a think tank, or a lobbying agency as part of their career progression, they might then move back and become an MP or a special adviser, they may even become a minister and at the end of their ministerial career they may move swiftly off to Europe with a big health care corporation like for example Patricia Hewett did with Boots.
Lets start naming some names.

Westminster Advisers, which is a lobbying agency in London which exists to push their agendas with politicians have been hired by the big five big private hospital companies in the UK. They have formed a lobby group called H5, they employ their own political insiders and the person who works on the H5 account is a former Liberal Democrat speech writer to the former Lib Dem shadow cabinet. Westminster Advisers is literally one of hundreds of lobbying agencies that exist in London most who are within 10 minutes of parliament. The lobbying industry in the UK is a £2 billion industry which is overwhelmingly paid for by huge corporations, a large part of this is health care.  Corporations who want to make money out of providing healthcare services and pharmaceuticals etc. will hire a lobbying agency to push their agendas with politicians on the inside of government decision making. Two billion pounds to these large corporations is virtually nothing, they spend it on lobbying companies to enable them to make larger profits.
Edelman Public Relations and Lobbying Company-  it has 55 employees working in its dedicated health department. It lobbies for amongst others BUPA, AstraZenica and Pfizer.  
According to its entry in Who's Who in Public Affairs 2006, Edelman Public Affairs' “vantage point provides clients with the insights they need to shape policy at the national and global level… We help them to form relationships with legislators, officials, special interest groups and sovereign governments to achieve their economic and political objectives… orchestrating a wide range of strategies and tactics including research, coalition building, stakeholder mobilisation, media relations and grassroots activities.

Edelman Breaching the lobbyists code

In September 2007, The Sunday Times reported that Edelman Public Affairs lobbied the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in July 2006 on behalf of a client, Pelcombe. At the time, Heather Rogers, wife of John Hutton, then secretary of state for DWP, was a director at Edelman. Pelcombe subsequently secured contracts with the DWP. Edelman failed to register its relationship with the firm on the Association of Professional Political Consultants’ (APPC) register – a breach of the APPC’s code of conduct.
The Sunday Times reported: “In a proposal drawn up by Edelman in July last year (2006), the lobbying firm offered to fix meetings for Pelcombe’s managing director with MPs and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) officials “for the joint purpose of building relationships and gathering intelligence on current and future policy”. It added: “Targets are to be selected from the existing ‘political contact list’ as appropriate.” The Sunday Times reports that it was initially told by a source at Edelman that Pelcombe was “Heather’s client” and that she had introduced the firm to the lobbyists. This was later retracted.
Edelman's failure to register Pelcombe as a client is in breach of the APPC’s code of conduct includes a requirement for member agencies to disclose their clients and consultants.The then chairman of the APPC, Gill Morris, accepted Edelman’s apology for the “oversight” and the remedial action the company agreed to take. Michael Burrell, Edelman’s Europe vice-president is a member of the APPC’s management committee.

 Lobbying can overwhelm the democratic structure of our government, certain interests can dominate by spending lots of money or by being able to populate the area around the decision makers, so of course what our decision makers are constantly hearing is from special interests and not concerns from citizens.
QUILLER CONSULTANTS - Lord Chadlington and David Cameron. Next door to the Queen at Buckingham Gate is a company called Quiller consultants which is own by Lord Chadlington who is a very close ally to David Cameron, it lobbies for among others a private equity firm heavily invested in healthcare and also Capita  which is a huge outsourcing company which is involved in the NHS.  Lord Chadlington admitted priming four private equity leaders before they gave evidence to a highly charged Commons inquiry. Lord Chadlington, who bankrolled Mr Cameron’s leadership bid, helped senior figures from Permira, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, 3i and Carlyle to prepare for an appearance before the Treasury Select Committee on June 20, 2007 Quiller Consultants are the people lobbying on behalf of capita etc. are also incredibly connected to the Conservative party. George Bridges and David Cameron's Band of Etonian Brothers , George Bridges was invited by David Cameron to run his general election campaign, and also employed, is the former chief of staff  of Theresa May and an ex strategist from the department of health, all lobbying for and pushing the agenda of these companies that hire Quiller consultants. Quiller consultants have the ear of the none other than the prime minister through Lord Chadlington. 
CAPITA - On Victoria Street with parliament just down the road is the offices of Capita which is a huge outsourcing company and £3.3 billion of Government (our) money has gone through Capita’s books since the Tories came to power.  Capita is in the running to take over NHS Direct (Now NHS 111)  has donated £1.5m in donations to the Conservatives in the last ten years, it would seem that the odds are stacked in its favour. Although following public outrage at the mere thought of the demise of NHS Direct Andrew Lansley has said it is only the the telephone number that has been changed, that is not quite the truth! There are several pilot schemes of NHS 111 using predominantly untrained staff to man the phones, staff given just 72 hours training as opposed to the years of training and experience of a fully qualified nurse and I am told that already staff are reporting the instances of those being advised to go to their local Accident & Emergency departments is rising rapidly, this will cancel out any savings being made, but nonetheless, it still looks like Lansley is set to ignore that and will award the contract of NHS Direct over to Capita. 
2020health - The idea to scrap NHS Direct was put forward to Andrew Lansley in June 2010 and just barely 2 months later with virtually no consultation he made the announcement, the idea was put forward by a think tank called 2020health who have their offices just up from parliament at 83 Victoria Street. Andrew Lansley has described the think tank 2020health saying; “I have been very impressed with some of the discussions and documents that have emerged from 2020health. They are looking at serious issues and providing valuable impact on future policy”, policies which include giving more NHS work to private sector companies. describes itself as an independent grass roots think tank, funded by people like you, for people like you. It takes a lot of money from pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Novartis, Lilly, and also companies looking to get into tele-health market like BT and *VODAFONE* and it is in an excellent position to influence Conservative politicians on behalf of all these companies, 2020health chairman is a man called Tom Sackville. (You will recall that recently George Osborne allowed Vodafone OFF of paying a £6 billion tax bill it owed to the British Treasury)
TOM SACKVILLE- who in the 1990’s was a former Tory health minister, he is also the UK CEO of  an international network of private health insurers called the National Federation of Health Plans which has offices in Victoria. Tom Sackville is head of the International Federation of Health Plans, which represents one hundred private health insurance companies in 31 countries. In 2010, 2020Health, the centre right think tank with close links to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was out in force at the Conservative Party conference. It is chaired by  the CEO of a huge global network of health insurers, at the same time as arguing for a greater role for the NHS in the private health sector.

Julia Manning and David Cameron
JULIA MANNING -  FOUNDER of 2020health and CEO. Julia Manning stood as a Tory party candidate. Don’t believe politicians who try to tell you that think tanks are independent, they are not, they are usually set up by  people who have particular and big agendas usually funded by big business. Julia Manning, director of the think tank and a close adviser to the Tory leadership, claimed that ending free treatment for minor or “lifestyle” illnesses could save £20 billion a year — about a fifth of the annual budget. Examples of this include varicose veins, acne, short stature, IVF, cosmetic surgery and moderate increases in blood pressure or cholesterol.”
The most controversial proposal is to end IVF on the NHS, which is already heavily rationed by health authorities. And who would gain if the NHS stopped giving these treatments and services? Private Healthcare hospitals of course! No wonder Tory founder of 2020health wanted to do this!

The Stockholm Network -  was actually set up partly by Pfizer the big American pharmaceutical company. There is a whole network of think tanks around about our Houses of Parliament, free market think tanks who also sometimes form into  networks like the Stockholm Network. which is a network of over 120 think tanks, who are engaged in a whole range of lobbying activities across Europe and here in the UK. Think tanks look to be providing the arena for debate and research, but how objective is it when it is funded by all these companies that have a vested interest in the NHS?  Think tanks allows big business to push their own agendas and their own interests and it is in their own interests to get on side with the minister and have the minister address their own conferences. This is a quote from its website  entitled "The Welfare State After The Crisis" ... "Britain has experimented with aspects of market-oriented reform and with ideas from other countries but such reforms are nevertheless still viewed with suspicion. Yet a new government and a new economy makes a revolution in the way public services are provided in the UK unavoidable. No longer just the territory of think tanks, the debate about the role of the state in public services is now leading the news agenda".
Gesundheit! Issue 8
by Stockholm Network (published 2011)

Gesundheit! is the Stockholm Network’s bi-monthly newsletter that highlights developments in contemporary European health and welfare policy. Issue 8 focuses on the debate surrounding the UK Coalition Government’s reforms of the NHS. Early in his term, health secretary Andrew Lansley laid out his plans for a radical shake-up of the NHS and these plans have now been presented to parliament and are undergoing consultation. The prime minster David Cameron has contended that “fundamental changes" are needed to raise standards in Britain to the levels in other systems in Europe, whilst the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband has said that the health policy has "taken the national out of the national health service".

The full contents of this edition, as well as their contributors, are as follows:
  • Commentary: Free Radicals? – Helen Disney, chief executive of the Stockholm Network;
  • NHS Commissioning: A Better Way Forward – James Gubb, director of the Civitas Health Unit;
  • Drug Pricing Reforms: A Switch to Value-Based Pricing – Paul Healy, senior researcher of the Stockholm Network;
  • New Public Health White Paper for England: Lessons for National Public Health Systems, or Things to Avoid? - Dr John Middleton, vice-president of UK Faculty of Public Health;
  • Stockholm Network Publication – Sharing the Burden: Could risk-sharing change the way we pay for healthcare?;
  • Stockholm Network Event – Patient Safety and Comfort: The challenges of switching medicines.
The Policy Exchange Think Tank and David Cameron and Francis Maude - The Policy Exchange is David Cameron's favourite think tank and the one that is closest to parliament, it was co-founded by Cabinet Minister Francis Maude and it has lobbied for more private sector involvement in providing NHS services. Archie Norman, Francis Maude and their allies set up two separate think-tanks as part of their modernisation project. One, XChange Ideas or simply XChange, would be rebranded as Policy Exchange a few months later. A company limited by guarantee, formed in October 2001, became XChange Ideas on 9 November 2001. A separate company Conservatives for Change was also was set up that October, and was branded CChange. The two were presumably kept separate to allow Policy Exchange to apply for charitable status as a non-partisan organisation. Conservatives for Change supplied the initial funding for Policy Exchange, with a loan of £75,000. Policy Exchange applied for charitable status and was registered with the Charity Commission on 3 March 2003. Registering as a charity can provide numerous tax breaks for think-tanks. Charities do not normally have to pay corporation tax, capital gains tax, or stamp duty, and gifts to charities are free of inheritance tax. They can also pay significantly reduced business rates (e.g. council tax) on the buildings they occupy.
The prime minister’s favourite think tank  and several other leading Tories pay NO corporation tax  and lobby to see more work carried out by private companies, work which is currently undertaken by the NHS.
Policy Exchange was investigated by the Charity Commission after an MP complained in February 2007 that it was close to the Conservative Party. The Charity Commission report found no evidence of party political bias but identified a number of issues: One was concerning transparency – The original source of concern was that the Charity was supporting a political party and carrying out political activities. Whilst the Commission determined that there was no evidence of party political bias we determined that there is a need for greater transparency, particularly on Policy Exchange’s website. Information contained on the website following events in 2007 failed to sufficiently highlight or identify the cross-party speakers at events hosted by the Charity
Current and former trustees of Policy Exchange Ltd. as registered with Companies House on 3 January 2010.
Policy Exchange is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee (i.e. without shareholders), meaning that these directors are also the trustees of the charity. Please note that many of these are in fact current financial backers of the Conservative party.
The earliest directors were the Conservative MPs
 David Willetts and Francis Maude who resigned in June 2002 and were replaced by a number of public figures (initially mainly journalists) with less direct connections to the Conservative Party. The most notable of the early trustees was Michael Gove who was appointed Chairman of Policy Exchange. He was then a Times columnist, but would later become a Conservative MP and then a Minister in the Cameron Government Gove resigned in January 2006.

 Other trustees who have since left the board include John Micklethwait, a writer for The Economist, and Iain Dale a right-wing author and blogger who subsequently became a columnist at the Daily Telegraph.

The 13 current trustees are a mixture of right-wing journalists and wealthy businessmen. Theodore Agnew, Richard Briance, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler, George Robinson, Edward Sells and Simon Wolfson are all British businessmen or financiers who have donated to the Conservative Party.

 Robert Rosenkranz, an American multi-millionaire financier would be precluded from donating as a foreigner but has provided funding to Policy Exchange and Localis  (and the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute)

Those trustees who are not drawn from the world of business or finance however are all affiliated to Britain’s conservative press. Virginia Fraser is the widow of Frank Johnson,  a former deputy editor of the The Sunday Telegraph (1995-99) and editor of The Spectator  Alice Thomson is a comment writer at The Times and a former associate editor of the Daily Telegraph  and Charles Moore, Policy Exchange’s Chairman, is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, and The Spectator.

Policy Exchange’s first director was Nick Boles, a former member of Westminster City Council considered part of the ‘Notting Hill Set’ – an informal group of young Conservatives connected to the Prime Minister David Cameron. Before joining Westminster Council Boles ran a DIY business, prior to which he 'worked for a few years in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe, helping state-owned industries prepare for private ownership.'  Boles is a former flatmate of Michael Gove  who was Chairman of Policy Exchange whilst Boles was director
One of the companies that Policy Exchange  has taken money from is a company called Tribal, which is looking to getting into the GP commissioning process which is of course taking over work from GPs. One of the directors of Tribal has actually described Andrew Lansley’s reforms as being the”denationalisation of health services in England”. 

The Adam Smith Institute -  known as the grandfather of pro-business, free market think tank’s which is a fierce critic of the NHS, it thinks that the government should only regulate healthcare and that healthcare should be privately funded and privately provided by private sector companies. Its president, Madsen Pirie, has said "We propose things which people regard as being on the edge of lunacy. The next thing you know, they're on the edge of policy".
It was the primary intellectual force behind privatisation in the Thatcher era, and, with the Centre for Policy Studies and Institute of Economic Affairs, drove Thatcherite policy on privatisation, taxation, education, and health. The Adam Smith Institute was behind the sales of council house stock and the scrapping of the existing local-government tax in favour of a per-capita charge was later implemented by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, whose government introduced the poll tax in Scotland in 1989, and in England and Wales in 1990. The poll tax was disastrous for the Thatcher government and is widely seen as a complete failure which precipitated the downfall of her leadership.
More recently The Adam Smith Institute said:  Congratulations to the new Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, for what could be the biggest revolution in the UK's state-run National Health Service for 60 years. We knew that the Conservatives favoured GP budget-holding: at one stage, their leader David Cameron made no bones about it.
One comment on their website said: "Make a charge for hospital food, so much per day, or weekly charge. Be reasonable.
Issue vouchers to benefit claimants."

Dr Eamonn Butler is  author of The Rotten State of Britain. The Adam Smith Institute’s co-founder is  Eamonn Butler who said:
(Taken from the Conservative Home Comment  ) : I can’t decide whether David Cameron’s new Big Society idea could become a Big Disappointment or a Big Bully.
Right now, nobody quite knows if the idea is anything more than a damp Steve Hilton marketing squib. And the idea of letting people run their own post offices, libraries and bus services – in just four trial areas of Liverpool, Eden Valley, Windsor and Sutton – is hardly a ‘revolution’.
But whatever it is, Big Society sounds an awful lot better to me than Big Government – unless Big Bureaucracy tries to run it......

 Eamonn Butler is also on the advisory board of another lobby group called Nurses For Reform.

David Cameron and Dr Helen Evans
Nurses For Reform
Nurses For Reform - Director Dr Helen Evans:  Dr Evans is the director of a right-wing libertarian “think tank” called Nurses for Reform, which, according to its website: "believes that the government should re-cast the NHS as simply a funder of last resort alongside an insurance and self-funder based market. It believes that the state should set free – through a range of full blown for and not-for-profit privatisations – all NHS hospitals and healthcare provision."
Along with the Adam Smith Institute Nurses For Reform is also a fierce critic of the NHS, and once it called the NHS a “Stalinist Nationalised Abhorrent".
Following a meeting in 2008 between Dr Helen Evans and David Cameron Dr Evans said:

"I had been invited by him to discuss NFR’s ideas on the future of health policy and presented a range of ideas. Amongst others, these included the end of national collective pay bargaining for nurses and doctors, the view that the state should not own or have any of its agents manage hospitals, a world of widespread health advertising (to overcome problems of patient ignorance through trusted brands) and a dramatic liberalisation of hospital planning laws. On this latter point, central government should have no say in when and where any hospital is opened or closed."

"If he becomes Prime Minister I have no doubt NFR will meet with him and his policy team again."
So if his party really is committed to the values of the NHS, if he really has distanced himself from the cranks in his ranks who describe the NHS as “a 60-year mistake”, why on earth did he even meet a group that advocates large-scale privatisation of the NHS? An organisation which criticises the American healthcare system for being "a highly planned, regulated and government funded system."

If like Cameron has said on his campaigns in opposition, "there would be no top down re-organisation of the NHS" why was he meeting with all these think tanks and lobbyists all vying for NHS contracts and for the break up of the NHS? Many of which have strong connections to the Tories and many of which actually donate money to the Tories? Cameron must have know all along what he and Lansley were planning to do to the NHS, but instead of informing people he blatantly lied and mislead the British people. Of course he knows that if he had come clean about what the Conservatives were planning for the NHS they would never have got elected. And of Andrew Lansley Interestingly, there is no mention on the NFR website of the presence of Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at the meeting. Did Cameron take the meeting on his own, and if so, why? Why would Cameron hold a meeting about the future of the NHS and not take along Andrew Lansley, supposedly the architect of the Tories NHS reforms?
Dr Evans expounds her views over at the Adam Smith Institute in an article entitled “The micro-politics of hospital privatisation”, in which she calls for the NHS to be renamed the “National Health SYSTEM” (her capitalisation).
In a classic PR move Nurses For Reform claims to be a grass roots organisation representing the views of ordinary nurses but like the Adam Smith Institute it is completely opaque about its funding. It is very difficult to find out about who funds the think tanks because none of the think tanks are transparent about how much they are paid and for what and by whom. How NFR can claim to represent the views of ordinary nurses is baffling, how can they do this, what research have they carried out?

Reform  - is yet another pro- business free market think tank also set up by a Conservative minister Nick Herbert. Reform has charitable status, it too is pushing for more private company opportunities within the NHS. This means there will be more private companies providing the services that we get and there are Tories behind nearly all of these lobbying companies and think tanks. This is part of reforms Vision statement taken from its website 
"We believe that by liberalising the public sector, breaking monopoly and extending choice, high quality services can be made available for everyone. Reform would remove public services from the escalator of ever-rising costs. It would enable policy makers to aim for a lower level of taxation and public spending which would better suit the UK's current and future economic challenges." Reform’s deputy director is a person called Nick Seddon, who prior to that was actually Head of Communications at a private hospital company called Circle. Nick Seddon was only 31 when he landed this post at the Directory of Social change.

 CIRCLE- has just been awarded the very first contract for a private company to run a whole hospital. The person who replaced Nick Seddon at Circle came straight from Andrew Lansley’s office. He came from the Department of Health to Circle to become their Head of Communications!
Andrew Haw began in operational research for the coal industry and progressed into the Department of Health. Andrew then moved to Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he worked primarily on the design and implementation of large-scale systems in the government sector and on healthcare management and IT consultancy. Accenture is the company The company that gave up two failing NHS contracts and then tried to paper over the cracks claiming it had all been a roaring success it is also connected to the Tory party by David T Mowat  who was elected as Conservative MP for Warrington South May 2010. Mr Mowat was a Global partner at AccentureCircle Health Ltd has won the contract to deliver NHS services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdonshire, (Previous Tory prime minister John Major's old constituency) which has been previously managed by an NHS management team and is now nearly £39m in debt. Circle will be the first independent provider to manage an entire NHS acute hospital in England. Circle describes itself as a private limited company that describes itself as a social enterprise.
Mark Aichroth joined Circle from Mercury Healthcare where he was the Commercial Director of Mercury Health and helped win an Independent Sector Treatment Contract worth £214 million from the Department of Health.

DOCTORS FOR REFORM- (Reform mentioned above) actually supports Doctors for Reform and not surprisingly, Doctors For Reform are another lobby group who claim to represent the grass roots. The chief spokesman for Doctors For reform is a GP called Dr Paul Charlton, but he also runs a private centre for cosmetic treatment. Dr Charlton is also director of the think tank 2020health and chair of something called the Conservative Medical Society which is affiliated to the Conservative party. Doctors For reform says it is funded by private donations but has actually taken a lot of money off of private healthcare companies eg drug companies, Pru health the health insurer and also the largest private hospital company in the UK called General Healthcare Group. General Healthcare Group funded a reform conference in 2009 which they invited Andrew Lansley to speak and he shared a platform with the CEO of General Healthcare Group as well as Simon Stevens from United health UK.  General Health Care Group is chaired by Sir Peter Gershon who helped the Tories draw up savings (CUTS) in the NHS, this is a direct conflict of interests.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 on March 16th 2011 about GP consortia, hospitals and improving patient care. He spoke to Dr Paul Hobday and Dr Paul Charlton, Dr Anna Dixon from the King’s Fund and Dr Helen Evans from Nurses for Reform.  Note how the names Dr Paul Charlton of Doctors For Reform and Dr Helen Evans  keep popping up? This was taken from the Department of Health website. (You can also listen to the radio interview from here at approximately 1.09 it is a good listen, you really get a sense of exactly what Evans and Charlton are about!) Strangely the Department of Health forgot to mention that Dr Charlton is chief spokesman of Doctors For Reform, it may have looked top heavy and stacking and staging what with Dr Helen Evans also on the programme from Nurses For Reform (Both affiliated to the Adam Smith Institute. (ASI thinks the NHS should be privatised) This radio programme had six people on it and the guests were heavily stacked in favour of Andrew Lansley's reforms, the BBC only invited one doctor and one person from the Kings Trust on who was actually against the reforms. Vine introduced Dr Charlton as a GP, what Vine did not know was that Dr Charlton also runs a private cosemtic surgery clinic and was part of the think tank Doctors For reform who lobby on behalf on private healthcare companies. (DH has Dr Paul charlton down as Charlton, the radio programme introduces him as Charleston, but he is one and the same person)

KPMG has donated at least £500.000 directly into the coffers of the Conservative party.
Recently the KPMG Partnership for Commissioning has won one of the first contracts to support the development of the early waves of pathfinders across NHS London and help them to become commissioners of services in the future.
The partnership, claimed to be the first of its kind, sees KPMG teaming up with UnitedHealth UK, the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), Healthskills, NHS Primary Care Commissioning and legal firm Morgan Cole.

The NAPC maintains it is not political, but it is  political it is almost sycophantic in its adoration of the Tories, read it for yourself, it "warmly" backs the Conservatives.  NAPC stands to gain from winning contracts from the Tories radical reforms, how can it be non political and non biased when it has placed itself in a compromising position? One of its *PRIVATE* GPs Dr Johnny Marshall has publicly backed David Cameron, fair enough, but then we should also know that Dr Johnny Marshall of NAPC has also helped UnitedHealthcare a controversial *PRIVATE* US company, win NHS contracts !

Question 1: - Why specifically, was the contracted awarded to  KPMG?

Question 2: -  Did NHS London run an open tender for this contract *BEFORE* awarding it to KMPG? (This is required by competition law) If they didn't, then this contract is most likely illegal.

Question 3: - Was the problem of conflict of interests with the Conservatives and KMPG taken into account?

Derby City Primary Care Trust has already been put out to tender and has had three expressions of interest;
 1. BUPA; 2. Boots and 3. AN-other.  (The deadline for tenders apparently passed a few weeks ago.)

Andrew Lansley has said that GP Commissioners will have to honour present contracts. However, I am informed that there appears to be a lot of contracts being signed in a "hurry" but with absolutely no clear evidence of tendering.

Lord Blyth - Boots Chemists deputy chairman. Tory Donor. Stands to gain from the break up and privatisation of the NHS wants to buy the Walk in Centres.

UK Pharmaceutical Industry Courting the Conservative party -
The UK pharmaceutical industry has also begun gearing up for a change in government, as drug companies have been reshuffling their public affairs teams and courting the Conservative party. The American Pharmaceutical Group handed public affairs briefs to Hanover Communications, who also represents National Health Service (NHS) cancer screening departments, and in December 2009 hosted a meeting on the Conservatives’ approach to regulating business.

John Nash - Hedge fund boss  is one of the major Conservative donors with close ties to the healthcare industry.
John Nash and wife Caroline gave £203,500 to the party over the past five years.
Andrew Lansley also accepted a £21,000 donation for his private office from John Nash, chairman of Care UK.
Mr Nash STILL continues to work as a consultant to the firm, which provides walk-in centres, GP surgeries and other specialist services, after selling his majority stake to a private equity firm last year.
Lansley has been accused of a direct conflict of interest because Care UK makes 96 per cent of its money from the NHS.
At the time the Lib Dems slammed the payments as a “staggering conflict of interest”.
Now the Liberal Democrats are totally ignoring this and helping the Tories vote the decimation of our NHS through parliament.
MORE than a year after a company chairman’s wife donated £21,000 to the office of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, the same company has been awarded a £53m NHS prison health contract.
The contract, awarded by the North-East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, has been awarded to Care UK rather than current NHS providers.

Private Health Care -  companies had donated £750,000 to the Tory party, asking: Doesn't  the Prime Minister see the conflict of interest in this?

Sir Peter Gershon - Chair of Healthcare UK and whose company stands to benefit millions from NHS cuts, which Sir Peter himself helped the Tories to draw up! If ever there was a clear cut case of conflict of interests this is it.

Ryan Robson - Major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45 his company invests in numerous private healthcare firms including Choice and Christchurch Court, which provide specialist and residential care.
His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s “Leader’s Group”, a secretive cash-for-access club. The would-be MP, who tried but failed to get selected as the election candidate in Bracknell, is managing partner at Sovereign Capital.

Dolar Popat - Nursing and care home tycoon  has given the Conservatives £209,000.
Has amassed an estimated £42million fortune as founder and chief of TLC Group, which provides services for the elderly.
Mr Cameron made the businessman a peer shortly after entering No10 last May, and Lord Popat’s donations include a £25,000 gift registered a week after the Tories’ health reforms were unveiled last July.

Sir Christopher Gent - non-executive chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, (drug company) has given £113,400 to the Conservative Party.

IC Technology- which provides computer services to the NHS, has handed the Tories £70,000 over the past two years.

Philip Scott - chief of the Priory Group, has donated £20,000.
The famous Priory Clinic is private but Mr Scott has revealed in the past most of its income comes from NHS or local council referrals.

The Trichological Clinic Limited - which operates out of Harrods has handed balding David Cameron and the Tories £10,000 last year.

Senior Tories - who helped formulate the party’s health policy in Opposition have had links to private health care and health insurance firms.

Julian Schild -  When in opposition Shadow minister Stephen O’Brien’s office received three payments totalling £40,000 from Julian Schild. Mr Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.

BUPA - Mark Simmonds MP - A second shadow health minister Mark Simmonds accepted a US trip to Boston worth £4,512 from private health provider BUPA.

Lord McColl of Dulwich - Tory health spokesman in the Lords, is a consultant of Endeavour Healthcare. David cameron has previously defended Lord McColl of Dulwich, after it emerged that the peer is a paid consultant to a new private healthcare company that provides a paid-for rival to the NHS's GP service.

Dr Mark Lloyd-Davies - Defeated Prospective Tory MP for Bristol South.
Would have made a valuable addition to the Conservatives’ pharma-friendly team. According to the Conservative website: “Mark is the UK head of the pharmaceutical government affairs and communications team in the world's largest healthcare company [Sanofi-Aventis], so he’s already familiar with the workings of Westminster.”

Mr Heathcoat-Amory- FORMER Tory MP for Wells and a former Treasury minister, registered a payment of "£1,671.08 and health benefit to the value of £86.17" in July from Western Provident Association, which provides private medical insurance policies.
The former  MP also worked as a non-executive director for the firm, which pays him around £20,000 a year, as well as his former duties as a constituency MP.
Helen Whately - Former Conservative parliamentary candidate has shrugged off any suggestion of a conflict of interest, after it emerged she works for the same consultants helping draw up plans which could see the A+E or maternity unit at Kingston Hospital removed.
Her website states she works as a management consultant specialising in healthcare, mainly in the NHS but does not mention her employer McKinsey.
Aventis Pharma -
Andrew Lansley and Simon Burns  attended an oncology conference in the US paid for by Aventis Pharma.

Norbrook Pharmaceuticals - Millions of pounds donated to the Tories by Norbrook Pharmaceuticals, which boasts its mission is to "aggressively expand" its healthcare business.

Johnson & Johnson - Tory register reveals donations from a lobbying group that works for Johnson & Johnson, the US multi-national health and hygiene corporation.

London Secure Services - Mr Lansley has also registered a donation from London Secure Services, a care firm that sparked outrage after it ran up  £1.24million in debts and made its staff redundant with two hours notice.
It is almost impossible to untangle all the connections and interconnections between these think tanks, lobbying companies, Tory donors and the Conservative party, however what has become clear is that there is certainly room for corruption. If Andrew Lansley goes ahead with his NHS reforms, not only will the Tories cause major disruption and probably deaths in the NHS, it is not only going to introduce the private sector, but it will almost certainly introduce corruption at all levels.
Dr Jacky Davis, the BMA Council member who proposed a motion calling for outright opposition, had earlier received two standing ovations after she warned representatives the Government's reforms could 'destroy the NHS'.
Dr Davis said: ‘If you think the Government will listen to us you’ve probably got fairies at the bottom of your garden.’
‘If we don’t reject this bill it will be a long term disaster. The association will have no future if we have a privatised NHS.’
She added: ’All we’ve got from being inside the tent is a close up view of Mr Lansley’s bulldozer.’

There is a long way to go for this bill and a lot to fight for, we CAN and we MUST STOP this privatisation of our NHS. The privatisation of the NHS should be decided by the people in a referendum, it should not be left up to corrupt politicians, involved with lobbyists, think tanks and health companies, and big Tory donors. The government lied to the people and totally mislead us, they never once mentioned these reforms, they have no mandate for them and they MUST listen to us and STOP this certifiable insane reforms.

I hope I have shown you what is going on behind the scenes with this Tory government, however remember this is but a small snapshot of what I have managed to research.
I believe our government is "institutionally corrupt" and is far too involved with with big financial backers. Cameron, Osborne, Lansley, Gove, and Maude have been totally and utterly dishonest and have mislead us, and as the Liberal Democrats keep telling us they support this government and are part of this government, then they must also be complicit, remember if the all the Liberal Democrats voted against this government, they would NOT be able to bring these NHS Reforms in. Remember this when you vote in the coming May elections!


Julia said...

OMG what the hell have we got in government in this country? Corrupt bastards the lot of them!
Gracie what a brilliant piece of work.

Anonymous said...

David Cameron fooled me with his lies I wont be fooled again.

Chris said...

Thanks for putting this together.
Where can I find the video you refer to at the beginning?

Thanks and keep up the good work!