Sunday, 2 March 2014
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Compilation of Parliamentary Financial Links to Private Healthcare
This represents the latest list of recent or present financial links between parliamentarians and individuals or companies involved in private healthcare.
The list is up-to-date as of March 2nd 2014. Another list will be drawn up prior to the election. The previous list is representative of who had these interests when they voted on the Health and Social Care bill, helping it become Act.
MPs and Lords are able to vote on legislation, even when they have a direct financial interest. This happened with the Health and Social Care Act, which saw the NHS being forced into a world of an external market. The legislation was written for industry, by industry and is part of the overall plan for it’s demise and the eventual takeover by private health insurance companies.
Not our words, but those of Oliver Letwin and John Redwood in their 1988 publication for the Centre for Policy Studies, ‘Britain’s Biggest Enterprise.’
The rules are not fit for purpose, it is not enough to simply register your interests and then vote as you like. Local councillors must abide by a stricter regime, which is imposed on them by parliament. Why should we the public be placed in a position whereby we have to take the politicians word for it that despite their interest, their vote was in the best interest of the public? It is time, that parliament ended this hypocrisy.
What point are the rules, if there is no punitive action when they get broken. The committees made up of parliamentarians, decide the punishment of themselves. When a serious wrongdoing is committed, all that is often handed down, is a suspension, whiles they are able to remain on as an MP, before being able to return to the fold. Resignations mean nothing to parliament, but a great deal to a public who rightfully see our political elite as a law unto themselves.
So, when an opportunity came for the public to receive more power in the form of a ‘Recall’, the government failed utterly to introduce it. The message this gave, was that we do not trust you with more power, especially that, which will hold our elected representatives to account.
The list below, which is by no means totally complete, highlights the various interests in healthcare. They are of varying significance with some persons being the sole owners of companies, chairman, directors, advisers, consultants, shares, you name it. What this list should do is act as a catalyst to reform. Many of those on the list are attached to companies that have financially gained from the changes made possible by the new Health Act, which in turn was made possible by their vote.
The list has gone out far and wide, although largely ignored by the mainstream media. Therefore it is up to us all to spread this list as far and as wide as possible.
- Lord Ashcroft: Conservative benches and funder – Until 2010, held investments in two private healthcare groups. From his website ‘Other business interests include significant investments in healthcare.’ In 2010 bought a 34% stake in The Priory for £44m.
Also From his website at the bottom of the news:
New Businesses: Recent investments by Michael Ashcroft include stakes in: Digital Marketing Group: a multi-media electronic marketing group of companies, who through Jaywing, the data division of the Digital Marketing Group, who were appointed to work with with the NHS Supply Chain on sales and marketing communications. Digital Marketing
Group has changed its name to WEARE 2020 PLC.
Donations: Lord Ashcroft has donated £112,726.09 to Conservative Central party between 2001/02 and £3,200 to Liam Fox in 2006. Lord Ashcroft has given the party more than £4.3m since 2006. Ashcroft has donated over £10 million to the Tory party according to the BBC.
- Lord Ashton: Conservative – Shares in Marsh Inc insurance brokers and in Zurich Financial Services AG – In a review for the Department of Health of the NHS litigation Authority – written by Marsh Inc, it recommended involving opening up clinical negligence cover over to private insurers. Zurich Financial Insurers said they didn’t have the expertise but the Marsh review envisaged opening up a dialogue which might eventually give them the information they needed. The DoH unsurprisingly accepted the large majority of Marsh’s recommendations. Lord Ashton also has shares in a private dental company called Smilepod Hygiene Ltd.
- Lord Bell: Conservative – Chairman of Chime Communications Group, whose companies include Bell Pottinger, and whose lobbying clients include Southern Cross, BT Health and AstraZeneca. Tim Bell has a conviction for ‘wilfuly, openly and obscenely’ exposing himself ‘with intent to insult a female’ under Section 4 of the 1824 Vagrancy Act. For more on this delightful personality, which bears little relevance to the NHS but says so much about the character click here. If that isn’t enough then please click here to see their attempts to work with the Ubekistan dictatorship.
These are the following health-related companies within Chime Communications Group:
Open Health: PR for the healthcare sector.
Open LEC: Healthcare Advertising and Marketing Services, the creative, advertising & brand communication practice within OPEN Health. Campaigns for Lipitor, Losec, Vioxx, Aricept, Symbicort, Atripla and Prozac. Healthcare brand development, advertising, promotional materials, brand revitalisation and digital.
Open Minds: Advertising and Marketing Services in the healthcare sector.
Open Plan: Global Healthcare market research and brand planning.
Reynolds Mackenzie: Advertising and Marketing Services Division who’s clients include the pharmaceutical industry.
VCCP Health: Advertising and Marketing Services
Donations: Bell Pottinger has given £56,980 to the Conservative party between 2008 and 2012 and £2,500 to the Labour party to Rhondda CLP. In 2001, Lord Timothy Bell gave £2,500 to Michael Portillo. Chime Communications PLC gave £15,000 to Nick Herbert in 2008.
Quote: ”As a diversified communications group we see healthcare as an attractive sector in which we wish to compete strongly. The acquisition of SCL strengthens our recently established healthcare practice OPEN Health still further.” – on the acquistion of the Succint Communications Ltd company
- Lord Blackwell: Conservatives – Chairman of Interserve, consultancy to NHS and private healthcare firms. Involved in PFI hospitals. Head of the Prime Minister’s policy unit under John Major from 1995 to 1997 and was previously a member of Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit. Was a partner with McKinsey and Company (involved in NHS bill between 1978 and 1994. Interserve recently won a place on the Welsh Government: Designed for Life supply programme covering the entirety of NHS Wales. See article on him and Interserve here.
Quotes on bill: We are now 10 years further on from that and it is important that the changes are not lost in the voices that will always oppose changes that are necessary to reform the way that the NHS works. I hope that, while listening to those voices, the Minister can assure us that these essential reforms will be carried through and that the period of uncertainty for the NHS will not be any longer than it needs to be before we can get to the kind of reformed NHS that we all want to see.
Further quote:”The funding of healthcare must also be liberalised”
- Lord Blyth of Rowington: Conservative – Senior adviser to investment bankers Greenhill, who have considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Healthcare sector. Former Boots Chemists deputy chairman. Currently on leave of absence
Donations: £39,950 to Conservative Central party on years 2007/09/10
6. Lord Boswell of Aynho: Conservative – Has shares in Reckitt Benckiser which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. The company has just paid a fine for £10.2 million in 2010 following a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading which found them guilty of illegal anti-compative behaviour relating to their heartburn product Gaviscon. Lord Boswell’s shares have in brackets household part of the company, but in the end it is the same company. He also has shares in GlaxoSmithKline PLC pharmaceuticals. The new CCGs open up increased opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to present their products to the new commissioners.
7. Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: Conservative – The former Conservative Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley is a Director of BUPA, the health insurance, private hospital and care group. Chair of Odgers Berndtson – recruitment company providing people for NHS Management positions. Shares in Broomco Ltd, which is a holding company of International Resources Group Ltd, which owns Odgers Berndston.
Board member of Akzo Nobel a multi-national company that specialises in paints and speciality chemicals. Akzo Nobel is listed in the NHS purchasing directory as decoration suppliers. Their tentacles reach into the NHS in other ways. Paul Kenderick the interim chairman of Newham University hospital was an employee of Akzo Nobel. Within the NHS he was for a number of years an Independent Special Advisor to the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium, providing purchasing, supply chain and commercial services to trusts. It is not suggested Mr Kenderick preferred his ex-employer when making purchases but such conflict of interests will become of increasing relevance in the new NHS.
Baroness Bottomley is a Member of the International Advisory Board for Tokyo-based Chugai Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, which researches biotechnology products. The company offers trials promoted through the NHS, as well as representing NHS South-West APBI last year on a discussion on improving ‘existing methods of communication between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.
Quotes on bill: ‘I give this Bill an unequivocal and extraordinarily warm welcome.’
‘It is romantic poppycock to think that the Secretary of State should be personally involved …’
Donations: Bupa UK gave £4,512.76 to Conservative MP, Mark Simmonds, for a ‘fact finding visit’. Accepted 27/03/2009
Richard Boggis-Rolfe the chairman of Odgers Berndtson has given £207,500 in donations to the Conservative party between 28/09/2006 to 03/03/2010.
8. Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Conservative – Advisor to Teijin who are a conglomerate of global companies. One part of the business is the medical and pharmaceutical business group. Teijin Home Healthcare Limited supply products to the NHS and Teijin Pharma Ltd provides pharmaceuticals to the NHS.
9. Baroness Byford: Conservative – has shares in Reckitt Benckiser (personal care). which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. The company has just paid a fine for £10.2 million in 2010 following a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading which found them guilty of illegal anti-compative behaviour relating to their heartburn product Gaviscon. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals which supply the NHS. Shares in Uniliver plc (domestic products) Unilever whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Shares in Croda International plc which has a health division which products and has extensive links with the NHS.
10. Lord Carrington: Conservative – has shares in GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals, suppliers to the NHS. shares in Unilever plc. Unilever has a European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company.
11. Lord Chadlington: Conservative – Chief executive of Huntsworth communications group with several lobbying firms. One of the firms, Citigate Dewe Rogerson operates in a number of healthcare markets including provider, retail, and pharmaceutical. Another of the group, Grayling, work with both the NHS and private healthcare. Huntsworth Health, which itself is a group of agencies who chaired a meeting on commissioning on behalf of Healthcare Communications Association, a group whose members consist of PR agencies and pharmaceutical companies. The company claims to have expertise in ‘market access, brand development and public relations.’ Another of their group are called ‘Red’, who claim to offer ‘ethical healthcare’ pr.
Donations: Huntsworth has given £45,600 to the Conservative party in total during the years 2008/09/10/11 – Chadlington and his wife have given £80,823.91 of which £44,700 went to the Central party – £21,623 went to David Cameron’s office in Witney. £4,500 went to Michael Howard’s leadership campaign and £10,000 to Cameron’s leadership campaign. See article on him here.
12. Lord Coe: Conservative – In February 2011 became Director of AMT-Sybex Group, IT supplier to the NHS. Same company that paid for a trip of former MP Robert Keys. William Hague is listed as a director in 2008, and former Tory Mayoral candidate for London Steve Norris is listed as their chairman.
13. Baroness Cumberlege of Newick: Conservative – Former Tory health minister, runs Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry. Used to be non-excutive director of PR firm for healthcare huntsworth PLC, of which Lord Chadlington is Chief Executive. Former executive director of healthcare consulting firm MJM healthcare solutions. Chair of the All parliamentary Health Group, patron of the think tank 2020health.org. Has made money from offering courses to the new CCGs. £1,200 +VAT for a one-day course for Horsham and Mid-Sussex and Hastings and Rother CCGs. Paid £12,896 from NHS South-Eastern Hampshire and NHS Fareham and Gosport CCGs via a bursary from NHS South-Central SHA for one-day course on ‘Understanding Politics Masterclass.’ Moved her company into a position to win these contracts before parliament had passed the bill into an Act.
See article on her here.
Quotes on bill: ‘I applaud the flexibility of the Bill.’
14. Lord Deighton: Shares in Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc – a biotechnology company.
15. Lord Dixon-Smith: Conservative – has shares in Vodafone group plc – Vodafone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner.
16. Baroness Eccles: Shares in GlaxoSmithKline – pharmaceutical giant.
- Lord Feldman: Conservative – Shares in Inverness Medical, now Alere, a global healthcare company who work with many PCTs including the ‘healthcheck programme.’
Donations: In 2005, gave £11,300 to Conservative Central party. Also in 2005, Lord Feldman of Frognal gave £11,643 to former Conservative MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Collins. Mr Collins is now managing director of Bell Pottinger, and was secretly recorded talking about the ‘dark arts’ the company used.
18. Lord Fink– Conservative – Director of multiple companies including: The Global PR network Ltd, which covers the health and medical sector, in which he has shares. Chairman and Director of Zenith hygiene Group plc, an approved NHS supplier. Shares run independently by Lombard Odier the company in charge of his share portfolio include: Abbott Laboratories ltd (pharmaceuticals), Allianz SE, which offers medical insurance, Prudential plc, which offers private health insurance, Siemens AG, which supplies medical equipment to the NHS, Vodafone group.
19. Lord Flight – Conservative – director of Investec Asset Management – Investec Asset Management is a specialist provider of investment products and services. Their clients include healthcare and some of the world’s largest private and public sector pension funds, insurers and corporates, and range from foundations and central banks to intermediated and direct investors. Voted with the government on all key divisions of the Health and Social Care bill.
20. Lord Forsyth of Drumlean: Conservative – Sits on the board of the Centre for policy studies. Included in his biography interests are ‘privatisation’ and ‘healthcare’. Recent senior adviser to Evercore, bank involved in huge healthcare deals.
21. Lord Freeman: Conservative – The ex-health minister is chairman of the Advisory Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which claims to have “been at the heart of shaping [healthcare] reforms and working with clients to respond to the opportunities they present”. Director of Parity Group plc – Parity group plc won a contract with NHS direct to develop and support a new Health Information Search Portal for £1.4 million. Lord Freeman became non-executive chairman in 2007.
22. Lord Garel-Jones: Conservative – MD of UBS bank, whose healthcare division earned the firm over $1billion since 2005.
23. Lord Glendonbrook – Conservative – Has shares in Ansell Ltd NPV (healthcare), Abbott Laboratories, supplies NHS with Lab equipment, reagents. Shares in Astrazeneca biopharaceuticals – The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline Ord 25p (healthcare), GlaxoSmithKline (healthcare), Johnson & Johnson, which supplies the NHS. Shares in Novartis who threatened to pull out of the UK because the NHS safety trial rules. Shares in Novo Nordisk (pharmaceuticals) supplies NHS, shares in Pfizer Inc (pharmaceuticals) supplies NHS. Shares in Serco group, which has multiple contracts with NHS including PFI hospitals. Shares in Siemens AG, which supplies medical equipment to the NHS. Shares in Smith & Nephew, hip-replacement and bandaging group. Unilver plc, whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company.
24. Viscount Goschen: Conservative – is paid by Korn/Ferry International – is an international executive search firm – they run healthcare services – Among the diverse range of healthcare organisations they have secured and developed top healthcare executives for are in hospital systems, multi-specialty physician practices, pharmacy benefit management companies, long-term care/assisted-living companies, home health companies, healthcare associations, and other service delivery companies. Vanni Treves who is a director elect of Homerton Hospital NHS Trust, is also chair of Korn/Ferry International and Intertek Group Plc.
In 1993 when Virginia Bottomley was health secretary, Korn Ferry made the news when it was revealed Oxford Regional Health Authority forked out £30,000 to Korn Ferry to find its new £80,000-a-year chief executive; Oxford District Health Authority spent pounds £60,000 to get its new chief executive and director of finance; and Oxford Family Health Services Authority paid £30,000 for a replacement chief executive.
The worst thing about this particular case is that, for one of the posts, the company did little more than place an advert in newspapers and draw up a short list.’
- Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: Conservative – Director of Goldman Sachs bank, provider of services to healthcare firms. Chief executive of Circle Ali Parsa was an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs. See article on him here.
- Lord Hamilton of Epsom – Conservative: Has a directorship with MSB Ltd (managing consultancy), who have NHS, Bupa, Nuffield Health and Care UK listed as their clients. Former Care UK chairman John Nash funded Andrew Lansley’s office. A complaint was made to Lord Hamilton for not disclosing his interests, before making the quote below. The complaint was upheld. The story is here.
Quotes: ‘My Lords, surely one of the problems of the National Health Service is the wall of money that was thrown at a totally unreformed NHS by the last Government? Do we not need management consultants now to show us the way forward on the savings that need to be wrung out of the NHS so that it can survive into the future?’ Hansard source (Citation: HL Deb, 13 February 2012, c556)
Earl Howe responded – Yes, we do, my Lords. Part of the benefit of the modernisation programme will be to streamline the architecture of the NHS.
27. Baron Higgins of Worthing: Conservative – Holds in excess of £50,000 of shares in Lansdowne UK Equity Fund, backers of private hospital group Circle Holdings. Voted loyally.
28. Lord Hill – Conservative – Shares in Huntsworth plc – company funded the Conservative party – the founder and chairman is Lord Chadlington. Huntsworth gave £15,500 to the Conservative party in August last year and has given money every year since 2008. Following the exposure, Huntsworth were forced to admit they had given money stating the money was given by buying tickets for ‘Conservative events’, a classic way for lobbying to take place. Furthermore, Lord Chadlington, and his wife have personally given more than £20,000 to the local party since 2007, including a sum of £10,000 for his leadership campaign.
29. Baroness Hodgson of Abinger – Chair of the Independent Health Advisory Services (IHAS) complaints and adjudication services. The IHAS is a trade body for the private health sector. Entered the Lords after the Health and Social Care bill.
30. Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts – Conservative – Chairman, Nova Capital Management – who own Accentus Medical and formerly owned life science company Sterilin Limited and healthcare call center services company notifymd.
32. Lord Howard of Lympne: Conservative – Senior adviser to Canaccord Genuity formerly Hawkpoint Partners, a corporate finance firm. Provide staff to NHS and Private Healthcare providers. Lord Howard replaced Douglas Hurd in early 2011, thus keeping the connection of influence in parliament. Andrew Lansley met Hawkpoint partners for dinner on 30th June 2011. What was said?
33. Earl Howe: was a patron of pro-market health think tank 2020health up until the election. The rules allow patronage without the need to register. 2020health have produced multiple publications sponsored by the likes of Pfizer, Tunstall and other healthcare companies. There are currently four patrons of 2020health – who all have healthcare links. For more on the Earl please click here.
34. Lord Hunt of Wirral: Conservative – Partner in Beachcroft, a law firm that offers incisive analysis on the full range of government, parliamentary and regulatory matters in the health sector.
35. Baroness James: Conservative – has shares in AstraZeneca (pharmaceuticals). The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. GlaxoSmithKline plc (healthcare) supplies the NHS. Shares in Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. Serco Group (business services), which has multiple contracts with NHS including PFI hospitals. Smith and Nephew (healthcare) supplies hip replacement and bandaging to the NHS. Shares in Vodafone Group (communications) – Vodafone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner.
36. Lord Lang of Monkton: Conservative – Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies that “help hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and industry associations understand the implications of changing policy environments”.
In February 2011 Marsh was appointed by the Department of Health to conduct an ‘industry review’ of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA). The objective of the review was to ‘identify opportunities to introduce greater commercial management and practice to services.
37. Lord Lawson: Conservative – Recent Chairman of Oxford Investment Partners Lawson once said ‘the NHS was the closest thing the English had to a religion’.
38. Lord Leigh of Hurley: A designated member of Cavendish Capital Advisers LLP. Advisers on Mergers and Acquisitions. They are involved in healthcare and have advised on multiple healthcare deals. Director of Cavendish Corporate Finance.
39. Lord Lloyd-Webber – Conservative – Shares in Catlin Group Limited, began writing Healthcare Professional Liability insurance in London in 1994. They offer extensive knowledge of medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Shares in Smiths Group plc, which produces medical equipment. Shares in AstraZeneca (pharmaceuticals). The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. Shares in Gilead Sciences, a research-based pharmaceutical company, which supplies the NHS. hares in GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals), and Johnson & Johnson (pharmaceuticals), which both supply to the NHS. Standad life, which supply Private Medical Insurance plans to both corporate and individual customers and have an extensive range of healthcare products. Raffles medical group – operates a network of 74 multi-disciplinary clinics across Singapore. Shares in Stryker Corporation orthopedic market and is one of the world’s largest medical device companies. Has voted in 1.49% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip). Voted in the Health and Social care bill on commissioning.
40. Lord Macfarlane: Conservative – Has shares in Prudential plc, which offers private health insurance. Shares in Aviva plc, which offers private health care. Shares in Smith & Nephew (Pharmaceuticals) hip-replacement and bandaging group.Has voted in 6.25% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip). Voted on the Health and Social Care bill.
41. Lord Magan of Castletown: Conservative – Member of the advisory board on Axa Private equity, which invests heavily in healthcare. Recent Director of the SISK Group of healthcare companies.
42. Lord Marland: Shares in Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc – their website states ‘the placing and serving of healthcare insurance…is a specialist field in which we excel.’ Their insurance covers hospitals, Physician cover, Clinics, Long-term care, allied health professionals and more. Shares in Standard Life, which sells health insurance.
- Lord McColl: Conservative – was a paid a fee as a consultant to a new private healthcare company that provides a fee-paying rival to the National Health Service’s family doctor service.
Endeavour Health, which was set up by two hedge fund advisers, claims to be Britain’s first comprehensive GP network, offering access to the best doctors and the opportunity to beat NHS queues and have appointments at any time they want. Endeavour Health was founded last year by two financial advisers, Briton Yadin Shemmer and American Jonathan Weiss, to compete with the NHS. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8209292.stmhas since claimed no ties with the company.
44. Lord Moore of Lower Marsh: Conservative – Shares in Johnson & Johnson, which supplies the NHS. Merck & Co inc (pharmaceuticals, Novartis AG (pharmaceuticals), which supplies the NHS. Shares in BT group, which is one of the largest suppliers of communications to the NHS. BT was involved in the failed NHS computer system overhaul. Shares in Vodafone group: Vodafone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner. Has voted in only 14.53% of votes below average, but managed to vote on all the Health and Social Care ones.
45. Lord Naseby: Conservative – Was until October 2011 Chairman of and a share-holder in Invesco Perpetual Recovery Trust. Trust voluntarily wound down on October 27th 2011 – One fifth of their investments were in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Quotes on bill: ‘I want to make it clear that I support the Bill. More importantly, I support the need for the Bill.’
‘Finally, competition is good for any industry…Competition gives people pride and responsibility.’
46. Lord Nash: Conservative – In November 2009, John Nash made a donation of £21,000 to then shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, now Secretary of State for Health. Nash and his wife Caroline are regular Tory donors who have given £300,000 to the party since 2006. In August 2010 Nash was one of four City figures invited by UK chancellor George Osborne to join the HM Treasury Independent Challenge Group, whose remit is to “question the unquestionable” in the Treasury’s austerity drive.
Until 2010, Chairman of Care UK, one of the leading private healthcare providers in the UK – he sits on the free market board of the Centre for Policy Studies who have produced several papers on dismantling the NHS and turning it into a health insurance system. His wife Caroline has made significant donations, giving £172,500 to the Conservative Party between 2008 and 2010. At least Lord Nash didn’t vote on the bill as he was made a Peer in January 21st 2013. However, despite these interests, he would still be allowed to for any future bill that is on healthcare.
Lord Nash was also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms. Fellow founder Ryan Robson is another major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45. His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s “Leader’s Group”, a secretive cash-for-access club. Sovereign Capital also back several healthcare companies. He also has shares in Aviva who do private health insurance. See article on Lord Nash.
47. Baroness Noakes: Conservative – Shares in BT Group (communications), which is one of the largest suppliers of communications to the NHS. BT was involved in the failed NHS computer system overhaul. Shares in Astrazeneca (Pharmaceuticals) – The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals) supplies the NHS. Vodafone Group plc, Vodafone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner.
Quotes on the bill: I hope that other noble Lords will not encourage the Government to keep any limits which constrain the NHS from maximising its assets for the purposes of the NHS.’
48. Lord Patten: Conservative – Senior Advisor for Charterhouse Development Capital Ltd – who purchased Tunstall for £510 Million in 2008. Tunstall are a Telecare provider. Tunstall provides services that allow the elderly to be able to be monitored remotely. Chief executive of Tunstall supported Andrew Lansley’s bill. Following the takeover in 2008, Tunstall were awarded a three-year contract for services to NHS North Yorkshire and North. Tunstall have also been given a framework agreement to provide telecare, telehealth and telecoaching to NHS services, which forms part of Andrew Lansley’s vision for developing telecare across the UK. The framework agreement began on 16th of August 2010. Shares in GlaxoSmith Kline plc and Vodafone who are also involved in telecare.
49. Lord Patten of Barnes: Adviser to private equity firm Bridgepoint. The company who also have Alan Milburn the former Secretary of State for Health under Tony Blair, as chair of the board, have been involved in 17 healthcare deals over recent years and you can see their latest portfolio in health here. Eight of these companies remain as their current investments, which include four in the UK at a combined investment worth over £1.1 billion. For more, click here. Purchased Oasis Healthcare for £185 million in March 2013. See article on him here.
- Lord Popat: Conservative – Founder and sole owner of TLC group Ltd who run private care homes. Lord Popat gave David Cameron a donation as a gift for £25,000 a week after the Conservatives’ unveiled their health ‘reforms’. David Cameron made businessman a peer shortly after getting into ten Downing street. Voted on the Health and Social Care bill loyally.
Donations: According to the electoral commission, Lord Popat has given £43,700 to Conservative Central party in the years 2010/11.
51. Lord Ribeiro: Conservative – Former adviser on hospital reorganisation to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). PWC is heavily involved in consultancy services to the NHS and gets paid for setting up contracts amongst many other services.
52. Viscount Ridley: Conservative – shares Quantum DX (medical devices)
- Lord Saatchi: A partner and shares in M&C Saatchi plc – a marketing company. Involved in multiple campaign projects for the government including the Change4Life project aimed at promoting healthier living to tackle obesity. M&C Saatchi also worked for PPP healthcare, AXA insurance. Saatchi have multiple pharmaceutical clients, including; Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck. There website says: ‘We transform raw data about life-changing brands into real meaning for healthcare professionals.’ Has voted in 15.33% of votes in the house – well below average. Voted on key parts of the Health and Social Care bill.
54. Lord Sassoon: Shares in healthcare and medical research company, Abbott Laboratories, shares in GlaxoSmithKline, personal and healthcare product company, Kimberley-Clark Corp, Johnson and Johnson
55. Earl of Selborne: Shares in Prudential, which offers private health insurance.
56. Lord Sheikh: Chairman and director of Macmillan Sheikh plc – insurance and financial services, which offers private health insurance – voted loyally on Health and Social care bill.
57. Lord Sheppard: Has shares in Diageo, a drinks company who have been awarded money to teach midwives in England and Wales on the dangers of alcohol. No, you can’t make it up. Lansley used to hold a directorship at Profero who had Diageo as one of their clients. Ex-boss of Diageo became chief executive of Bupa in 2013. Fletcher said ‘Bupa could provide British services similar to those in Spain but said political sensitivity may frustrate ministers’.
- Lord Swinfen: Unpaid director of Swinfen Charitable Trust who have American Telemedicine Association as their partners for global crisis work using telehealth technology. Lord Swinfen is also an unpaid director of The American Telemedicine Association, which has multiplemembers who supply the NHS and private health care. The members according to the website: ‘Play a special role in shaping the future of the telemedicine industry. The American Telemedicine Association has written a new legislative proposal to the American congress to expand the use of telemedicine. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill. Telecare is expanding throughout the NHS as a way of treating people from home. These companies that are part of the American Telemedicine Association are set to benefit.
59. Lord Tugendhat: Conservative: Adviser to Trilantic Capital Partners, a private equity firm “active” in healthcare.
Quotes on the bill: ‘The Government’s mistake was to introduce a Bill that sought to impose a massive programme of management and structural change on top of an ambitious cost-cutting programme.’
- Lord Wade of Chorlton: Director, unpaid of RisingStars Growth Fund Ltd an early stage venture capital company – The fund prefers to invest in amongst other sectors, healthcare. Rising Stars Growth Fund invests in multiple healthcare companies that supply the NHS.
61. Lord Wakeham: Conservative – Recent advisor to L.E.K. Consulting, which specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify “growth and new business development” and “opportunities with the government”.
62. Lord Waldegrave: Conservative – Recently an adviser to UBS Investment Bank UBS bank, whose healthcare di5ision earned the firm over $1billion since 2005. Fellow Tory peer Lord Garel-Jones is MD of UBS bank. Has voted in 7.88% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip) – Voted in key votes on the Health and Social care bill. Director of Biotech Growth Trust plc – which is managed by Orbimed. OrbiMed is the world’s largest healthcare-dedicated investment firm, with approximately $5 billion in assets under management.
63. Lord Wasserman: Conservative – Shares in Diageo plc an alcohol drinks company who have been awarded money to teach midwives in England and Wales on the dangers of alcohol. No, you can’t make it up. Lansley used to hold a directorship at Profero who had Diageo as one of their clients. Shares in Johnson & Johnson Inc, which supplies the NHS. Shares in Procter & Gamble Co, which supplies the NHS. Walgreen Company – American pharmaceutical company. For more on Walgreens. The bill will give pharmaceuticals even more diverse healthcare providers to build relationships with. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.
64. Baroness Wheatcroft: Conservative: Business Consultant, DLA Piper (legal services) a global law firm providing lobbying services to “clients in the health and social care sectors”. DLA Piper, which advised ministers on the failed £12 billion IT project for the NHS. Member of the Advisory Board, Pelham Bell Pottinger (financial and corporate communications) – Bell Pottinger whose lobbying clients include Southern Cross, BT Health and AstraZeneca. For more on Pottinger see Lord Pottinger. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.
65. Lord Young: Lord Young is a shareholder and principal investor in TSSI security. It supplies equipment to the MOD, the NHS, the General Medical Council, universities, pharmaceutical firms, banks and corporations. Its blue chip customer list includes the NHS with a NHS smartcard system. TSSI were responsible for the first ever electronic database of doctors. The NHS Occupational Health Smart Card Scheme (OHSC) was sponsored by the Dept of Health and newly created NHS Employers in 2001.The scheme was expanded in 2005 to include graduating medical students and in 2006 trusts were able to update records without doctors having to present their smart cards. NHS Employers Guidance for doctors on Smart Cards: TSSI clients include Ramsay Healthcare. Chairman of Camcom Medical – which has moved into healthcare through medical manufacturing.
1. Lord Alliance: Shares in Huntsworth plc – a company whose CEO is Conservative Lord Chadlington – which donated £15,500 to the party in August last year and has given money every year since 2008. Denied it at first but Electoral Commission found them out. The same company that had Baroness Cumberledge as one of their non-executive directors. Heavily involved in lobbying and PR. Article on Lord Alliance here.
Donations: Lord Alliance according to the electoral commission has given £697,440.48 to the Liberal Democrats through their central party and local party. Also gave £2,000 to UK Liberty league a Free market collective.
- Baroness Barker: Director, Barker and Woodard Consulting Limited (strategic advice to charities, local authorities and companies engaged in charitable activities. Income received from the Member’s work in this connection is paid to the company. Baroness Barker has 50 per cent holding in Barker and Woodard Consulting Limited. On the website it says Baroness Barker and Kirsty Woodward established the company in 2008, (though her interest was registered on 26/04/12).
On a blog post on the NHS from their website it says – “As we all know, it’s incredibly difficult out there for most third sector organisations, especially for smaller locally based/funded ones, and however much many organisations in principle disagree with the changes to the NHS, most organisations are also seeing it as an opportunity to tap into health service funds. With Local Authorities being cut to the bone and increased competition for Trust funding, the NHS is one of the few places where people think it’s possible to get money. However, let us be very clear, the NHS needs to save money; 20 billion by 2015 which is roughly £90 million a day. Any service a CCG buys from the voluntary sector will have to demonstrate how it will help save the NHS money.”
“The Dept of Health has stated it wants the NHS to be the biggest social enterprise zone in the world. The competition for funding will be intense and will only increase. If we don’t want to miss out, we need to make our case now, and as strongly as possible.”
B&W Consulting have developed a training programme tailored to small local third sector organisations about selling to the NHS called “The Right Prescription”
See article on how the Charity Sector lobbied Jeremy Hunt on not watering down the privatisation amendments of the health bill.
- Lord Clement-Jones: Partner in DLA Piper, a global law firm providing lobbying services to “clients in the health and social care sectors”. DLA Piper counts Southern Cross amongst its clients. Lord Clement-Jones nominated Lord Hameed for his peerage, a nomination supported by Lord Dholakia. Lord Hameed sits on the board of Alpha hospitals, part of the Alpha Healthcare (C&C Alpha/C&C business solutions) group. The Alpha group has made significant donations to the Liberal Democrat party. In 2008, Lord Clement-Jones was the party treasurer. The Times exposed Lord Clement-Jones as being the man who nominated Lord Hameed, after the peer had originally said he had ‘no idea.’ Ownership of Alpha is usually assigned to Bhanu Dhruv Choudhrie who were accused of brokering an israeli arms deal. Article on him here.
4. Lord Lee: Shares in United Drug plc (Pharmaceuticals) – Provide home-based pharmacy care for patients covered by the NHS as a joint venture from 2009 with Medco Health Solutions.
- Lord Lester: Has shares in Investor AB an investment company that invests in healthcare companies amongst other sectors. One company is Gambro, a global medical technology company, which sells its products to the NHS.
6. Lord Razzall: Is a director of Gobal Medical equipment supplier Telescan AS.
7. Lord Rennard: Director, British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) – Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill – The BHTA’s purpose, as a trade association, is to ensure that the market for healthcare and assistive technologies is competitive, profitable and well-regulated. They work in partnership with industry, government, and other stakeholders. Set up a communications company with his wife called Rennard & McTegart Ltd. through this company provides public affairs advice to the British Healthcare Trade Association. Rennard & McTegart Ltd provide management, campaign, communications and fund raising consultancy. Patron of 2020health think tank – see what they think of the NHS reforms here.
8. Lord Sharman: Former chairman of Aviva following retirement, and retains Shareholdings in Aviva plc – his being chairman is not registered in the register of interests – Aviva sells health insurance and will likely benefit from any increase in privatisation – they promote how you don’t have to have waiting times if you take out insurance with them. Dr Doug Wright, principal clinical consultant at Aviva Health UK, said “I think we could start to see waiting lists increase again, especially for some of the elective procedures that are within the traditional medical insurance territory,” Dr Wright said. Earlier this month, a spokesman for the Association of British Insurers noted that health insurance could be a “very useful product” for many people in the UK of which to take advantage.
9. Lord Steel: Non-executive Director, General Mediterranean Holding SA is a Business group with activities in amongst other sectors Trading & Pharmaceuticals. The Industrial, Trading & Pharmaceuticals part is split into two companies of interest. Meditech UK Ltd has software currently installed at ten medical facilities in the UK including the NHS. MEDITECH is the leading supplier of healthcare information systems in North America. The other company is Crescent Pharma Ltd, which directly and indirectly supplies a wide range of major distributors and customers within the UK, including the NHS.
10. Lord Taverne: Former Chairman of private health insurer Axa Sun Life’s monitoring board. Shares in Unilever whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline, who provide products to the NHS. Has shares in a company called Informa which provides authoritative research and analysis and up-to-the-minute business news, comment and events for all sectors of the healthcare, medical and life sciences communities. They present their findings to clients who then invest based on their reports. Has shares in Legal and General, which provides healthcare insurance.
11. Lord Vallance: Member, International Advisory Board, Allianz SE (insurance) – company offers medical insurance. Also Member, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG – which supplies medical equipment to the NHS. Voted loyally – and against Lord Rea’s proposal of declining to give the bill a second reading.
12. Lord Watson: Chairman, Havas Media UK – MPG Media Contacts is an integrated agency, 100% owned by Havas Media. In April 2011 – MPG Media Contacts won the integrated media planning and buying account for Circle Health, the healthcare partnership that runs and builds hospitals. The account is worth just under £1m, according to MPG Media Contacts, and the scope of the work covers offline and online channels in the UK. Circle, which became the first private UK firm to run an NHS hospital last year when it won the tender to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital, plans to build a network of 30 hospitals across the UK in the coming years.
Paul Frampton, managing director, MPG Media Contacts, said: “We’re proud to be working with Circle, which does an excellent job in the Healthcare sector.
“Our primary aim will be to deliver them an integrated media strategy that will bring them real value this year.”
1. Baroness Billingham: Made regular contributions to Cumberlege Eden & Partners a training company for training NHS personnel and is a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
2. Lord Carter: The head of the increasingly influential Competition and Cooperation Panel, is a7n adviser to Warburg Pincus International Ltd, a private equity firm with significant investments in the healthcare industry. Chairman Patrick Carter, or Lord Carter of Coles to give him his full title, was the founder of Westminster Health Care, a leading private nursing home company. He is also the Chair of McKesson Information Solutions Ltd, which delivers IT to “virtually every NHS organisation”, the chair of Primary Group Ltd, a Bermudan based private equity company, and a substantial shareholder in, among other companies, B-Plan Information Systems Ltd, which has also benefited from the increased need for large scale IT systems that the introduction of an internal market to the NHS has brought with it (see the interview with Frank Wood, of King’s foundation trust, where B-Plan has worked, in the last news update). Carter’s register of interests in the House of Lords also lists him as an adviser to Warburg Pincus International Ltd, a private equity firm, which has significant investments in the healthcare industry. It even rescued United Healthcare from financial ruin in 1987 and helped it to become one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. He can now help it to become one of the biggest beneficiaries of the government’s reforms. – http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=3934
4. Lord Darzi: Labour – Former surgeon drafted into government as a health minister by Gordon Brown when he was PM. Now an adviser to medical technology firm GE Healthcare.
Quotes on bill: he would find it ‘difficult at this stage’ to vote for blocking the Bill…’I am speaking as a surgeon, not a politician.’
5. Lord Davies of Abersoch: A non-executive Director of Diageo. Lansley used to hold a directorship at Profero who had Diageo as one of their clients. Diageo plc are an alcohol drinks company, who have been awarded money to teach midwives in England and Wales on the dangers of alcohol. Vice Chairman and partner in Corsair Capital llc, who have amongst others Axis Capital holdings in their portfolio, providers of healthcare insurance products. Shares in Chime Communications – company run by Lord Bell, that has multiple health-related companies in it group.
6. Lord Eatwell: Economic Adviser at Warburg Pincus & Co International Ltd, a private equity firm with significant investments in the healthcare industry. Economic advisor to Palamon Capital Partners LLP, who also heavily invest in private healthcare.
- Lord Filkin: Labour – Recent adviser to outsourcing giant Serco, heavily involved in NHS services, took over out of hours services.
10. Baroness Ford: Chairman of private healthcare company, Barchester Healthcare Ltd. Part of the NHS Partners Network, who were instrumental in lobbying on behalf of private healthcare prior to the bill, during the Health bill. Chairman of Grove Ltd, a holding company for for Barchester Health.
11. Lord Gavron: Has shares in Serco, Smith & Nephew plc, Diageo, Unilever, Astrazeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Rhoen-Klinikum AG (private healthcare), Roche Holdings AG, Fresenius Medical Care AG, Sanofi-Aventis, Vodafone Group plc, Prudential Life.
12. Lord Goldsmith: Co-Managing Partner in International law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, whose clients include: Bayer; Bristol Myers Squibb; Forest Laboratories; Galderma; GlaxoSmithKline; Hisamitsu; Johnson & Johnson; Merck; Nestlé; Novartis; L’Oréal; Pfizer; Schering-Plough; and Tenet Healthcare, among others.’
13. Lord Grocott: Trainer at Cumberlege Eden & Partners: (See Baroness Cumberlege).
14. Lord Harris of Haringey: Former Senior adviser to business services giant KPMG, who are heavily involved in implementing changes in the NHS and its commissioning groups Wyeth Pharmaceuticals 2001. Previously remunerated by Cumberlege Connections Ltd for occasional participation in training events. See Baroness Cumberlege. One client Airwave through his own company Toby harris Associates provides services to Ambulance and health.
15. Lord Hollick: Has shares in multiple companies involved in healthcare, which include: Alliance Boots, Diageo, Ambea, HCA, Capsugel.
16. Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Consultant and Trainer at Cumberlege Connections Ltd: See Baroness Cumberlege.
17. Lord Hutton of Furness: Ex-health minister is an adviser to law firm Eversheds. Clients include care homes and private hospitals. Special adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers – heavily involved in healthcare reforms and development of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
18. Baroness Jay: Occasional participation in seminars for Cumberlege Connections. Company that is a training company NHS personnel and a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
19. Baroness Kingsmill: Former Non exec director of Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruitment firm. Among the diverse range of healthcare organisations they have secured and developed top healthcare executives for are in hospital systems, multi-specialty physician practices, pharmacy benefit management companies, long-term care/assisted-living companies, home health companies, healthcare associations, and other service delivery companies. Two other peers work for them. Also a deputy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which claimsto have “been at the heart of shaping [healthcare] reforms and working with clients to respond to the opportunities they present”.
20. Lord Leitch: Chairman. Non Exec director of Bupa –
Quote: ‘When we debate healthcare in the UK, all too often the focus is on the NHS alone. Yet the independent sector is more important than ever, providing services directly to patients, residents, insurers, and to the NHS itself. Going forward, all of us must think in terms of partnership, not rivalry.’ Health bill in 2008.
22. Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale: Member of the advisory board to accountants and auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers. See Baroness Kingsmill. Non-executive Director, DCM (Optical Holdings) Ltd (dispensing opticians).
23. Baroness McDonagh: Former Non Executive Director of Standard Life plc, which offers private health insurance.
24. Baroness Mallalieu: Has shares in pharmaceutical giant Reckitt Benckiser.
- Lord Malloch-Brown: Former recent chairman of FTI Global Affairs an advisory firm, which helps companies in the healthcare sector amongst others. On his appointment in 2010 he said: “Lord Malloch-Brown said, “The global economy has reached a tipping point, with Western companies under great pressure to shift their footprint towards emerging markets.”
27. Lord Moonie: Advisor for Edinburgh-based healthcare and biosecurity company Americum. Former senior advisor to pharmaceutical company Pharmathene Ltd. Lord Moonie, previously accused in cash for influence scandal.
28. Baroness Morgan of Huyton: Ex-director of failed care home firm Southern Cross. Member of the advisory Committee board for Virgin Group Holdings Ltd. Virgin own over 100 NHS services. See article on them here.
30. Lord Noon: Director of Nutrahealth plc is a holding company which is 100% owned subsidiary of Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd, an Indian based healthcare company since November 2010. The businesses operated in the UK are Biocare, Brunel Health and Totally Nourish. Shares in Casualty Plus Ltd – private walk-in clinic.
31. Lord Puttnam: Recent former director of Huntsworth communications group, a global public relations and integrated healthcare communications group. Did not stand for the board this year (2012). Deputy chair of Profero (See Andrew Lansley). Senior Non-executive director of Promethean World plc a technological hardware company, which according to its annual reports a new division was created, which amongst other sectors included healthcare.
32. Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Has shares in multiple companies involved in private healthcare including: Becton Dickinson, Hospira Inc, Vodafone plc (See Baroness James), JP Morgan (See Lord Renwick), Quest Diagnostics Inc, Johnson & Johnson. Currently on a leave of absence.
34. Lord Simpson: (Currently on a leave of absence) Shares in multiple healthcare companies including Reckitt Benckiser, Standard Chartered Bank plc, GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone plc.
35. Lord Sugar: Amscreen Plc is part of Lord Sugar’s Amshold Group of companies, which he owns. The company provides T.V screens into places where there is a captive audience and places targeted marketing alongside the other content the organisation may use. These screens are placed in GP surgeries, hospitals and dentists throughout the UK and in Europe.
Amscreen and BMI Healthcare have a contract together to sponsor live weather feeds to advise patients on their ‘healthcare choice’. This sponsorship deal will reach 3 million patients across the Amscreen network. Nigel Moon, Head of Marketing at BMI Healthcare has said “This advertising and sponsorship package provides us with a great opportunity to feature BMI Healthcare, our local hospitals and services to a highly targeted audience at a key time in the patient journey.” BMI Healthcare joins other leading brands such as Unilever, GSK and Pfizer who are able to reach captive audiences in GP surgeries across the healthcare network.
Now Lord Sugar’s son who runs Amscreen has teamed up with a face recognition company called Quividi. This technology will be able to ‘determine the gender, age, date, time and volume of the viewers.’ This according to Lord Sugar’s son said “brands deserve to know not just an estimation of how many eyeballs are viewing their adverts, but who they are, too.” Maybe the public deserves to know who is monitoring them, and what is happening to this data. Maybe the public deserves to be able to go to the GP surgery and not be a target for advertisers.
Viglen Ltd – shares – company provides I.T. services to the NHS. supplying over 45 central and local government councils, including a number of NHS and local education authorities, just under 70,000 computers over the next two years. See article on Lord Sugar here.
Donated £333,650.84 to Labour party
- Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: International consultant for legal firm DLA Piper a global law firm providing lobbying services to “clients in the health and social care sectors”. DLA Piper counts Southern Crossamongst its clients and advised on the failed £12 billion NHS I.T. project.
37. Lord Warner: Labour – Former adviser to Apax Partners, one of the leading global investors in the healthcare sector. Current director of Sage Advice Ltd. Works as an adviser to Xansa, a technology firm, and Byotrol, an antimicrobial company, which both sell services or products to the NHS” and was “paid by DLA Piper, which advised ministers on the £12 billion IT project for the NHS” projects that he was responsible for when he was a government minister. Lord Warner explains his role here. Used to be an advisor to PA Consulting in 2009. PA Consulting have worked with the new Clinical Commissioning Groups. Other NHS involvement includes, training, helping commissioners in North-East London, performance management. Adviser to Synlab – a German pathology company.
37. Lord Adebowale: A recent non-executive director who had shares in St Vincent’s healthcare consulting company that offers consultancy to the healthcare market. Their partners include: BT Health, IOCOM and AXSys.
38. Lord Birt: Advisor to Private equity company, Terra Firma Capital Partners who purchased Four Seasons Health Care in July 2012, the largest private UK health company, who operate 447 Care Homes and 58 specialist care centres. Lord Birt was also a partner with McKinsey from 2000-2005, who were instrumental in the development of the Health and Social Care Act.
39. Lord Boyce: Non-executive director of global engineering and design company WS Atkins – who were involved in multiple PFI projects and NHS building projects including, Tayside Murray Royal Hospital, Ayrshire & Arran Community Health Trust, Cummock Community hospital, and Doncaster & South Humber healthcare. They gained £14.4 million from selling their PFI stake. Strategic adviser with ATOS Origin. ATOS have been the contractor involved in the DWP’s attacks on disability benefits, and have been awarded the contract to run the NHS care.data scheme, currently in chaos.
Chairman of D Group advisory board. D Group is a business development and networking group, which according to its website is ‘dedicated to generating revenues and promoting the objectives of its members.’ They have over 70 members consisting of UK and International leading business, though they are not listed. However in their testimonial page one company is mentioned BT group plc, which is one of the largest suppliers of communications to the NHS. BT was involved in the failed NHS computer system overhaul. The testimonial of BT group PLC says ‘The D Group provides effective and discreet access to influential thinkers and policy makers on important topics.’ The site is currently being rebuilt, so some of these details may change on the new site.
40. Lord Chorley: Shares in Pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, private health insurance providers Prudential and Legal and General and banking group Standard Chartered, which invests in healthcare companies and offers health insurance. Shares in Reckitt Benckiser, in Unilever, and IBM, the latter supply software to the NHS.
41. Lord Currie of Marylebone: Former recent Chairman of Semperian, an investment vehicle, which owns a portfolio of mature Public Private Partnership investments, including hospitals.
42. Lord Elystan: Has bonds held in HSBC-controlled companies – According to a Times report in 2008, HSBC made almost £100 million from managingNHS hospitals where where contractors charge taxpayers inflated bills for simple tasks, such as £210 to fit an electrical socket. HSBC has a controlling stake of several hospitals, including outright ownership of three NHS hospitals, located in Barnet, Central Middlesex, and West Middlesex. HSBC used a legal loophole to handle the profits from PFI schemes to a tax haven in Guernsey. HSBC offer health insurance. Lord Elystan also hold shares in Santander which offers health insurance and funds heavily in healthcare projects and companies.
43. Earl of Errol: Chair on the Advisory board of software intelligence company Flexeye Ltd. The company develops security applications and platforms, which supplies the NHS. The Company’s healthcare website says: ‘Flexeye’s Health Information Tool (HIP) is a communication tool designed especially for the healthcare system.’ Paid by Nihilent Technologies PVT Ltd in unspecified capacity, an IT, consulting and outsourcing company. Worked on multiple healthcare projects in multiple countries.
44. Baroness Grey-Thompson: Recent ‘Advisory’ work for official Olympic sponsors and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The role is contractual to give internal talks to staff and PR regarding their activation programme. The programme involved a partnership with NHS London to inspire people with a variety of long-term conditions to understand the benefits of an active lifestyle. Has given two speaking engagements paid for by Proctor and Gamble, paid on an ad hoc basis and not contractual.
45. Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: Member of the advisory board of Cannacord Genuity a global capital markets division of Cannacord financial Inc. Their website states: ‘Cannacord Genuity focuses on public and private healthcare companies, at all stages of development.’
46. Lord Hameed: Chair of private secure mental health hospital group Alpha Hospitals, which is investing in a new acute private hospital in central London. Alpha hospitals. part of the Alpha Healthcare (C&C Alpha/C&C business solutions) group. The Alpha group has made significant donations to the Liberal Democrat party. In 2008, Lord Clement-Jones was the party treasurer. Lord Clement-Jones nominated Lord Hameed to become a peer.
47. Lord Hannay: Advisor to Frontier Strategy Group, who provide economic consulting based on emerging markets. They list multiple pharmaceutical and healthcare companies as their clients. Has shares in Lionheart Investment Fund who offer individual or group healthcare coverage.
48. Lord Hastings: Global head of Citizenship and Diversity for global tax, Audit, and advisory firm KPMG. The firm is heavily involved in the new NHS structural changes, including GP commissioning groups. KPMG’s head of Global Health and advisor to Cameron famously said the NHS would be shown ‘no mercy‘.
50. Baroness Hogg of Kettlethorpe: Former recent chair of Frontier Economics, a consultancy that advises private sector clients on the impact of healthcare reforms and how “to shape regulatory environments”. She still has share options in the company.
51. Lord Jones of Birmingham: Chairman of software solutions company Neutrinos Concepts Ltd, which has run a couple of trials in NHS trust hospitals. He also has shares in the company. Former recent senior advisor for HSBC plc and Chairman on the International Business Advisory board for the same bank. (See Crossbench Lord Elystan for more on HSBC). A senior advisor executive recruitment agency Harvey Nash Group plc. The Harvey Nash ‘Healthcare Practice’ part of the site states: We support leading healthcare organisations in securing the right Executive…’ Is an unpaid associate of Bupa.
52. Lord Kerr of Kinlochard: Member of the Investment advisory board of investment fund for Edinburgh Partners. A report by the group reveals healthcare as their main sector of interest representing 22.7% of their allocation.
54. Baroness Manningham-Buller: Has given speaking engagements for KPMG, Artemis, Merck, GE healthcare and Standard Chartered Bank all involved in private healthcare, DLA Piper.
56. Lord Millett (Currently on leave of absence) – Has shares in Diageo – (See Lord Wasserman). Shares in GlaxoSmithKline.
57. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein – Crossbench – shares in Astrazeneca (Pharma), Vodafione plc. Vodafone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner. Shares in Standard life (private health insurance).
58. Duke of Norfolk – (Currently on leave of absence) Shares in Cardionetics who sell ECG monitors. The heart monitor hardware is supplied to the NHS. Shares in Helperby Therapeutics plc, which is developing a new antibiotic processes.
59. Lord O’Donnell: Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive of Toronto Dominion Bank, which has a healthcare area which includes health insurance cover. In addition the bank has a healthcare division covering liability. The Peer began in the Lords from 10th January 2012.
He joined Frontier Economic (Europe) as a Senior Advisor at the end of last year to advise on ‘all aspects of Frontier’s work.’’
Frontier’s involvement in healthcare includes regular advice to public and private sector institutions on ‘healthcare reform’. Frontier’s Health practice advises public sector and private clients on issues relating to the reform, restructuring and operation of healthcare markets.
60. Lord Owen – Shares in Abbot Laboratories global healthcare company – supplies NHS with Lab equipment, reagents.
61. Lord Palmer – Shares in pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline
62. Lord Powell of Bayswater: Chairman of the advisory board of Bowmark Capital who invest in healthcare amongst other sectors. Member of the International Advisory board for health insurance providers ACE insurance.
64. Lord Renwick of Clifton: Vice Chairman of global Investment giants JP Morgan. his chairmanships is of both JP Morgan Cazenove and JP Morgan Europe investment banking. JP Morgan are major players in healthcare. According to their website they serve: 1,100 hospitals, 10 of the top 10 health insurers, thousands of physicians groups, top five pharmacy benefit managers, six of the top eight pharmacy retailers. Also has shares in JP Morgan.
65. Lord Richards of Hertsmonceux: Director of Huntsworth Plc, a PR consulting company run by Lord Chadlington, and which has funded the Conservative party since 2008. Huntsworth plc are a group of companies, one of which is called Huntsworth Health, who are part of a lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association, who comprise of Communication groups involved in health and pharmaceutical companies.
66. Lord Skidelsky: Shares in fund managers Janus Capital Group, who invest in the healthcare sector amongst other areas. Wrote in the Spectator in 2000, on an article titled: ‘Let’s go private.’ In there he promotes the idea of encouraging users to get a tax-incentive to go private.
67. Lord Stevenson Crossbench – Former chair of HBOS from 2001-2009, during which it collapsed and seen as having “Responsibility [for the near-collapse of the bank] lies particularly with Lord Stevenson” the Banking Commission.
Lord Stevenson has a 4% shareholding in Lexington Communications – who are involved in healthcare.
Saxton Bampfylde headhunter firm, which has recruited people into key positions throughout the NHS and state on their website “It’s our job to seek out the people who lead, shape and direct organisations.”
Has shares in Aircraft Medical invent, make and sell specialised medical equipment. In 2008 they won “one of the largest Research & Development funding packages from the UK Departments of Health through the Health Technology Devices (HTD) programme.”
- Lord Sutherland: Non-executive chairman of Scottish Care – now represents the largest group of Health and Social Care independent providers across Scotland, delivering residential care, day care, care at home, and housing support.
69. Lord Turnball: Non-Executive Director of Prudential plc, who offer private health insurance. Non-executive Director of Frontier Economics, a consultancy that advises private sector clients on the impact of healthcare reforms and how “to shape regulatory environments”. Has shares in Prudential plc.
1. Bishop of Gloucester: Has shares in Standard Chartered Bank plc, which offers private healthcare insurance.
1. David Cameron – Nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat has given the Conservatives £209,000. The Ugandan-born dad-of-three 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 in May 2010, and Lord Popat’s donations include a £25,000 gift registered a week after the Tories’ health reforms were unveiled last July.
In 2005 Cameron received £1,500 from Care home property company Chiltern Care Holdings – electoral commission
2. Andrew Lansley – Conservative – John Nash, the former chairman (until 2010) of Care UK, gave £21,000 to fund Andrew Lansley’s personal office in November 2009. In a recent interview, a senior director of the firm said that 96 per cent of Care UK’s business, which amounted to more than £400 million last year, came from the NHS. – Hedge fund boss John Nash is one of the major Conservative donors with close ties to the healthcare industry.
He and wife Caroline gave £203,500 to the party over the past five years. The “hedgie” is also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms. Fellow founder Ryan Robson is another major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45.
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. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2011/01/19/nhs-reform-leaves-tory-backers-with-links-to-private-healthcare-firms-set-for-bonanza-115875-22859373/
In 2008 Andrew Lansley received a donation from Julian Schild used to support his office in his capacity as Shadow secretary for health. Julian Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.
Andrew Lansley’s wife, Sally Low, is founder and managing director of Low Associates (“We make the link between the public and private sectors”). A Daily Telegraph report in February records that the Low Associates website lists pharmaceuticals companies SmithKline Beecham, Unilever and P&G among its clients. It also records Ms Low’s assertion that the company “does not work with any client who has interests in the health sector”. The website currently contains no reference to the drug firms listed above. http://www.channel4.com/news/andrew-lansleys-nhs-plans-still-in-good-health
Circle the ambitious private healthcare firm run and owned by clinicians, has recruited a former aide to health secretary Andrew Lansley as head of communications. Christina Lineen spent two years working for Lansley, who became health secretary after the general election. The company’s income is derived from private patients, either on insurance schemes or paying for themselves, but it also treats NHS patients. – http://www.publicaffairsnews.com/no_cache/home/uk-news/news-detail/newsarticle/private-healthcare-firm-circle-recruits-ex-lansley-aide-to-head-comms/2/?tx_ttnews
Lansley was a paid director of the marketing agency Profero, who had Diageo Guiness as one of their clients. He gave up the director ship in 2009. In 2008, a senior NHS executive appearing in a commons committee, accused Daigeo of flouting voluntary agreements on responsible drinking labelling. In 2010 Lansley invited fast food companies and Diageo in for discussions on how to tackle obseity, and binge drinking. In 2011 Diageo were given responsibility to pay for training to offer advice on the dangers of alcohol. No, you couldn’t make it up.
Quote: “The NHS is not for sale, there will be no privatisation.”
3. Harriet Baldwin:Conservative MP for West Worcestershire. Former managing director of JP Morgan Asset Management. JP Morgan are major players in healthcare. According to their website they serve: 1,100 hospitals, 10 of the top 10 health insurers, thousands of physicians groups, top five pharmacy benefit managers, six of the top eight pharmacy retailers. Has shares in JP Morgan Employee 98 Trust. JP Morgan heavily invest in healthcare.
4. Gregory Barker: Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle. In 2008 held shares in HR company Penna plc. In February, HFMA and Penna plc partnered to deliver HR services to the NHS – Was an operating advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, a private equity firm with health companies in their portfolio. Had shares in Quester VCT 5 plc a venture Capital with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
5. Jake Berry: Has registered interests in Top legal 500 firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (UK) LLP, as a consultant advising on client services, business development and on other specific matters. They work with multiple NHS trusts and local authorities regarding PFI and PPP programs.
6. Graham Brady: MP for Altrincham and Sale Former advisor on marketing and business strategy to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company. PA Consulting have worked with the new Clinical Commissioning Groups. Other NHS involvement includes, training, helping commissioners in North-East London, performance management. The company is not without criticism having lost a memory stick containing details of thousands of convicted people.
7. Simon Burns Conservative – Chelmsford MP – attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.
8. Nick de Bois, Conservative MP for Enfield North – Until December 2011, De Bois was the majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries, and whose clients include leading names such as AstraZeneca. The company was established by the Tory MP in 1998. Last year it had a turnover of £13m. Last April, Rapier Design purchased Hampton Medical Conferences to “strengthen the company’s position in the medical sector”. It is involved in running conferences and other events for private-sector clients, and for NHS hospitals.
A number of the company’s clients are “partners” of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), a lobby group supporting the health secretary’s plans. Rapier Design Group’s biggest clients stand to profit when the NHS is opened up to wider private-sector involvement. The GP commissioning consortium for south-west Kent, covering 49 GP practices and known as Salveo, has already signed a contract with the pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca aimed at improving diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/29/lansley-ally-shareholding-lobby-firm
Quote on bill: ‘To meet the challenge we needed to introduce decentralization and competition, the two catalysts for efficiency. In both of these areas, the legislation is necessary, even in its compromised form.’
9. Steve Brine – Mp for Winchester – According to the electoral register, received £14,999 in three separate payments £5,000 19/01/2011, £4,999 17/04/2012, £5,000 22/03/2013 from Mr James R Lupton who was appointed Conservative party Co-Treasurer in February this year, has also given £350,000 to Conservative central party in last three years. He is Chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe, who have considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Healthcare sector.
10. Aidan Burley: MP for Cannock Chase: Received six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a short speech he gave to a group of consultants on 11th March 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK is a leading government consulting company with an 18-year track record in the UK. They have extensive knowledge of the public sector, and many of their consultants have experience in the NHS. In 2010, they announced the completion of a delivery portal for Commissioning support for London (CSL). The creation of the new secure online portal provides National Health Service (NHS) commissioners with access to a set of tools to help them monitor how their providers are performing. This is another example of private company benefitting from the privatisation reforms of the NHS.
11. Damian Collins: MP for Folkstone and Hythe – Between 1999 and 2008 Mr Collins worked for marketing agency M&C Saatchi. M&C Saatchi clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck. See Lord Saatchi section. In 2008 he joined Lexington Communications as a senior Counsel before leaving to become a MP. Lexington Communications have a healthcare section, which says ‘With the NHS never far from the headlines, our dedicated team of healthcare communications consultants can advise you on how to successfully interact with a diverse range of stakeholders – in Westminster, Whitehall, the reformed NHS, across the patient group community and in the private sector – to help achieve your goals… Help you build relationships with influencers at a national level.’
They have multiple fee-paying public consultancy clients in healthcare.
- David Davis: MP for Haltemprice and Howden: Received a payment of £4,250 for a 6hr speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva. (Registered 12 February 2012)
13. Jonathan Djanogly– Conservative MP – His office received payment of £1,900 on 01/11/2001 and declared it on 30/01/2002 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, 310-312 Dallow Road, Luton. The company manufactures medical, orthopaedic equipment and instruments for measuring and is part of Huntleigh International Holdings Limited of the same address. They are a member of the Getinge Group, a Swedish based group of companies who are split between Healthcare and Life sciences. The acquisition of Huntleigh by Getinge took place in 2007. In 2008, he had shares in private healthcare company Medicsight, and private health insurance Aviva PLC. In 2008 had shares in WPP Group, a marketing giant in healthcare.
14. Richard Drax MP for Dorset South was selected for the Dorset South office in 2006. In 2009, his Dorset South office received £10,000 from ‘Derek E Luckhurst’, who is the CEO and owner of the care home group Agincare based in Dorset. Richard Drax’s constituency office received further donations from Richard E Luckhurst of £2,000 in March 2012 and £2,000 in March 2013. In November 2012, Richard Drax officially opened the Gainsborough Care Home run by Agincare. Donation source – electoral commission
15. Iain Duncan-Smith: MP for Chingford and Woodford Green. Has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, though no dividend received, which sells products to the NHS.
16. Philip Dunne: MP for Ludlow. In 2008 was a non-executive director for investment Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, and has shareholdings in the company, which according to its second-half 2011 report, has multiple investments in private healthcare companies including Vectura Group plc, Alere Inc, who work with many PCTs including the ‘healthcheck programme,’ and Tristel plc, a leading provider of infection control products into the NHS. Healthcare & Education make up 9% of investments.
17. Michael Fallon– Conservative MP for Sevenoaks – Former Director of Attendo AB – 2008 to 2013 – a Swedish private health company offering care and social care.
- Mark Field: MP for Cities of London and Westminster. Board Advisor to Ellwood and Atfield; a specialist recruitment firm in the public affairs and communications sector. They recruit for NHS positions as well as private healthcare. The MP’s role includes, amongst other things includes; ‘introducing the company to opportunities.’ Company recruits for some public affairs positions in the NHS. In addition they are currently seeking an interim government affairs Officer, healthcare. The job involves working with ‘Government, regulators and other stakeholders to help promote and influence the healthcare industry within the UK.’
The press release announcing Mark Field’s appointment as advisor said: ‘His experience, coupled with his political position, perfectly complements Ellwood & Atfield and reinforces the company’s position as the leading recruitment firm within communications and public affairs.’
On their public affairs page of their website they state: ‘With a careful, appropriate engagement strategy your organisation can thrive by shaping the political environment. Our network of contacts and relationships across this community in London, Brussels and Washington DC is unrivaled and we recruit more professionals in this area than any other firm in Europe.’
19. Liam Fox – Conservative MP – became shadow health secretary in 1999 – employs Adam Werrity as a paid intern in 2004 – by this time Adam Werrity becomes a director of health consultancy firm ‘UK Health Ltd’ (now dissolved), while Liam Fox was shadow health secretary of which he and Liam Fox were shareholders. Werrity owned 11.5% of UK Health Group and Fox owned 2.3%. In 2005 a researcher based in Mr Fox’s office worked ‘exclusively’ for the now closed Atlantic Bridge ‘charity’, which Liam Fox was the founding member; Mr Werrity became director, and which had links to radical right-wing neocons in the U.S. The researcher received funding from Pfizer Inc. He claimed ‘she has no function in any health role.’The researcher was Gabby Bertin, who is now David Cameron’s press secretary. Received £5,000 to run his private office in October 2012 from investment company IPGL limited, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.
20. George Freeman – His own business (Recently dormant): Has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd – which is http://www.4d-biomedical.com/, a specialist adviser on Healthcare, markets, Technology development, Business strategy & Venture financing, working with NHS trusts. Speaking in Parliament on 11 November 2010 during the Policy For Growth debate he said, “The third is the national health service. I know from my own experience that we are sitting on billions of pounds-worth of patient data. Let us think about how we can unlock the value of those data around the world.” See Hansard at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101111/debtext/101111-0003.htm
22. Richard Fuller: Bedford: Worked for L.E.K consulting from 1984 and intermittently until 2007. L.E.K consultancy specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify “growth and new business development” and “opportunities with the government”. Chairman of Enterprise Care Group Ltd. Listed as social work without accommodation. Appears in staff nurse for jobs for nurses.
23. Richard Graham: Gloucester – His constituency office received £3,000 from Circle investor, Mr Robin Crispin Odey on 03/12/2007. Richard Graham was elected MP for Gloucester at the last general election and like Odey has previously worked for Barings bank, which went bust in 1995. In total Odey has donated £222,000 to the Conservative party.
24. William Hague: In 2008, William Hague was a non-executive director of IT company AMT-SYBEX, a position now held my Lord Coe. AMT-SYBEX are an IT supplier to the NHS. Former London Mayoral candidate Steven Norris is their chairman who sits on the Transport for London board.
25. Philip Hammond: Is a beneficiary of a trust who owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd. In 2008 he had shares in the company, of which he was a director from 1993-1995. The Castlemead website states: ‘By building partnerships with GPs and PCTs we are able to offer a range of design and procurement solutions in particular via the 3PD (Third Party Developer) route…Castlemead has an excellent reputation for working with the NHS and as a long term investor in the sector, endeavours to build a positive working partnership with all stakeholders in a project.’
26. Mark Harper: Forest of dean: Electoral commission records show his constituency office received £5,000 on 09/02/2010 from Circle investor Mr Robin Crispin Odey just 3 months before the general election.
27. Nick Herbert – MP for Arundel & South Downs – Received donations from Caroline Nash – Ms Nash is the wife of John Nash who also funded Lansley’s office when he was shadow health minister. He was Chairman of Care UK at the time. The donations were £15,000 in 2008 and in 2009. Electoral Commission. Jeremy Hunt: MP for South-West Surrey. Received a donation to his office of £3,000 in June 2012, just under 3 months from when he was mafe health secretary, from U.S-based hedge fund CEO Andrew Law. Mr Law is the CEO of Caxton Associates who as of November 2001, owned a market value of $217.659 million in healthcare. Andrew Law has given £231,530 to the Conservative party, all but £3,000 of this in 2012. Electoral Commission
28. Margot James: – Stourbridge: Co-founded public relations company, Shire Health Group. The company was sold to business partner Ogilvy & Mather for £4 million in 2004, with the Conservative MP Margot James appointed Head of European Healthcare for marketing parent WPP Group. She stood down from WPP in 2008. WPP are a marketing giant with a massive list of healthcare clients. One of their companies, ‘Grey Healthcare Group, boasts having 14 of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies as their clients.
Quote:’GPs, nurses and patients need now to combine forces and ensure that the resistance to change they will encounter does not limit the improvements in care that are made possible by the Bill.’ This quote is taken from an article written by Margot James for Huffington Post titled: Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS. She failed to mention her former role as head of European Healthcare for marketing for WPP.
‘I keep saying ‘we’, but I’m not really part of the industry anymore, but I still feel it.’ – when speaking at a conference hosted by Healthcare Communications Association.’ – See article on Margot James here.
29. Sajid Javid: Conservative MP for Bromsgrove – Received £11,000 from Moundsley Healthcare Ltd registered on May 29th 2013. Electoral Commission Moundsley Healthcare Ltd run Moundsley Care Village Ltd, which is a nursing and residential care home.
- Jo Johnson: Orpington. According to the electoral Commission – the brother of Boris Johnson received £6,000 on 19th July 2010, to his constituency office from Robin Crispin Odey an investor in circle who run Hitchingbrooke hospital.
31. Kwarsi Kwateng: Worked for Odey Asset Management hedge fund as an analyst who invest in Circle health who run the Hitchingbrooke hospital. The hedge fund is run by Robin Crispin William Odey who has donated to the Conservative party since 2007. Mr Kwateng received £10,000 from Odey Asset Management on 12th September 2011 for consultancy work for political advice to asset managers, which included ‘domestic affairs’. Register of interests
- Mark Lancaster: MP Milton Keynes North –Former Non-Executive director Management consultant giving advice on strategy and business to property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd. Palmer capital have funded Danescroft Commercial Developments Limited. Danescroft’s main areas of operations are the Midlands and South of England, focusing on office and mixed use development and more specialist sectors such as local/district centres and healthcare. (Resigned 4 September 2012) but received a donation of £4,000 from Palmer Capita, which was registered in 13th March, 2013.
33. Dr Phillip Lee MP for Bracknell – Recently paid in a capacity as a freelance Doctor for Medical Solutions Ltd, who provide medical cover for events, including blood & Organ transport, ambulances, life boat crew and mobile treatment centres.
34. Oliver Letwin: Conservative MP for West Dorset – in 2008, was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd up until 2009. Rothschild Group are one of the world’s largest investment companies and which invest heavily in healthcare. In 1986 he followed Redwood to the merchant bank N.M. Rothschild & Sons, succeeding him as head of the firm’s International Privatisation Unit.  He was a director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons from 1991 to 2003 and a non-executive director from 2005 to 2009.
35. Peter Lilley: Hitchin and Harpenden MP, Non-Executive Director of management software and systems company Idox plc. Idox provides local authorities with software & managed services, including the NHS Health Libraries Group, NHS Education for Scotland. TfPL part of the Idox Group, is a recruitment, training and consulting company, whose clients include NHS and private healthcare.
36. Tim Loughton: MP for East Worthing and Shoreham – Received £350 from Cumberlege Connections for training sessions. Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry. Received two lots of £300 in May, July 2013 for training session for Cumberlege Eden and partners. Electoral Commission
37. Mary Macleod: MP for Brentford and Isleworth was previously a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture specialising in Banking and financial services as a senior executive. Accenture has gained from PFI contracts.
38. Francis Maude: MP for Horsham – was a director of Huntsworth plc in May 2005, a PR consulting company run by Lord Chadlington, and which has funded the Conservative party since 2008. Huntsworth plc are a group of companies, one of which is called Huntsworth Health, who are part of a lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association, who comprise of Communication groups involved in health and pharmaceutical companies.
Francis Maude was the person fronted by Cameron in response to Peter Cruddas’s announcement that ‘premier league’ sums of £250,000 will get you access to David Cameron and affect policy change. Mr Maude stated the pronouncements were: “embarrassing and wrong, and not true…That’s not the way we do business and raise money, and we’re very clear about that.” Yet, they do receive money from Huntsworth, a company he was a director of, that is run by a Lord and which he is the constituency chairman of David Cameron. None of this was highlighted by the mainstream press as he defended Peter Cruddas. Maude was also a non-executive director of Incepta Group plc from March 1st 2004. During this time, in April 2005, there was an announcement of a proposed merger between Incepta and Huntsworth. The Office for Fair Trading decided it would not be referred to the Competition Commission under section 33(1) of the Act. The merger went ahead and Mr Maude became a director of Huntsworth.
Maude was Non-executive chairman of advertising group ‘The mission Marketing Group’. One of their agencies, Bray Leino Vivactis was also established as Healthcare sector specialists and a new expert team was created via a firm co-operation with the mainland European Healthcare Group, Vivactis.
Another company Maude was a non-executive director of, is a web management software provider called, Mediasurface, whose product Morello CMS is used by Astrazeneca and the NHS. The company was acquired by content management solutions, Alterian, in 2008.
39. Patrick Mercer: Recently an advisor 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. Forced to resign whip after being caught in a sting
40. Maria Miller: Former director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, a advertising and brand company who work extensively with clients in the healthcare sector. Former director of the Rowland Group, which became Publicis Consultants, who are also a marketing company working extensively with private healthcare.
41. Andrew Mitchell: MP In 2008 was a Senior Strategy Adviser to Global management and technology company, Accenture, who have worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS. Pulled out of failed NHS I.T. programme, and gained form PFI contracts. In 2008 was a director of Financial Advisory and Asset Management company Lazard & Co, who work in the Healthcare and life sciences sector. Andrew Mitchell who was, the International Development Secretary, invested funds in a network of privately owned firms which is now at the centre of a tax avoidance case.
42. Penny Mordaunt: Became an Associate for Hannover Communications in 2009, who provide services across the spectrum of corporate communications, media relations and public affairs for businesses and public sector bodies. The company work in healthcare and states: ‘So whether you are seeking to shape the policy and operating environment, defend or reposition your organisation, or drive sales and uptake for your products and services – hanover can help you discover new ways to achieve success.’ The press release said: ‘Penny Mordaunt, joined hanover as an Associate to work on a range of healthcare clients delivering public affairs and corporate communications programmes. Key clients include sanofi-aventis, Schering Plough and HEART UK, where Penny will be providing senior strategic counsel.’
43. Brooks Newmark: Braintree MP: Prior to entering politics, Mr Newmark was a senior partner that provided research and advice on investment opportunities in the UK and Europe to Apollo Management LP, both independently and through Telesis Management Ltd. The former are a private equity company, which invests in the healthcare industries.
Has shareholdings in The Allele Fund, which invests primarily in healthcare startups. He is a Limited partner.
44. Jesse Norman: Hereford and South Herefordshire. Received payment given to charity for speaking at a Quiller event. Quiller Consultancy. Quiller lobbyist George Bridges, friend to George Osborne and Cameron’s former election campaign manager, as well as Theresa May’s ex-chief of staff, and an ex-strategist for the Chief Medical Officer. Quiller lobbies for among others, Capita, the enormous outsourcing firm which has its eye on running NHS Direct, and a private equity firm heavily invested in health. Quiller is owned by Huntsworth Group who are owned by Lord Chadlington. According to the Electoral Commission, Mr Norman received £5,000 on 30th June 2009 from Circle healthcare investor Crispin Odey to his local Hereford constituency.
45. Stephen O’Brien: Eddisbury MP: 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. Mr O’Brien was moved to International Development after the election.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2011/01/19/nhs-reform-leaves-tory-backers-with-links-to-private-healthcare-firms-set-for-bonanza-115875-22859373/ – In addition to this, Mr Julian Schild, of London, has provided financial support for research purposes, particularly in relation to an inquiry which Mr O’Brien was conducting on behalf of the Conservative Party into the NHS IT programme. (Registered 19 May 2008) – The MP for Eddisbury claimed the report of his links to the money donated by Schild was nothing more than a smear campaign as the details had been in the register of interests for ages. This attitude that registering your interests is enough and that the interests in themselves are not a problem is common.
46. George Osbourne: Received donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters to run his office from Julian Schild. Julian Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology. A key figure in the Tory’s strategy team has also come from the lobbying world. George Bridges, who now works closely with George Osborne, used to be employed by Quiller, which keeps its list of clients secret. Quiller is owned by Huntsworth, a public relations firm headed by Lord Chadlington, president of David Cameron’s Oxfordshire constituency of Witney.
In 2008 received support for developing policy from The Boston Consulting Group who work extensively in healthcare – their website states: ‘ BCG’s deep experience in the health care industry extends to having a sector dedicated specifically to payers and providers. Our collaborative network of professionals allows us to share relevant expertise that can benefit organizations involved in the financing, management, and delivery of health care services.’
In April 2011, the Boston Consultancy Group produced a press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Graham Rich as Director of Health Services stating: ‘We are delighted that Graham is joining us as we continue to expand our team and range of advisory services to the NHS.’ The press release also highlighted the appointment of former labour party secretary of state for Work and Pensions, James Purnell. Furhter support in policy development came from accountancy firm, Smith and Williamson, who do accounts in all sectors including Medical and healthcare. Additional policy development came from accountants Grant Thornton, whose website states: ‘Within the public sector, we advise at all levels of the UK healthcare system from central government to regulators and providers, as well as clients in the social care sector.’
In addition PricewaterhouseCoopers, which claims to have “been at the heart of shaping [healthcare] reforms and working with clients to respond to the opportunities they present”, are also listed as offering assistance in developing policy. PwC lead an alliance to aid the setup and support for the new GP commissioning groups.
47. Richard Ottaway: MP for Croydon South. 9-11 July 2007, visit to 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. His reasoning for the late registration: “I have no idea why this was not done in 2007 after the visit.’ ‘It very much falls into the ‘cock up’ category of human error.’ ‘It was a low key, short visit 4 years ago when I was an opposition backbencher. Meetings were held with members of the Republican Administration and some policy forums. I have very little precise recall of the visit.’ Atlantic Bridge is a former charity founded by Liam Fox, who made a speech to Atlantic Bridge in 2003 asked: “How Much Health Care Can We Afford?” Members of the Galen Institute, a thinktank which promotes “freemarket ideas in health”, attended its conferences while the failed bank Lehman Brothers, sponsored at least one event, as did the powerful neocon thinktank the Heritage Foundation. (Guardian).
48. Priti Patel: MP for Witham In 2000, worked for drinks company Diageo (See Andrew Lansley), before joining Weber Shandwick, becoming a director of public affairs. Weber Shandwick was created and built by Lord Chadlington and has a specialist healthcare focus with companies including Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, and Roche, and also the NHS.
Quote: Just as history shows that Nye Bevan introduced the legislation to establish the NHS, it will show that this Secretary of State, through the Bill, has saved it for the patients who rely on it.
49. John Redwood: Wokingham: Chairman of Investment Committee of Evercore Pan-Asset Capital Management Ltd. Evercore are involved in huge healthcare deals, and has shares in the company. In 2008, he g`ave speech at a working lunch to Gerson Lehrman Group, who provide access to a global network of more than 55,000 experts from across the entire healthcare industry including physicians, researchers, scientists, and healthcare industry executives.
Member of the advisory board of EPIC Private Equity. ‘EPIC Private Equity invests £2-10 million in distressed, growth or buyout opportunities. It will consider most industry sectors, including consumer, retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, support services and media industries.’ EPIC Private Equity part owns Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated Internet and mail order pharmacy.
50. Jacob Rees-Mogg: MP for North-East Somerset: Partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, who have Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client, which invests in Healthcare. MP for North-East Somerset, has shares in Lloyd George Management Ltd; investment management, who invest in Healthcare. According to the electoral Commission, he received £2,000 to his constituency office on the 14th April, 2010 from Mr Robin Crispin Odey, a hedge funder who has invested in Circle healthcare.
51. Malcolm Rifkind: Member of Advisory Board, L.E.K. Consulting LL, which specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify “growth and new business development” and “opportunities with the government”. Non-executive director of Unilever, Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company.
Non-Executive Director of Adam Smith International; which has described the NHS as a “centralized tax-funded monopoly”. Instead it argues that the UK should “shift the balance of healthcare spending away from tax and more to the individual.” At the same time, it says “we need to transform today’s state monopoly providers into independent, competitive ones” – ie private for-profit healthcare providers. In addition they have produced a couple of reports on the promotion of dismantling the NHS called: The NHS need for radical reform, From cradle to grave: The death of the NHS?, and Good sense on the NHS.
Non-Executive director of medical imaging company, Alliance Medical Group from January 2014. Receives £5,000 a month for 10 board meetings a year. Company was owned by Bridgepoint who employ former Health secretary, Alan Milburn and Lord Patten of Barnes. They sold it for £600,000 in 2007. It is now owned by Commerzbank AG – based in Germany. They provide services to the NHS and private patients.
52. Amber Rudd was selected for Hastings and Rye in 2006 and she moved to the old town in 2007. In 2008, her office received £3,000 from Andrew Law. Mr Law is the CEO of Caxton Associates who as of November 2001 owned a market value of $217.659 million in healthcare. Andrew Law has given £231,530 to the Conservative party, all but £3,000 of this in 2012.
53. David Ruffley: MP for Bury St Edmunds was a strategic advisor to Partnership Group Holdings Limited. Through it’s website, it offers residential care fee insurance, stating: ‘While the state can help with some costs, eligibility for help is limited and many people find themselves over the threshold for support so it is important to be aware of financial options available to you.’
The company are a subsidiary of PAG Holdings Limited, which is majority owned by Cinven Funds. According to its 2010 annual report, they initiated a direct sales channel for care annuities, as well as ‘provide competitive loans to people with impaired lives.’ On its website it states: ‘Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’ Cinven is a leading buyout firm, who bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa. Other UK investments include. Spire Healthcare, who run private healthcare hospitals, and whose clinical director Jean-Jacques de Gorter said the use of private sector would spiral as a result of Andrew Lansley’s reform proposals. General healthcare group, which runs healthcare services, and whose group includes: BMI healthcare. The other company is Générale de Santé who is France’s leading healthcare provider.
Mr Ruffley also received a £10,000 donation from Caroline Nash in 2009 – Ms Nash is the wife of John Nash who also funded Lansley’s office when he was shadow health minister. He was Chairman of Care UK at the time. Now Care UK have won contracts in his constituency.
54. Mark Simmonds: Mark Simmonds, who was a minister when the controversial reforms were drawn up, was paid £50,000 a year to work just 10 hours a month as “strategic adviser” to Circle Health, the first firm to win control of an NHS hospital: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2011/10/26/tory-mp-cashing-in-on-nhs-break-up-with-second-job-at-health-firm-115875-23515038/#ixzz1dJFD7uKw – Mark Simmonds took up his role at Circle just five months after he had finished his role as Shadow Health Secretary. He also accepted a US trip to Boston worth £4,982 from private health provider BUPA.
Mark was also a member of the All Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) acting as a co-chair to Baroness Cumberlege.
55. Chris Skidmore: Conservative MP for Kingswood who sits on the Health Select Committee received a payment of £3,500 for 4 hours work – giving speeches to STAC Consultancy http://www.stac-consultancy.com/ which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products, strategic branding and medical education.
Chris Skidmore’s family also owns a company called Skidmore Medical http://www.skidmoremedical.com/, which appears to be solely selling a physiologic Vascular testing equipment. The company made a donation to him of £7,500 in June 2010, which no longer appears on his register of members interests.
Donations: Received £5,000 to his office in run up to the election in 2010 from Caroline Nash, the wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash – electoral commission.
Quotes on the bill: ‘For me I feel the bill is a very positive thing.’
“One of the best bits about the Bill for me was the element of Any Qualified Provider”
56. Nicholas Soames: MP Mid Sussex: Senior Adviser, to MMC Group; Marsh & McLennan an insurance financial services company. In a review for the Department of Health of the NHS litigation Authority – written by Marsh Inc, it recommended involving opening up clinical negligence cover over to private insurers. Zurich Financial Insurers said they didn’t have the expertise but the Marsh review envisaged opening up a dialogue which might eventually give them the information they needed. The DoH accepted the large majority of Marsh’s recommendations.
According to the electoral Commission, his office received £2,000 on 11th May 2010, from Crispin Odey who is an investor of Circle Health. Marsh is a risk and strategy management company that amongst other services helps ‘hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and industry associations understand the implications of changing policy environments”. In the UK, Marsh delivers risk and insurance solutions to key areas of the healthcare industry, including major private hospital groups, some of the UK’s largest care providers, over 30 foundation trusts, medical technology providers and other healthcare service providers and funders.
Donations: Fidelity Investment Management have given £495,000 to Conservative Central Party between 2004 and 2008. Electoral Commission. Fidelity own nearly a million shares in ATOS. Fidelity also have shares in AXA.
58. Andrew Tyrie: In 2008 attended the Ryder cup in his capacity as ‘Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society.’ His travel and accommodation was paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. Humana started UK operation in 2006, in response to the framework for procuring external support for commissioners. Won two contracts with NHS Barnsley, and NHS East of England. Pulled out of UK.
- Robin Walker: MP for Worcester. Local office received a £2,000 donation from Redwood Care Homes Limited Registered on March 2014. Redwood Care Homes own multiple care homes. Two of their care homes are listed as not ‘caring for people safety & protecting them from harm.’ The owner is Huw James.
- David Willetts: Conservative MP for Havant and the Minister of State for Universities and Science. Former director in 2008, and has shares in Sensortec a company that owns Vantix which is working on a contract for a new product that can quickly detect MRSI. The contract is a Small Business Research Initiative – SBRI contract, which provides opportunities for innovative companies to engage with the public sector for specific problems. In 1993 when Baroness Bottomley as Secretary for Health wanted to privatise wards and hospitals. Willetts supported the move, saying: ‘private companies will want to change NHS labour practices, and not want to negotiate with Labour practices. Had financial support paid to his research account by HGCapital private equity manager, Ian Armitage in 2008 – HGCapital funds healthcare companies.
62. Tim Yeo: In 2008 attended the Ryder cup. His travel and accommodation was paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. (See Andrew Tyrie)
63. Nadhim Zahawi: MP for Stratford-on-Avon. Is a non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, who specialise in the Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology sector. The Company provides both permanent and contract specialist staffing services in the UK and Europe in a few sectors, including through Real Staffing, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology and Healthcare. This element of the group also finds roles for areas of the NHS.
On the 4thApril 2011 on a debate on the NHS ‘reforms’, When health secretary Andrew Lansley announced a pause in the Health and Social Care Bill, Zahawi reassured him that GPs were “absolutely passionate” about the reforms and described the plans as a “brilliant piece of legislation”. They have gone on to gain over two million pound providing services to the new CCGs.
The text in full is: ‘Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon) (Con): I congratulate my right hon. Friend on engaging and listening. We have all received the 50 or so e-mail circulars from constituents who are concerned, but that does not reflect the evidence on the ground. GPs in Shipston in my constituency are absolutely passionate about the reforms and want to engage fully with them, as do 220 other groups-87% of the country. May I make a suggestion to the Secretary of State? Perhaps we should bring all those people who are passionate about this reform and want to take party politics out of it together with Labour Members on a platform so that we can take this forward without petty politics derailing a brilliant piece of legislation.
1. Menzies Campbell: North East Fife: Non-executive director of Scottish American Investment Company plc since 2007. The investment company took over one of the care homes when Southern Cross collapsed. His spokeswoman said: “It is Sir Menzies’ understanding that negotiations for another care provider to take over the running of the care home in question are at an advanced stage. Sir Menzies has no further comment to make.” Approximately 4.5% of the investment company’s equity is in healthcare.
Former Eastleigh MP: In 2008 private equity company, Carrousel Capital of London donated to his leadership campaign. Carrousel Capital has made multiple acquisitions in healthcare companies including: Axium healthcare pharmacy, MedData, Sotaria Imaging Services, Brasseler USA. Left in because when the Health bill was passed he was in a position to vote.
2. Robert Smith: Liberal Democratic MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kilncardine – Has shares in pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Shares in Legal and General, which offers medical insurance.
GSK is the UK’s leading supplier of COPD medicines, supplies the NHS. Shares in Legal and general, which offer private health insurance.
3. Jo Swinson: Received a donation of £2,000 September 2013 from private optician company, Peter Ivins Eye Care.
1. Luciana Berger: MP for Liverpool, Wavertree – Office received £4,726.76 from Deloitte MCS Ltd in her capacity as Shadow Minister for Public Health. Accountancy and business management giant, Deloitte, are heavily involved in healthcare markets globally and with the NHS. One example of many that involve Deloitte’s involvement in the NHS, is the £350,000 contract from Oxfordshire CCG to tackle a £11.1 million deficit at the CCG.
Formerly worked for Management Consultancy company Accenture, a company who walked away from an NHS IT contract and were fined £65m for compensation. Accenture has multiple healthcare clients in the private industry, globally. Ms Berger then went on to work as government and parliamentary manager at the NHS Confederation.
- David Blunkett: MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough – Received fee of £4,250 from Civica 28th January, 2013. More than 70 NHS Commissioners use Civica Health & Social Care’s industry standard SLAM NHS Commissioning software to help manage service level agreements with providers, including Payment by Results, local tariffs, local agreements, block payments and other variants.Received a fee of his apparent going rate of £4,250 for a speech at Runwood Care homes in December 2012. Recently acquired eight care homes from Warwickshire County Council.
3. Rosie Cooper: MP for West Lancashire – Paid by Cumerlege Connections for £300 for work with a focus group of health professionals. Company run by Tory Lord Baroness Cumberlege who broke the rules with this company in 2009, by failing to declare it in her registered interests, ran the business from her Westminster office. The company offers courses in power, politics and persuasion to leading staff in the NHS. Five Labour Lords, and several MPs have been paid for providing for her courses. The company has worked with the development of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
4. Simon Danczuk – MP for Rochdale – Fees from Cumberlege Connections Ltd, (See Rosie Cooper). Received fee of £300 for speaking at Fringe meeting of NHS Alliance Conference. Hours: 1.5 hrs (Registered 8 August 2012) March 2012 , received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 8 August 2012) June 2012, received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 8 August 2012) 11 September 2012, received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 1.5 hrs. Non-Executive Director, providing business advice for Shine-Bid Services Ltd – Company provides support for bids which include the areas of healthcare procurement and PFI.
5. Alistair Darling: MP for Edinburgh South-West: 7 April 2011, He received a fee of £10,200 for addressing a dinner organised by Cinven, London. Hours: approx 6 hrs. On its website it states: ‘Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’
Cinven is a leading buyout firm, who bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa. Other UK investments include. Spire Healthcare, who run private healthcare hospitals, and whose clinical director Jean-Jacques de Gorter said the use of private sector would spiral as a result of Andrew Lansley’s reform proposals. General healthcare group, which runs healthcare services, and whose group includes: BMI healthcare. The other company is Générale de Santé who are France’s leading healthcare provider.
Patricia Hewitt (see below) was an advisor to Cinven.
6. Frank Dobson: MP for Holborn and St Pancras: Received payment from Cumberlege Connections: (See Rosie Cooper).
7. Frank Field– MP for Birkenhead: Is a non-executive director of Medicash Health Benefits Ltd a private health insurance company – he was appointed Chairman of the board on 20th of June 2011. Frank Field has worked with Medicash for 8 years having first been appointed as a non-executive director in 2003. The register of interests says his role is to ‘attend meetings offer advice.’ For this work he receives a monthly payment of £1,030, which according to the Medicash website will be given directly to local charities. What’s the problem with this? Private health insurance companies are set to profit from a privatised NHS.
- Barry Gardiner: MP for Brent North. Received a donation of approximately £3,000 for accommodation and hospitality for himself and is wife and family to attend a Sigma pharmaceutical conference. He was supposedly there to give a speech on waste. See also Jamie Reed insert.
Sigma have donated nearly £8,000 to the Labour party Electoral commission
- David Lammy: MP for Tottenham: Received several payments from Cumberlege Connenctions for participating in ‘Westminster Experience’ conference: (See Rosie Cooper). January 2011, received fee of £229.70 for participating in the King’s Fund ‘High Potential Executive’ Programme. King’s Fund is a charity that ‘shapes NHS policy and practice, provides NHS leadership development and information, and hosts health care events.’
- Jamie Reed: MP for Copeland. Shadow Health Minister since 2011. Received a donation for accommodation and hospitality for himself, his wife and family to attend a Sigma pharmaceutical conference. At the conference he said, “Against this backdrop in an era of austerity from which there is no real line on the horizon, pharmacy can potentially do more…All political parties should be examining the role and potential benefits of increased participation from pharmacists in the provision of a more effective, changing healthcare system.” He also suggested that pharmacies could fill the void that closure of libraries, post offices and other community buildings has left and become the hub of the community.
In his speech he confirms that there will be no more reorganisation from the top, which is not a total repeal of the Act, but a removal of the market elements as yet still not defined in policy.
Sigma has given just under £8,000 in donations to Labour. Electoral Commission
- Emma Reynolds: Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East. Office received £5,000 from St Philips Care Ltd. They changed their name recently from Guardian Care Homes, not long after a warning from the Care Quality Commission, who said they were not protecting the safety and welfare of the people using their service. The company is suing Barclays over the Libor scandal in a test case, on which they allege Barclays mis-sold them interest-rate swaps. They are owned by Bilbrook Limited, who are in turn owned by Bilbrook Trust.
- Owen Smith: MP for Pontypridd. A former UK lobbyist for the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, where he was head of government affairs from 2005-2007. Director of Corporate Affairs and Health Economics for the UK’s biggest biotechnology company Amgen Ltd from 2008–09.
13. Gisela Suart: MP for Birmingham, Egbaston – Speaking at seminars for Cumberlege Connections. (See Rosie Cooper). Her Cumberlege Connections work includes: Payment of £350 for taking part in workshop. Hours: 2 hrs. Payment of £900 for taking part in workshop in Winchester. Payment of £1,900 for NHS leadership programme. Hours: 2 days. (Registered 6 April 2012). Payment of £300 for parliamentary programme workshop. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 6 April 2012.
14. Shaun Woodward: Shares in J Sainsbury PLC. Sainsbury run pharmacies and provide food for the NHS
Dr Alasdair McDonnell: MP for Belfast South for Social Democrat and Labour party – has shares in Medevol, a small clinical trials company.