Press Release: MP connections to private healthcare in Yorkshire

Keep Our NHS public Leeds are concerned that 220 MPs and Lords have present or recent financial connections to private health care

A recent report by Social Investigations shows that 225 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections.

  • 145 Lords have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare.
  • 1 in 4 Conservative, 1 in 6 Labour and 1 in 10 Liberal Democrat Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare.
  • 75 MPs have recent or present financial links to companies or individuals involved in private healthcare, 81% of these are Conservative.
  • 4 Key members of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group have parliamentarians with financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
  • 4 MPs and 1 Lord have worked for Huntsworth Health, run by a Peer who gave money to Cameron’s leadership campaign
  • 19 Lords and MPs have financial links to Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline

The People’s March for the NHS passes through Yorkshire in just over a week.

Locally:

David Davies Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden and David Blunkett Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough both received a payment of £4,250 from Civica. Civica supplies software and IT solutions to over 250 NHS trusts in the UK. 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. David Blunkett also received a fee of his apparent going rate of £4,250 for a speech at Runwood Care homes.

Newly elected Green Councillor Terry Wilford said

“The NHS is concerned with healthcare provision and should not be subject to market forces either internal or external. The Green Party would halt the cancerous spread of a multi-tier market driven system of uneven provision that New Labour began with their introduction of foundation hospitals back in 2002 by fully reintegrating ‘Foundation Hospitals’ back into the NHS and repealing the ConDem coalitions 2012 Social care act that has accelerated the marketisation and privitisation of the NHS.”

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