CRONY WALL OF SHAME
Chief Executive of NHS England
From 2009 - 2013 Simon Stevens worked for United Health, the largest Health Insurance Company in the US. In that role he became a founder member of a US lobby group explicitly trying to use TTIP to force state-run health systems, including the NHS, to employ private health firms from the US.
Former Health Secretary
Andrew Lansley, chief architect of the infamous Health and Social Care Act 2012, one of the figureheads responsible for the biggest changes in the NHS since its formation in 1948, and widely regarded as the instigator of the present crisis in the NHS.
In 2009, while in opposition as health spokesman, Andrew Lansley accepted a donation of £21,000 from Caroline Nash, wife of John Nash, the chairman of private healthcare provider Care UK. Care UK are one of the UK’s largest health companies, which, according to Unite, has won more than £650m in NHS contracts in the past few years.
Former Prime Minister
In 2015 David Cameron handed £780 million from the public purse to 11 private healthcare companies to carry out procedures like heart operations. In 2010 Cameron handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £500,000 in donations.
Conservative MP for West Dorset
Tory policy chief and David Cameron advisor Oliver Lewin authored a pamphlet in 1988 entitled "Britain's biggest enterprise: Ideas for radical reform of the NHS" calling for for the principle of the NHS being free at the point of use to be scrapped, and even for patients to be charged for every service.
He was also a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.
In 2004 he reportedly told a private meeting that the "NHS will not exist" within five years of a Conservative election victory.
Labour MP for Darlington (1992 - 2010)
Chancellor of Lancaster University
Alan Milburn, the minister that brought you Foundation Trusts and negotiating PFI deals on hospitals, profits directly from the private healthcare industry. His consultancy to private healthcare AM Strategy accumulated over £2 million pounds by 2012. He is also as chair of PriceWaterhouseCooper’s health industry oversight board, commenting on his appointment, Milburn claimed that there were “strong opportunities for growth” in the private healthcare sector, which he would help PwC to exploit. He also sits on the strategic advisory board for WellDoc, has been a vice-chairman of the Lloyds Pharmacy advisory board, and chairs iWantGreatCare.
Prime Minister of the UK (1979 - 1990)
Leader of the Conservative Party (1975 - 1990)
As far back as Margaret Thatcher's first term in 1982, files proposed 'Longer-Term Options' from the Central Policy Review, these options included dismantling of the National Health Service, which would be replaced by a system of compulsory private insurance, with state funded healthcare only for the poorest or most frail.
It was the 1990 NHS and Community Care report which ushered in the NHS internal market. Health authorities ceased to run hospitals but instead “purchased” care from hospitals who had to compete with others to provide it and became independent, self-governing trusts. Every development since has been a refinement of this market structure.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997 - 2007)
Leader of the Labour Party (1994 - 2007)
The last Labour Government laid the groundwork for everything that the Tory-led coalition is now doing to the NHS. Under Tony Blair a commercial directorate was set up in the Department of Health. Market structures, foundation trusts, GP consortia and the introduction of private corporations into commissioning were all products of a Labour vision of “public service reforms".
'Reforms', the code word for privatisation.
Conservative MP for Christchurch
The Tory MP for Christchurch has tabled a private member’s bill calling for “co-payment” for NHS treatment. His National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment Bill (HC Bill 37) opens up for debate extending charges from prescriptions, dentistry and opticians to GP visits and even hospital procedures.
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010 - 2015)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2007 - 2015)
Received a donation to his constituency office for £5,000 from Alpha Medical Consultancy.
“I think breaking up the NHS is exactly what you do need to do to make it a more responsive service.” Nick Clegg (2005)