Even though the NHS bill was passed, it's important to remember what a horrific shambles it is, and to take note when evidence of this surfaces. I believe the NHS can still be saved, but only if we fight.
Chairman of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), Lord Carter of Coles is paid £799,000 as chairman of the UK branch of the American healthcare firm McKesson. The CCP will have an enlarged role under the bill as lots more private companies would be involved.
This is a list of all the MPs and Lords who have a vested interest in the NHS bill passing, whether because they work for private health companies, related companies, or because they have accepted donations.
Allyson Pollock, professor of public health at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, says the Health and Social Care Bill had “a hidden purpose” which amounted to privatising health services in Britain.
There seems to be a revolving door between McKinsey and the NHS, they pay for NHS executives to go to the opera, and they share their insider knowledge with their other clients who happen to be healthcare companies.
“The doctors fear the fact that ‘private companies that have advised the Government on how to dismantle the old system stand to derive commercial benefits from the new one’.”
If the bill passes, and GPs commission care, we could get a situation where they may choose not to commission things through the NHS that they can provide privately at a profit. The line between private practice and NHS practice will be blurred.