VIDEO BLOG: Cameron wants the NHS “to be a fantastic business”
In a speech this morning on SMEs, David Cameron went a little off script and interjected the following astonishing statement:
“From the Health Secretary, I don’t just want to know about waiting times. I want to know how we drive the NHS to be a fantastic business“.
Here is the video of that statement.
A timely announcement, in the light this morning’s news of a private company being awarded, for the first time, the running of a hospital. And which company is the beneficiary of that £1bn deal? It is Circle Healthcare.
Circle Health is the part-time employer of Conservative MP Mark Simmonds. Mark Simmonds is the former Conservative Shadow Health Spokesman and a vocal supported of the government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill. Circle Health pay Mr Simmonds £50k a year (on top of his £65k MP salary) for 10 hours’ work a month, as “an advisor”.
Circle Health is a “subsidiary in a complex corporate structure that spans the British Virgin Isles and Jersey”. It’s backers include Paul Ruddock and Crispin Odey – two of the biggest Tory party donors.
So, there you have it. In case you were in any doubt that what is going on is a process of privatisation. And a corrupt one, at that.
Do you want your NHS to be a business?