(2014) Tory party donors are handed NHS contracts worth £1.5BILLION under health reforms

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ABOVE: £692,592 donor: Paul Ruddock’s firm has profited from NHS contracts

Private health care firms with Tory links have been awarded NHS contracts worth nearly £1.5billion.

Circle Health landed £1.36billion worth of health service work after several ­of its investors gifted about £1.5million to the Conservatives.

And Care UK has contracts worth another £102.6million. Its chairman John Nash was made a peer after boosting Tory coffers by £247,250.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who ­uncovered the figures, fumed: “Nobody gave David Cameron ­permission to sell the NHS to his friends.

“It’s shocking the same Tory donors who ­bankrolled the development of their NHS reorganisation policy are now ­profiting from the sell-off of NHS services.”

Labour’s research shows Circle Health’s parent company, Circle Holdings PLC, is owned by a series of hedge funds.

Lansdowne Partners, with a 29.2% stake, was founded by Sir Paul Ruddock, who donated £692,592 to the Tories.

David Craigen, who gave the party £59,000, is also involved in Lansdowne.

Invesco Perpetual owns 28.7% of Circle Holdings. It was set up by Sir Martyn Arbib, who donated £466,330.

Read on:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-tory-party-donors-handed-3123469

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ARTICLE: The day Labour lost the moral high ground on the NHS

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One of the predilections of health ministers, hospital trust executives, trades unionists and Labour politicians in recent years has been to accuse the Daily Mail of scare-mongering about the NHS.

Whether highlighting the terrible toll of MRSA, criticising the excessive generosity of contracts for doctors that promise more money for less work, exposing the decline in nursing standards, or the destructiveness of the target culture, or the profligate use of money, or the wickedness of the Liverpool Care Pathway — the most recent matter on which the Mail’s view has proved entirely justified — this newspaper has been accused of seeking to undermine the NHS.

The truth, however, is now clear, and the Mail — which always pays credit to the countless selfless health workers in the NHS — has been vindicated.

Devastating

A report published yesterday by Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, delivered damning verdicts on the standards of care and mortality rates of 14 NHS trusts, 11 of which were so bad they are being put into special measures.

Sir Bruce’s inquiry looked back as far as 2005, when Labour was still in power, and five years after Tony Blair had promised radical improvements to — and increases in spending on — health care.

As such, the report is a devastating indictment of Labour’s perennial claims to being the party of the NHS, in whose hands it is uniquely ‘safe’.

What is worse, from Labour’s point of view, is that as well as allowing patients to needlessly die, under the Blair and Brown governments the NHS connived to suppress the truth about scandals that, if disclosed, would have embarrassed ministers.

On top of this, it excoriates the Care Quality Commission, set up by Labour in 2009, and its claim that it had inspected half of the 14 trusts under investigation and found them ‘compliant’ with basic standards.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2366315/The-day-Labour-lost-moral-high-ground-NHS.html#ixzz2bDsq9JKb