Sunday 17 February 2013

Lord Help Us – Tory Donor Made Peer Reveals Broken System

When it was announced that John Nash would become a life peer of the House of Lords, I added his name to the list of over 200 parliamentarians who have recent past or present financial links to companies involved in healthcare.

The Members financial interests represent every stage of the healthcare value chain from advisors of private equity firms funding the private healthcare companies, to having shares in those same companies. They are Chairman of estate companies involved in PFI deals, partners in legal firms that make those deals, advisors to private hospitals, they represent companies in pharmaceutical media, medical equipment, care homes, lobbying, and insurance. You name it, they have it covered and the list of vested interests in both the Commons and the Lords is so great, that it can best be described as a healthcare coup d’état of our parliamentary institutions.