Andy Burnham Labour MP and shadow Health Secretary, recently stated in the Independent that all new contracts between hospitals and the private sector should be put on hold until after next year’s general election.
When he states that privatization should be “put on hold” what he really means is that Labour are being left behind in the Great NHS Privatisation Gravy Train race. Labour wants the train to stop so that they, Labour politicians, can jump on board and get their grubby paws on the contracts.
It’s a well understood fact of modern politics that Westminster MPs are only in politics for the money.
Being an MP brings opportunities for directorships, speaking engagements and numerous other business junkets, including shares. In other words, policy decisions made in Westminster almost always have a financial spin off for numerous individuals within the Palace of Westminster. It’s crooked to the core.
Social Investigations provides analysis of this and it is a real eye opener for several reasons.
The biggest eye opener and something that we all need to be aware of is that this level of corruption isn’t an English only phenomenon. Scottish politicians are up to their neck in these activities.
And guess who is involved? Here are the culprits. The information is extracted from Social Investigations.
Alistair Darling: MP for Edinburgh South-West: 7 April 2011, He received a fee of £10,200 for addressing a dinner organised by Cinven, London. Hours: approx 6 hrs. On its website it states: ‘Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’
Cinven is a leading buyout firm, who bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa. Other UK investments include. Spire Healthcare, who run private healthcare hospitals, and whose clinical director Jean-Jacques de Gorter said the use of private sector would spiral as a result of Andrew Lansley’s reform proposals. General healthcare group, which runs healthcare services, and whose group includes: BMI healthcare. The other company is Générale de Santé who are France’s leading healthcare provider.
Menzies Campbell: North East Fife: Non-executive director of Scottish American Investment Company plc since 2007. The investment company took over one of the care homes when Southern Cross collapsed. His spokeswoman said: “It is Sir Menzies’ understanding that negotiations for another care provider to take over the running of the care home in question are at an advanced stage. Sir Menzies has no further comment to make.” Approximately 4.5% of the investment company’s equity is in healthcare.
Robert Smith: Liberal Democratic MP for West Aberdeenshire and KIncardine – Has shares in pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Shares in Legal and General, which offers medical insurance.
GSK is the UK’s leading supplier of COPD medicines, supplies the NHS. Has shares in Legal and general, which offer private health insurance.
My personal opinion on this is that Darling, Campbell, Smith and the numerous English MPs are setting an example for the Scottish Unionist politicians who are fighting for a No vote in September. They have blazed a trail that others desperately wish to follow.
In other words, Labour and LibDems MSPs and those representing Scottish Westminster seats (MPs) desperately want a No vote because it represents an opportunity for personal wealth creation.
A No vote means the end of the NHS in Scotland, it will be Privatised and it will, in the main, be Scottish Labour MPs, MSPs and Peers who will reap the rewards.
You will see Scottish Labour and LibDems politicians gaining employment with private healthcare companies. You will see them on the boards of directors, you will see them accumulating share portfolios in private healthcare.
In the event of a No vote, those in Scotland who become ill and require health care will, in future, witness their illness contributing to the fat bank accounts of Unionists.
The Unionists will emasculate Scotland and align Scotland with England where the NHS is concerned. Privatisation in England means privatisation in Scotland. That is what One Nation politics represent, whether it’s from Labour or the Tories.
This scenario is not far-fetched. Precedents have already been set by Scottish politicians, Alistair Darling of course is one of them, and there is a big queue of Scottish Unionists waiting in the wings to snatch up the financial opportunities.
Make no mistake, Unionists want a No vote so that they can gain financially from the inevitable Privatisation of the Scottish NHS.
The only way to secure the Scottish NHS is to vote Yes in September.