"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"
Aneurin Bevan

Monday, 30 May 2011

Warner and NHS Reforms

Lord Norman Warner keeps turning up like a turd that will not flush away.

He keeps being brought up by the media as a "previous Labour Minister" that "supports Lansley's NHS policies". Why is it that he supports "the coalition's plans to reform the NHS"? Why, on BBC Westminster Hour did he tell Carolyn Quinn that he is "critical of Labour's opposition to proposals to increase competition within the NHS"?

Might it be because in 2008 he became "nonexecutive chairman of a company - UK Health Gateway - which promises to "open the door" for overseas businesses selling to the National Health Service"? In other words, he became part of a company that would benefit from competition in the NHS?

Might it also be because he also "works as an adviser to Xansa, a technology firm, and Byotrol, an antimicrobial company, which both sell services or products to the NHS" and was "paid by DLA Piper, which advised ministers on the £12 billion IT project for the NHS" projects that he was responsible for when he was a government minister?

Basically, when Lord Warner supports a Tory Government about a policy to introduce more private sector involvement into the NHS is is simply because Lord Warner will make a huge pile of cash from such policies.  This is why Lord Warner is "critical of Labour's opposition to proposals to increase competition within the NHS". A huge pile of cash will make you say anything, even if you are nominally, a Labour peer!

1 comment:

  1. To be fair, I don't think Lord Warner's views have changed much. In fact I don't think the ConDem's policies are so very different from those of New Labour. But New Labour were very much better at concealing their true intent.