My Lord Haskins:
'Looks a bit dodgy to me!' (He
'Bribery is bribery. There is no other name'
And we do not forget - for instance - that Dr Chaitanya Patel OBE BM
FRCP (?formerly/presently of Westminster Health Care Ltd) was advising
Messrs Blair, Milburn, Reid, Hewitt etc on 'reform'** of the National
Health whilst his loan to the rose perfumed party of government lay in
a special account which Lord Levy might know about (Michael Crick -
Newsnight 16-03-06). That he had a direct financial interest in the
expansion of private hospitals had no bearing of course on the advice
he gave. The irony of the firm's title is no longer lost.
**Reform - in Blairese: dismemberment,
evisceration (as at the University Hospital of Stoke on Trent)
Excerpts from this long and interesting article - The Caring Tycoon:
It was there that he began
to envisage replacing the traditional healthcare model with a
commercial one that guaranteed accountability to the patient.
He decided that in order to do this properly, he must first learn about
finance by working in the City, something that disgusted his parents
and his first wife, a GP whom he had met at Southampton. After training
with Merrill Lynch in the US he landed a job with Lehman Brothers. It
made him a lot of money, much of which he sought to invest in a
healthcare business. "I could have stayed as a banker, but I didn't
find it fulfilling. It was hollow."
"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."
A Quotation From: The NHS Dismantled
In his report to the Conservative Party’s Economic Reconstruction Group in 1977, Nicholas Ridley wrote that:
"...denationalisation should not be attempted by frontal attack but by preparation for return to the private sector by stealth. We should first pass legislation to destroy the public sector monopolies. We might also need to take power to sell assets. Secondly, we should fragment the industries as far as possible and set up the units as separate profit centres."