Showing posts with label 'conflicts of interest'. Show all posts
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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Tory Lord is Partner of Company Making Money from GP Group Development and Sponsor of Healthinvestors Award


An award ceremony for companies involved in private healthcare, is being sponsored by a company who has a Conservative Lord as their partner, and who moved their company in a position to make money form the healthcare reforms as the Health and Social Care bill was being debated in the Lords.

The Healthinvestors awards are described by the website as being ‘the biggest night of the year for the independent health sector.’ Their claim is accurate, as the list of last years attendees reads like a who’s, who in the private healthcare sector, including ‘key names from across the political and commercial spectrum.’

One attendee of this year’s event, taking place in the swanky Grosvenor hotel, London on May 31st is certain to be one of the sponsors, the international law firm Beachcroft, who came to the attention of Social Investigations when it was discovered that as the Health and Social Care bill was being debated in the House of Lords, Beachcroft positioned itself into an alliance led by Capita, which was making money from developing the new Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs).


Lord Hunt of Wirral
Beachcroft, like so many organisations involved in healthcare, has a parliamentarian in their ranks, and this case it is Lord Hunt of Wirral. The Tory Peer was a senior partner at Beachcroft Wansboroughs now DAC Beachcroft from 1996 until 2005, whereupon he became chairman of the firm’s financial services division. He is now a partner of the firm.



When speaking in a House of Lords debate on health in October 2010, he said: ‘Many of the Government's commitments will require primary legislation, and a Bill is due to be introduced later this year which will attract considerable attention not only from within the NHS but from firms in the private health sector and from professional advisers.’


Seven months before the Conservative Peer made that statement, and five months before the government publically released their White Paper: Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS: Beachcroft were busy strengthening their healthcare team. In an article appearing in the lawyer, it revealed how Beachcroft were raiding a ‘10-strong team of lawyers from Halliwells’ healthcare practice.’ Head of healthcare Nigel Montgomery told the lawyer: “It [healthcare] is absolutely a growth area and has grown substantially over the last three years,”


Further depth to their healthcare team was made following the appointment of partner Eve Gregory, from legal giant Eversheds, a firm that had already lost a five-strong health team in the health sector to Beachcroft in 2008.


Beachcroft’s influence cannot be overstated, with the law firm having over 300 health clients; Beachcroft is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK and is widely regarded as the leading legal adviser to the health and social care sector. In July this year, Peter Lee, former Partner and now consultant at Beachcroft, was appointed Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. In the same month, the NHS Commercial Alliance, a new procurement partnership set up in 2010, selected 11 law firms in one of the largest legal services framework agreements in the country, valued at £20m for up to four years. The framework agreement, which was awarded last month, covers eight lots, and Beachcroft are represented in every one of them.


Lord Hunt is not the only parliament representative they’ve had; Charles Clarke – the former Labour MP for Norwich South was once listed as a consultant to Beachcroft LLP. The MP was roundly condemned by those on the left of the party for his statement suggesting people should be charged for 'peripheral treatments'.


Beachcroft who have just launched a new updated guide for Clinical Commissioning Groups at the beginning of April, are all set to make money from the continued CCG development process. Capita who have won multiple contracts to develop the new CCGs, are leading the way, sponsoring the Clinical Commissioning conference titled: ‘‘Defining Our Future’, taking place today (24th April) in London.


Perhaps it goes without saying, but say it I will, Lord Hunt of Wirral was able to vote on the Health and Social care bill, and vote he did; loyally with the government in all key divisions. His connection to a company involved in private healthcare makes him one of the 27% of Conservative Lords with such interests.


Beachcroft are listed as a 2012 finalist at the awards under the category ‘Legal advisors of the year – private’, I suspect their chances of winning are rather good.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

One in Ten Liberal Democrat Peers have financial links to Companies involved in Private Healthcare


The Liberal Democrats have been instrumental in helping the Conservative party realise their dream of passing through the Health and Social Care bill. A bill that failed to appear in either party’s manifesto and thus had no mandate to the voting public. The bill, which has been wholly rejected as acceptable by the health professionals who work in the NHS, citing competition and privatisation as being the major area of concern.


One in Ten Liberal Democrat peers have financial connections to companies involved in private healthcare. That is to say ten out of the 90 Liberal Democrat peers have direct financial links. This is considerably less that the One in Four Conservatives and the One in Six Crossbench Peers with such connections, with Labour Peers still to be calculated.


However, that is not to say this number is acceptable. It is not. Why are any peers with connections to companies that could benefit from the bill allowed to vote on it? 

The Liberal Democrats as a party are heavily funded by a company called Alpha Healthcare, which have been donating to the party since 2004. The company has donated more than half the money the Lib Dems have taken in major donations since the start of the election campaign. The amount they have been giving has steadily increased over time, but last year it accelerated up to £400,000. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the connection. Research conducted by Dr Éoin Clarke on his Green Benches blog revealed how this company had changed its company registration number and business premises after the 2010 lection, which meant their most recent donations didn’t show in the Electoral Commission’s website.

Is this what we want from our democracy?


In an email exchange with Baroness Barker, which followed my sending her the list of Lords interests, she seemed to be more concerned with the technical issue of whether her colleagues had registered their interests saying: Please supply your evidence that any of the people named below who have taken part in the Health and Social Care Bill have failed to declare their interests as they are required to do.’ She misses the point. 

As with the Conservative, Crossbench and as I have seen so far the Labour members, the connections to the companies vary across the sphere of influence. Some are connected by shareholdings; some are chairman, partners, advisors and directors. The merry-go-round of self-interest and the dubious methods in which power and influence affect our society must be changed, if the public are to once again trust our parliamentarians. They are after all meant to be public servants, but as the evidence accumulates, it becomes clear it is the corporations with which they appear to serve.


An e-petition has been set up which is here - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31991 - if you can please sign it to stop Lords voting on their own interests, this would go some way to prevent their behaviour.

Liberal Democrats peers with financial interest in companies involved in private healthcare.



1. Lord Alliance: Shares in Huntsworth plc - a company whose CEO is Lord Chadlington - which £15,500 to the party in August last year and has given money every year since 2008. Denied it at first but Electoral Commission found them out. The same company that had Baroness Cumberledge as one of their non-executive directors. Heavily involved in lobbying and PR.  


2. Lord Clement-Jones: Partner in DLA Piper, a global law firm providing lobbying services to “clients in the health and social care sectors”. DLA Piper counts Southern Cross amongst its clients.  Lord Clement-Jones nominated Lord Hameed for his peerage, a nomination supported by Lord Dholakia. Lord Hameed sits on the board of Alpha hospitals, part of the Alpha Healthcare (C&C Alpha/C&C business solutions) group. The Alpha group has made significant donations to the Liberal Democrat party. In 2008, Lord Clement-Jones was the party treasurer. The Times exposed Lord Clement-Jones as being the man who nominated Lord Hameed, after the peer had originally said he had 'no idea.' Ownership of Alpha is usually assigned to Bhanu Dhruv Choudhrie who were accused of brokering an israeli arms deal


3. Lord Lee: Shares in United Drug plc (Pharmaceuticals) - Provide home-based pharmacy care for patients covered by the NHS as a joint venture from 2009 with Medco Health Solutions. 


4. Lord Lester: Has shares in Investor AB an investment company that invests in healthcare companies amongst other sectors. One company is Gambro, a global medical technology company, which sells its products to the NHS. Voted loyally with the bill amendments.


5. Lord Rennard: Director, British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) - Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill - The BHTA's purpose, as a trade association, is to ensure that the market for healthcare and assistive technologies is competitive, profitable and well-regulated. They work in partnership with industry, government, and other stakeholders. Set up a communications company with his wife called Rennard & McTegart Ltd. through this company provides public affairs advice to the British Healthcare Trade Association. Rennard & McTegart Ltd provide management, campaign, communications and fund raising consultancy.

6. Lord Sharman: Is the chairman of Aviva, has directorship and Shareholdings in Aviva plc - his being chairman is not registered in the register of interests - Aviva sells health insurance and will likely benefit from any increase in privatisation - they promote how you don't have to have waiting times if you take out insurance with them. Dr Doug Wright, principal clinical consultant at Aviva Health UK, said "I think we could start to see waiting lists increase again, especially for some of the elective procedures that are within the traditional medical insurance territory," Dr Wright said. Earlier this month, a spokesman for the Association of British Insurers noted that health insurance could be a "very useful product" of which many people in the UK could take advantage.


7. Lord steel: Non-executive Director, General Mediterranean Holding SA is a Business group with activities in amongst other sectors Trading & Pharmaceuticals. The http://www.gmhsa.com/images/spacer.gifIndustrial, Trading & Pharmaceuticals part is split into two companies of interest. Meditech UK Ltd has software currently installed at ten medical facilities in the UK including the NHS. MEDITECH is the leading supplier of healthcare information systems in North America. The other company is Crescent Pharma Ltd which directly and indirectly supplies a wide range of major distributors and customers within the UK, including the NHS.


8. Lord Taverne: Chairman of private health insurer Axa Sun Life’s monitoring board. Shares in Unilever whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline, who provide products to the NHS. Has shares in a company called Informa which provides authoritative research and analysis and up-to-the-minute business news, comment and events for all sectors of the healthcare, medical and life sciences communities. They present their findings to clients who then invest based on their reports. Has shares in Legal and General, which provides healthcare insurance.


9. Lord Vallance: Member, International Advisory Board, Allianz SE (insurance) - company offers medical insurance. Also Member, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG - which supplies medical equipment to the NHS. Voted loyally - and against Lord Rea's proposal of declining to give the bill a second reading.


10. Lord Watson: Chairman, Havas Media UK - MPG Media Contacts is an integrated agency, 100% owned by Havas Media. In April 2011 - MPG Media Contacts won the integrated media planning and buying account for Circle Health, the healthcare partnership that runs and builds hospitals.The account is worth just under £1m, according to MPG Media Contacts, and the scope of the work covers offline and online channels in the UK.

Circle, which became the first private UK firm to run an NHS hospital last year when it won the tender to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital, plans to build a network of 30 hospitals across the UK in the coming years.

Paul Frampton, managing director, MPG Media Contacts, said: "We're proud to be working with Circle, which does an excellent job in the Healthcare sector.

"Our primary aim will be to deliver them an integrated media strategy that will bring them real value this year."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Baroness Barker avoids conflict of interest in email correspondence


The Lords have been exposed as having large amounts of connections to companies involved in Private Health companies, who potentially may benefit from the new Health and Social Care bill, which they have voted on. Latest research revealed over a quarter of Conservative Lords as having financial links to companies in private healthcare.

When the list of Lords and MPs was originally put together, Social Investigations with some help sent the list to all the Lords and MPs. They have this list, they are aware of it; a list that has grown almost double in size since we first sent it to them.

One Baroness in particular, Baroness Barker, seemed to take offence at this list and has been in correspondence with us: Below is a timeline of our interaction. The first email we sent out was the list of Lords and MPs:
An e-petition has been set up which is here - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31991 - if you can please sign it to stop Lords voting on their own interests, this would go some way to prevent their behaviour.
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I am sending you this information on behalf of Social Investigations who would be grateful if you could take a look at the following list of politicians with links to private health interests/organisations which we feel is something that should be noted and taken into consideration when voting takes place with any connection to the debate on the National Health Service. It is obvious that with these vested interests there is a conflict of interest and many who have seen this list are quite frankly shocked that this situation exists whereby those with vested interests can and are voting in favour of policies which could benefit those interests through the promotion of the further privatisation of the NHS.

She replied:

Dear xxxx

Please supply your evidence that any of the people named below who have taken part in the Health and Social Care Bill have failed to declare their interests as they are required to do.


Please supply your evidence that the individuals named below have furthered their own interests. Please supply as much detail as you have.

Thank you,

Liz Barker




We felt this missed the point and so replied: 

Dear Baroness Barker


As you can see in the introductory paragraph and closing one it has not been stated that anyone has furthered their own interests but there is the possibility that this could happen seeing as there is an obvious conflict of interest.

Also it has been stated that no complaint is being made whether or not these interests have been declared as most of them have been, it is this conflict of interest that worries many and simply registering ones interest is not enough, and is something we feel should be addressed.




Hope that helps.

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Baroness Barker’s reply:

Dear xxxxxx


Have you read the Code of Conduct which all members have to agree to abide by in writing before they can take their seat?

Liz Barker


Then she nudged us a few days later:



Dear xxxx, 

In case this e-mail didn’t reach you I am resending it. I look forward to your response.

Liz Barker


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She still hasn't got it. 


Thank you for your email.


Yes we have read the rules of conduct, it is not for us to decide whether the standards of a Lord's behaviour have been in keeping with these rules, that is for the commissioner.


It is of our opinion that it is simply not sufficient for a Lord to simply register their interest, and be allowed to influence a bill with which they have potential financial interest. Lord's business interests as long as they are declared are not a barrier to voting on an issue, or indeed speaking if the peer has declared the interest. This is not the same at local level.


We would be very interested on your thoughts on this matter as there are a lot of Lords who have financial interests in private healthcare companies to varying degrees who are able to influence the bills outcome.


Yours


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She didn’t reply, so we nudged her.


Dear Baroness Barker,


In light of the latest revelation that over a quarter of your coalition partners peers have financial links to private healthcare companies - I wonder if you would be so kind to respond to the email we sent regarding the matter of potential conflicts of interests, and give us your views.


Yours


Her latest reply read:


If you have evidence that any peers have not observed the code of conduct you should say so. 

Liz Barker


Roundup:
Although we appreciate Baroness Barker taking the time to reply, she has entirely missed the point. The issue is not whether they registered their interests, which I assume they have; it is that they have these conflicts of interests in the first place, and are still allowed to vote. After all if you are a councillor at local government level with financial interest or a partner with financial interest, then they must declare a prejudicial interest, then they must leave the room and take no further part in discussions or voting. 

There is a reason for this. With conflicts of interest, comes the potential for corruption, insider dealing, and the weakening of our democracy. Two in-depth looks into peers Baroness Bottomley and Lord Chadlington, revealed just why anyone with a vested interest, should not be allowed to vote. (Update) Indeed now the bill has been passed, companies with MPs and Lords on their books have gained revenue as a direct cause of their vote and the changes imposed due to the Health and Social care Act.


As for her final email asking us whether we have any evidence that any peers have ‘not observed the rules of conduct’, the answer to that is yes. Two complaints have gone in to the commissioner for standards, one of which is here, and we await the verdict. In the meantime, perhaps Baroness Barker would be better off questioning the conflict of interest rather than demanding evidence on a technicality. 

Monday, 12 March 2012

Conservative Lords and their financial links to companies involved in private healthcare


This is a list of Conservative Lords who all have financial links to companies involved in the private healthcare industry. There are 62 of them out of a total of 217 peers who have these interests, which amounts to 28%. This represents at best a conflict of interest and at worst institutional corruption. They should not have been allowed to vote on the Health and Social Care bill with such interests, and reform of the Lords must take place to prevent this happening in the future.

After all if you are a councillor at local government level with financial interest or a partner with financial interest, then they must declare a prejudicial interest, then they must leave the room and take no further part in discussions or voting. In many cases this is left down to the discretion of the elected member but with the knowledge that this will be challenged somewhere down the line. Why are the Lords not treated in the same way?

The interests in private healthcare range from having shares in companies set to benefit from the bill they are voting from, being chairman, advisors of healthcare companies and getting the company in a position to benefit from the NHS privatisation. Some work as advisors for investment companies that heavily invest in companies that will benefit from the bill. Others are directors of companies that are in direct competition to the NHS. Some have donated to the Conservative party, and in fact that is why one of them was made a Lord. They represent a merry-go-round of self-interest, viewing an NHS developed by public money since its inception, they simply want to hand it over to the corporations they work for. They are corporate servants, make no mistake about that, and won't stop unless they are made to.An e-petition has been set up which is here - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31991 - if you can please sign it to stop Lords voting on their own interests, this would go some way to prevent their behaviour.

1. Lord Ashcroft: Conservative benches and funder - Until 2010, held investments in two private healthcare groups. Has voted in 16.33% of of votes in the house, below average amongst Lords. Managed to Vote on key parts of the Health and Social Care bill.

2. Lord Ashton - Conservative - Shares in Marsh Inc insurance brokers and in Zurich Financial Services AG - In a review for the Department of Health of the NHS litigation Authority - written by Marsh Inc, it recommended involving opening up clinical negligence cover over to private insurers. Zurich Financial Insurers said they didn't have the expertise but  the Marsh review envisaged opening up a dialogue which might eventually give them the information they needed. The DoH unsurprisingly accepted the large majority of Marsh's recommendations. Lord Ashton also has shares in a private dental company called Smilepod Hygiene Ltd. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill.

3. Lord Bell: Conservative - Chairman of Chime Communications group, whose companies include Bell Pottinger, and whose lobbying clients include Southern Cross, BT Health and AstraZeneca. Tim Bell has a conviction for ‘wilfuly, openly and obscenely’ exposing himself ‘with intent to insult a female’ under Section 4 of the 1824 Vagrancy Act. For more on this delightful personality, which bears little relevance to the NHS but says so much about the character click here. If that isn't enough then please click here to see their attempts to work with the Ubekistan dictatorship. Has voted in 14.66% of votes, below average amongst Lords. Managed to vote on the Health and Social Care bill amendments.  

4. Lord Blackwell: Conservatives - Chairman of Interserve, consultancy to NHS and private healthcare firms. Involved in PFI hospitals - Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

Quotes on bill: 

We are now 10 years further on from that and it is important that the changes are not lost in the voices that will always oppose changes that are necessary to reform the way that the NHS works. I hope that, while listening to those voices, the Minister can assure us that these essential reforms will be carried through and that the period of uncertainty for the NHS will not be any longer than it needs to be before we can get to the kind of reformed NHS that we all want to see.

5. Lord Blyth of Rowington: Conservative - Senior adviser to ­investment bankers Greenhill. Former Boots Chemists deputy chairman.
Tory Donor. Stands to gain from the break up and privatisation of the NHS wants and would surely like to buy the Walk in Centres at an agreed cut-price with Cameron. Didn't vote on bill.

6. Lord Boswell - Conservative - Has shares in Reckitt Benckiser which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. The company has just paid a fine for £10.2 million in 2010 following a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading which found them guilty of illegal anti-compative behaviour relating to their heartburn product Gaviscon. Lord Boswell's shares have in brackets household part of the company, but in the end it is the same company. He also has shares in GlaxoSmithKline PLC pharmaceuticals. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

7. Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: Conservative - The former Conservative Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley is a Director of BUPA, the health insurance, private hospital and care group. Voted on key amendments in of the Health and Social Care bill, despite having a below average vote turnout of 23.33%. Click here for more indepth look at why Baroness Bottomley shouldn't have been allowed to vote.
Quotes on bill:  'I give this Bill an unequivocal and extraordinarily warm welcome.'  
'It is romantic poppycock to think that the Secretary of State should be personally involved ...'
8. Lord Brittan - Conservative - Advisor to Teijin who are a conglomerate of global companies. One part of the business is the medical and pharmaceutical business group. Teijin Home Healthcare Limited supply products to the NHS and Teijin Pharma Ltd provides pharmaceuticals to the NHS. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

9. Baroness Byford - Conservative - has shares in Reckitt Benckiser (personal care).  which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. The company has just paid a fine for £10.2 million in 2010 following a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading which found them guilty of illegal anti-compative behaviour relating to their heartburn product Gaviscon. 
Shares in GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals which supply the NHS. Shares in Uniliver plc (domestic products) Unilever whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Shares in Croda International plc which has a health division which products and has extensive links with the NHS. Voted loyally on the Health and Social care bill. 

10. Lord Carrington - Conservative - has shares in GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals, suppliers to the NHS. shares in Unilever plc. Unilever has a European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Although Lord Carrington's shares are stated as being in household products, in the end it is the same pot. Voted loyally and managed to get into vote despite having just a 9.54% vote turnout record.

11. Lord Chadlington: Conservative - Chief executive of Huntsworth communications group with several lobbying firms. Huntsworth Health chaired a meeting on commissioning on behalf of Healthcare Communications Association, a group whose members consist of PR agencies and pharmaceutical companies. Members set to make increasing profits from the Health and Social care bill.  Voted on key areas of the Health and Social Care bill. For more on Lord Chadlington and why he should be allowed to vote on this bill, click here.
 
12. Lord Coe: Conservative - In February 2011 became Director of AMT-Sybex Group, IT supplier to the NHS. Same company that paid for a trip of former MP Robert Keys. A very low 8.21% vote turnout, voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill. 

13. Baroness Cumberlege of Newick: Conservative - Former Tory health minister, runs Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works "extensively" with the pharmaceutical industry. Used to be non-excutive director of PR firm for healthcare huntsworth PLC, of which Lord Chadlington is Chief Executive.  Former executive director of healthcare consulting firm MJM healthcare solutions. Voted loyal on the health and Social Care bill, despite having a below average turnout.

Quotes on bill: 'I applaud the flexibility of the Bill.'


14. Lord Deighton: (New) Conservative - Shares in Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc - a biotechnology company.

15. Lord Dixon-Smith - Conservative - has shares in Vodaphone group plc - Vodaphone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodaphone UK as its communications partner. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill.

16. Baroness Eccles  - Conservative - Has shares in GlaxoSmithKline (Healthcare) - GlaxoSmith Kline. GSK is the UK's leading supplier of COPD medicines. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill.
Quote on the bill. 'My Lords, I am delighted to support this bill.' 'I hope that this bill will initiate a sea change in the way that we approach the nation's health...'

17. Lord Edmiston - Conservative - Shareholdings in Bupa Finance plc - a Bupa director is Baroness Bottomley - Bupa provides health insurance, private hospital and care group in direct competition with the NHS. Shares in Fidelity International Ltd, which acquired Telehealth Solutions Ltd in 2011 - Telehealth have partners in the NHS and private healthcare - and has several contracts with the NHS. Has won award for work in the NHS and telehealthcare is promoted by Andrew Lansley. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill.

18. Lord Feldman of Elstree - Conservative - Shares in BTG pharmaceuticals - BGT are a UK company that manages commercialisation activity in pharmaceuticals. BTG acquired Biocompatiibles in 2010. Biocompatibles supplies medical devices.  Voted loyally on bill.

19. Lord Feldman - Conservative - Shares in Inverness Medical, now Alere, a global healthcare company who work with many PCTs including the 'healthcheck programme.' Voted loyally.

20. Lord Fink - Conservative - Director of multiple companies including: The Global PR network Ltd, which covers the health and medical sector, in which he has shares. Chairman and Director of Zenith hygiene Group plc, an approved NHS supplier. Shares run independently by Lombard Odier the company in charge of his share portfolio include: Abbott Laboratories ltd (pharmaceuticals), Allianz SE, which offers medical insurance, Prudential plc, which offers private health insurance, Siemens AG, which supplies medical equipment to the NHS, Vodaphone group, South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodaphone UK as its communications partner. Voted loyally in the Health and Social care bill amendments.

21.
Lord Flight – Conservative - director of Investec Asset Management –

Investec Asset Management is a specialist provider of investment products and services. Their clients include healthcare and some of the world’s largest private and public sector pension funds, insurers and corporates, and range from foundations and central banks to intermediated and direct investors. Voted with the government on all key divisions of the Health and Social Care bill.

Chairman of Arden Partners plc who have invested in Deltex Medical Group. The company produce a telehealth product adopted by the NHS.


22. Lord Forsyth of Drumlean: Conservative - Senior adviser to ­Evercore, bank involved in huge healthcare deals. Voted loyally on health and Social care bill.

23. Lord Freeman: Conservative - The ex-health minister is chairman of the Advisory Board of ­PricewaterhouseCoopers, which claims to have “been at the heart of shaping ­[healthcare] reforms and working with clients to respond to the opportunities they present”. Director of Parity Group plc - Parity group plc won a contract with NHS direct to develop and support a new Health Information Search Portal for £1.4 million. Lord Freeman became non-executive chairman in 2007. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill.

24. Lord Garel-Jones: Conservative - MD of UBS bank, whose healthcare division earned the firm over $1billion since 2005. Voted on key dates of the Health and Social Care bill.

25. Lord Glendonbrook - Conservative - Has shares in Ansell Ltd NPV (healthcare), Abbott Laboratories, supplies NHS with Lab equipment, reagents. Shares in Astrazeneca biopharaceuticals - The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline Ord 25p (healthcare), GlaxoSmithKline (healthcare), Johnson & Johnson, which supplies the NHS. Shares in Novartis who threatened to pull out of the UK becaue the NHS safety trial rulesShares in Novo Nordisk (pharmaceuticals) supplies NHS, shares in Pfizer Inc (pharmaceuticals) supplies NHS. Shares in Serco group, which has multiple contracts with NHS including PFI hospitals. Shares in Siemens AG, which supplies medical equipment to the NHS. Shares in Smith & Nephew, hip-replacement and bandaging group. Unilver plc, whose European venture capital arm Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company. Voted loyally on the Health and Social care bill.

26. Viscount Goschen - Conservative - is paid by though it doesn't say in which capacity by Korn/Ferry International - is an international executive search firm - they run healthcare services - Among the diverse range of healthcare organisations they have secured and developed top healthcare executives are hospital systems, multi-specialty physician practices, pharmacy benefit management companies, long-term care/assisted-living companies, home health companies, healthcare associations, and other service delivery companies. Voted loyally on the Health and Social care bill.

Vanni Treves who is a director elect of Homerton Hospital NHS Trust, is also chair of Korn/Ferry International and Intertek Group Plc.

In 1993 when Virginia Bottomley was health secretary, Korn Ferry made the news when it was revealed Oxford Regional Health Authority forked out £30,000 to Korn Ferry to find its new £80,000-a-year chief executive; Oxford District Health Authority spent pounds £60,000 to get its new chief executive and director of finance; and Oxford Family Health Services Authority paid £30,000 for a replacement chief executive.

The worst thing about this particular case is that, for one of the posts, the company did little more than place an advert in newspapers and draw up a short list.' No doubt Koln Ferry will be recruiting for the new NHS.  


27. Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: Conservative - Director of Goldman Sachs bank, provider of services to healthcare firms. Chief executive of Circle Ali Parsa was an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs -  Voted loyally on the Health and Social care bill.

28. Lord Hamilton of Epsom - Conservative: Has a directorship with MSB Ltd (managing consultancy), who have NHS, Bupa and CareUK listed as their clients. Care UK chairman John Nash funded Andrew Lansley's office. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

Quotes: 'My Lords, surely one of the problems of the National Health Service is the wall of money that was thrown at a totally unreformed NHS by the last Government? Do we not need management consultants now to show us the way forward on the savings that need to be wrung out of the NHS so that it can survive into the future?' Hansard source (Citation: HL Deb, 13 February 2012, c556)

Earl Howe responded - Yes, we do, my Lords. Part of the benefit of the modernisation programme will be to streamline the architecture of the NHS.

29. Lord Hayhoe - 
Conservative - shares in Abbott Laboratories ltd (pharmaceuticals, and medical products) supplies NHS. Didn't vote.

30. Baron Higgins of Worthing
: Conservative - Holds in excess of £50,000 of shares in Lansdowne UK Equity Fund, backers of private hospital group Circle Holdings. Voted loyally. 

31. Lord Hill - Conservative - Shares in  Huntsworth plc  - company funded the Conservative party - the founder and chairman is Lord Chadlington
. Huntsworth gave £15,500 to the Conservative party in August last year and has given money every year since 2008.  Following the exposure, Huntsworth were forced to admit they had given money stating the money was given by buying tickets for ‘Conservative events’, a classic way for lobbying to take place.  Furthermore, Lord Chadlington, and his wife have personally given more than £20,000 to the local party since 2007, including a sum of £10,000 for his leadership campaign. Voted loyally.

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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts – Conservative - Chairman, Nova Capital Management – who own Accentus Medical and formerly owned life science company Sterilin Limited and healthcare call center services company notifymd.
33. Baroness Hooper: Conservative - Until July 11, chairman of Advisory Committee of Barclays Infrastructure Funds, one of the most experienced investors in hospital PFI deals. Voted loyally.

34. Lord Howard of Lympne: Conservative - Senior adviser to ­Hawkpoint Partners, a corporate finance firm. Provide staff to NHS and Private Healthcare providers. Lord Howard replaced Douglas Hurd in early 2011, thus keeping the connection of influence in parliament. Andrew Lansley met Hawkpoint partners for dinner on 30th June 2011. What was said? Voted loyally.
35.  Earl Howe – was a patron of pro-market health think tank 2020health up until the election. The rules allow patronage without the need to register. 2020health have produced multiple publications sponsored by the likes of Pfizer, Tunstall and other healthcare companies. Hey have a membership list that is hidden. There are currently four patrons of 2020health – who all have healthcare links. For more on the Earl please click here.

36. Lord Hunt of Wirral: Conservative - Partner in Beachcroft, a law firm that offers incisive analysis on the full range of government, parliamentary and regulatory matters in the health sector. Voted loyally.

37. Baroness James - Conservative - has shares in AstraZeneca (pharmaceuticals). The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. GlaxoSmithKline plc (healthcare) supplies the NHS. Shares in Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, which produces drugs for the NHS amongst other health institutions. NHS is currently suing Reckitt Benckiser for £90 million following an investigation that ruled the company had abused its dominant position in the heartburn market. Serco Group (business services), which has multiple contracts with NHS including PFI hospitals. Smith and Nephew (healthcare) supplies hip replacement and bandaging to the NHS. Shares in Vodafone Group (communications) - Vodaphone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodaphone UK as its communications partner. Has a 10.34% voting turnout but managed to vote on a lot of the Health and Social Care bill amendments.

38. Lord Lang of Monkton: Conservative - Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies that "help hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and industry associations understand the implications of changing policy environments". Voting record is below average, but managed to vote on the Health and Social care bill amendments, 
39. Lord Lawson - Conservative - Chairman of Oxford Investment Partners whose investment management team 'has more than 50 years of investment experience with a dedicated focus on communications, healthcare and sustainability.  Lawson once said 'the NHS was the closest thing the English had to a religion'. Perhaps the closet thing the Lords have to a religion is money? Oxford Capital Partners invested £550,000 in Oxitec Ltd led investments in a number of science and technology companies including several spin outs from UK universities. Our current investment portfolio includes 8 university spin outs of which four are from the University of Oxford: Avidex (drug discovery); g-Nostics (pharmacogenetics); Oxonica (nanotechnology) Vote is below average - voted loyaly on the Health and Social Care bill.
40. Lord Lloyd-Webber - Conservative - Shares in Catlin Group Limited, began writing Healthcare Professional Liability insurance in London in 1994. They offer extensive knowledge of medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Shares in Smiths Group plc, which produces medical equipment. Shares in AstraZeneca (pharmaceuticals). The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. Shares in Gilead Sciences, a research-based pharmaceutical company, which supplies the NHS. hares in GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals), and Johnson & Johnson (pharmaceuticals), which both supply to the NHS. Standad life, which supply Private Medical Insurance plans to both corporate and individual customers and have an extensive range of healthcare products. Raffles medical group - operates a network of 74 multi-disciplinary clinics across Singapore. Shares in Stryker Corporation orthopedic market and is one of the world’s largest medical device companies. Has voted in 1.49% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip). Voted in the Health and Social care bill on commissioning.

41. Lord Macfarlane: Conservative - Has shares in Prudential plc, which offers private health insurance. Shares in Aviva plc, which offers private health care. Shares in Smith & Nephew (Pharmaceuticals) hip-replacement and bandaging group.Has voted in 6.25% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip). Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill. 

42. Lord Magan of Castletown: Conservative - Director of the SISK Group of healthcare companies. Member of the advisory board on Axa Private equity, which invests heavily in healthcare. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill

43. Lord Maples - (deceased 9th June 2012) Shares in Berkshire Hathaway Inc the company run by Warren Buffet - the conglomerate invests heavily in private healthcare companies - 6 out of their 41 stocks are in healthcare. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

44. Lord Marland - Shares in Tristel Ltd plc - a leading provider of infection control products into the NHS. Shares in Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc - their website states 'the placing and serving of healthcare insurance...is a specialist field in which we excel.' Their insurance covers hospitals, Physician  cover, Clinics, Long-term care, allied health professionals and more. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

45. Lord McColl - Conservative - was a paid a fee as a consultant to a new private healthcare company that provides a fee-paying rival to the National Health Service’s family doctor service.
Endeavour Health, which was set up by two hedge fund advisers, claims to be Britain’s first comprehensive GP network, offering access to the best doctors and the opportunity to beat NHS queues and have appointments at any time they want. Endeavour Health was founded last year by two financial advisers, Briton Yadin Shemmer and American Jonathan Weiss, to compete with the NHS. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6801270.ece- has since claimed no ties with the company. Voted loyally on the Health and Social care bill.

46. Lord Moore: Conservative - Shares in Johnson & Johnson, which supplies the NHS. Merck & Co inc (pharmaceuticals, Novartis AG (pharmaceuticals), which supplies the NHS. Shares in BT group, which is one of the largest suppliers of communications to the NHS. BT was involved in the failed NHS computer system overhaul. Shares in Vodaphone group: Vodaphone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodaphone UK as its communications partner. Has voted in only 14.53% of votes below average, but managed to vote on all the Health and Social Care ones.

47. Lord Naseby: Conservative - Was until October 2011 Chairman of and a share-holder in Invesco Perpetual Recovery Trust. Trust voluntarily wound down on October 27th 2011 - One fifth of their investments were in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

Quotes on bill: 

'I want to make it clear that I support the Bill. More importantly, I support the need for the Bill.'  
'Finally, competition is good for any industry...Competition gives people pride and responsibility.'



48. Lord Nash: (New) Conservative - In November 2009, John Nash made a donation of £21,000 to then shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, now Secretary of State for Health. Nash and his wife Caroline are regular Tory donors who have given £300,000 to the party since 2006. In August 2010 Nash was one of four City figures invited by UK chancellor George Osborne to join the HM Treasury Independent Challenge Group,

whose remit is to “question the unquestionable” in the Treasury's austerity drive.

Until 2010, Chairman of Care UK, one of the leading private healthcare providers in the UK – he sits on the free market board of the Centre for Policy Studies who have produced several papers on dismantling the NHS and turning it into a health insurance system. His wife Caroline has made significant donations, giving £172,500 to the Conservative Party between 2008 and 2010. At least Lord Nash didn’t vote on the bill as he was made a Peer in January 21st 2013. However, despite these interests, he would still be allowed to for any future bill that is on healthcare.

Lord Nash was also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms. Fellow founder Ryan Robson is another major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45. His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s “Leader’s Group”, a secretive cash-for-access club. Sovereign Capital also back several healthcare companies. He also has shares in Aviva who do private health insurance. See article on Lord Nash.

49. Lord Newton of Braintree
: (deceased) Conservative - Advisor to Oasis Healthcare on dentistry and general healthcare matters. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

50. Baroness Noakes - Conservative - Shares in BT Group (communications), which is one of the largest suppliers of communications to the NHS. BT was involved in the failed NHS computer system overhaul. Shares in Astrazeneca (Pharmaceuticals) - The NHS is the primary customer for Astrazeneca medicines in the UK. GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals) supplies the NHS. Vodaphone Group plc, Vodaphone produced a report by themselves, which showed how they can help drive efficiency in healthcare costs promoting the use of SMS texts which go via them and other mobile phone companies. South-Central ambulance service NHS trust have appointed Vodaphone UK as its communications partner. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.
Quotes on the bill: I hope that other noble Lords will not encourage the Government to keep any limits which constrain the NHS from maximising its assets for the purposes of the NHS.'

51. Lord Patten - Conservative -  Senior Advisor for Charterhouse Development  Capital Ltd - who purchased Tunstall for £510 Million in 2008. Tunstall are a Telecare provider. Tunstall provides services that allow the elderly to be able to be monitored remotely. Chief executive of Tunstall supported Andrew Lansley's bill. Following the takeover in 2008, Tunstall were awarded a three-year contract for services to NHS North Yorkshire and North. Tunstall have also been given a framework agreement to provide telecare, telehealth and telecoaching to NHS services, which forms part of Andrew Lansley's vision for developing telecare across the UK. The framework agreement began on 16th of August 2010. Has voted on 27.52% of votes in the Lords, below average amongst Lords. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill. 

52. Lord Patten of Barnes: Conservative - Adviser to private equity firm Bridgepoint. Has invested heavily in multiple private healthcare companies. Has voted on 7.54% of votes as a Lord but managed to vote on Health and Social Care bill. 

53. Lord Popat - Conservative - Founder of TLC group Ltd who run private care homes. Lord Popat gave David Cameron a donation as a gift for £25,000 a week after the Conservatives' unveiled their health 'reforms'. David Cameron made businessman a peer shortly after getting into ten Downing street. Voted on the Health and Social Care bill loyally.

54. Lord Ribeiro: Conservative - Adviser on hospital reorganisation to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). PWC is heavily involved in consultancy services to the NHS and gets paid for setting up contracts amongst many other services. Voted loyally on Health and Social care bill.

55. Viscount Ridley: Conservative – appointed February 8th 2013 – shares in Diageo plc (drinks) – (See Andrew Lansley) - Johnson & Johnson Inc (pharmaceuticals)

56. Lord Saatchi - A partner and shares in M&C Saatchi plc - a marketing company. Involved in multiple campaign projects for the governement including the Change4Life project aimed at promoting healthier living to tackle obesity. M&C Saatchi also worked for PPP healthcare, AXA insurance.  Saatchi have multiple pharmaceutical clients, including; Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck. There website says: 'We transform raw data about life-changing brands into real meaning for healthcare professionals.' Has voted in 15.33% of votes in the house - well below average. Voted on key parts of the Health and Social Care bill. 

57. Earl of Selborne: Shares in Prudential, which offers private health insurance. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

58. Lord Sheikh: Chairman and director of Macmillan Sheikh plc - insurance and financial services which offers private health insurance - voted loyally on Health and Social care bill. 

59. Lord Sheppard - Has shares in Diageo, a drinks company who have been awarded money to teach midwives in England and Wales on the dangers of alcohol. No, you can't make it up. Lansley used to hold a directorship at Profero who had Diageo as one of their clients. Didn't vote.

60. Lord Swinfen - Unpaid director of Swinfen Charitable Trust who have American Telemedicine Association as their partners for global crisis work using telehealth technology. Lord Swinfen is also an unpaid director of The American Telemedicine Association, which has multiple members who supply the NHS and private health care. The members according to the website: 'Play a special role in shaping the future of the telemedicine industry. The American Telemedicine Association has written a new legislative proposal to the American congress to expand the use of telemedicine. Telecare is expanding throughout the NHS as a way of treating people from home. These companies that are part of the American Telemedicine Association are set to benefit. Voted loyally on Health and Social Care bill. 

61. Lord Tugendhat - Conservative: Shares in MetLife, which is America's largest life insurance company also operates in the UK. It offers accident protection for clinical health care workers, to cover specified infectious illnesses contracted at work for those who work in the UK health care industry.It also offers health insurance. Set to benefit from the Health and Social Care bill. Has voted in 25.43% of votes in this House with this affiliation — below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip) - Voted loyally for the Health and Social Care bill. Supported large chunks of the bill, but spoke out against the top-down re-organisation.  
Quotes on the bill: 'The Government's mistake was to introduce a Bill that sought to impose a massive programme of management and structural change on top of an ambitious cost-cutting programme.' Declared his interest as chairman of the Imperial College healthcare trust, but not of his shareholdings in MetLife. Adviser to Trilantic Capital Partners, a private equity firm “active” in healthcare. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

62. Lord Wade
 - Director, unpaid of RisingStars Growth Fund Ltd an early stage venture capital company - The fund prefers to invest in amongst other sectors, healthcare. Rising Stars Growth Fund invests in multiple healthcare companies that supply the NHS. Has voted in 28.33% of votes in this House with this affiliation — below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip) Voted loyally.

63. Lord Wakeham: Conservative - Advisor to L.E.K. Consulting, which specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify "growth and new business development" and "opportunities with the government". Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

64. Lord Waldegrave
 - Tory Adviser, UBS Investment Bank UBS bank, whose healthcare division earned the firm over $1billion since 2005. Fellow Tory peer Lord Garel-Jones is MD of UBS bank. Has voted in 7.88% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip) - Voted in key votes on the Health and Social care bill.  Director of Biotech Growth Trust plc - which is managed by Orbimed. OrbiMed is the world's largest healthcare-dedicated investment firm, with approximately $5 billion in assets under management. Has just a 7.88% vote turnout, well below average but turned up to vote loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

65. Lord Wasserman - Conservative - Shares in Diageo plc a alcohol drinks company who have been awarded money to teach midwives in England and Wales on the dangers of alcohol. No, you can't make it up. Lansley used to hold a directorship at Profero who had Diageo as one of their clients. Shares in Johnson & Johnson Inc, which supplies the NHS. Shares in Procter & Gamble Co, which supplies the NHS. Walgreen Company - American pharmaceutical company. For more on Walgreens. The bill will give pharmaceuticals even more diverse healthcare providers to build relationships with. 
Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

66. Baroness Wheatcroft: Conservative: Business Consultant, DLA Piper (legal services) a global law firm providing lobbying services to “clients in the health and social care sectors”. DLA Piper, which advised ministers on the failed £12 billion IT project for the NHS. Member of the Advisory Board, Pelham Bell Pottinger (financial and corporate communications) - Bell Pottinger whose lobbying clients include Southern Cross, BT Health and AstraZeneca. For more on Pottinger see Lord Pottinger. Voted loyally on the Health and Social Care bill.

67. Lord Wolfson - Conservative - Shares in Cable & Wireless plc - Cable & Wireless solutions for the Health Sector are 'intended to meet all the communications requirements of the health service, from the largest Trusts to the smallest GP surgeries. Some offer special features, and the service levels are available exclusively to NHS customers.' The services have already been selected through the NHS procurement procedure. Voted on key amendments dates on the Health and Social Care bill.

68 . Lord Young - Lord Young is Director, shareholder and principal investor in TSSI security.  It supplies equipment to the MOD, the NHS, the General Medical Council, universities, pharmaceutical firms, banks and corporations. Its blue chip customer list includes the NHS with a NHS smartcard system. TSSI were responsible for the first ever electronic database of doctors. The NHS Occupational Health Smart Card Scheme (OHSC) was sponsored by the  Dept of Health and newly created NHS Employers in 2001.The scheme was expanded in 2005 to include graduating medical students and in 2006 trusts were able to update records without doctors having to present their smart cards. NHS Employers Guidance for doctors on Smart Cards:



TSSI clients include Ramsay Healthcare.

Chairman of Camcom Medical – which has moved into healthcare through medical manufacturing.

KYP Holdings ltd (Marketing) – Shareholdings - KYP is a global marketing company based in London, New York and China which only launched in 2005 but has major clients, some of which are in the healthcare industry. PR newswire statesKyp's approach is grounded in consumer psychology and refined by creating custom solutions for an impressive list of leading brands including Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca’. ‘Other shareholders participating included The Right Honorable Lord David Young of Graffham’.
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