19 January 2011

As Lansley launches NHS 'reforms', Mirror exposes Hammersmith Tories' £50,000 link to private healthcare millionaire

Today's Mirror reveals "private health firms set to cash in on Conservative plans to rip apart the NHS".

One name will be very familiar to the Hammersmith Conservative Party. According to the Mirror, hedge fund boss John Nash and his wife Caroline "gave £203,500 to the [national] party over the past five years. The cash included £21,000 which was given directly to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to bankroll his office before the Conservatives took power."

Our own investigations reveal that Hammersmith Tories have also benefited from Mrs Nash's generosity to the tune of £50,000 since 2007.

The Mirror says, "The City tycoon was chairman of Care UK, which makes most of its money from the NHS, when most of the donations were made. Mr Nash continued to work as a consultant to the firm, which provides walk-in centres, GP surgeries and other specialist services, after selling his majority stake to a private equity firm last year. The 'hedgie' is also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms."

The paper adds, "Our startling findings come as ministers today unveil destructive reforms which experts fear will set the NHS on an unavoidable path to privatisation. Not for the first time, it casts major doubts over the Prime Minister’s pledge before the election that the NHS was safe in Tory hands."

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