Sunday, May 15, 2011
David Cameron's KPMG adviser : NHS reform offers a ’big opportunity’ for capital to make profits
The Guardian reports:
A senior adviser to David Cameron says the NHS could be improved by charging patients and will be transformed into a "state insurance provider, not a state deliverer" of care.
Mark Britnell, who was appointed to a "kitchen cabinet" advising the prime minister on reforming the NHS, told a conference of executives from the private sector that future reforms would show "no mercy" to the NHS and offer a "big opportunity" to the for-profit sector.
Britnell, a former director of commissioning for the NHS, who is now head of health at the accountancy giant KPMG, was invited to join a group of senior health policy experts, described by the respected Health Studies Journal as a "kitchen cabinet", in Downing Street earlier this month.
......In unguarded comments at a conference in New York organised by the private equity company Apax, Britnell claimed that the next two years in the UK would provide a "big opportunity" for the for-profit sector, and that the NHS would ultimately end up as a financier of care similar to an insurance company rather than a provider of hospitals and staff.
You can read more here.
Allowing the NHS to be ripped apart by profit-hungry private companies is of course what the Lansley ‘reforms’ are all about. Only the government has to pretend that it’s ‘reforming’ the NHS in order to ‘improve it’.