CONFLICTS OF INTEREST?
Monitor has conflicting roles says report (Health Service Journal: 13 June 2012)
There are “a number” of potential conflicts between Monitor’s new responsibilities to enable integrated healthcare and to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, a new report prepared for the regulator concedes.
It calls for Monitor to publish clear criteria for determining when efforts to coordinate the services patients receive from different NHS providers are likely to pose competition concerns.
NHS fairness tsar urged to quit by doctors over 'conflict of interest' following £799,000 payment for U.S. private health giant (The Mail Online: 4 March 2012)
The head of the NHS regulator that is meant to ensure fairness when private-sector firms bid for public contracts is also the chairman of a company whose Health Service business is worth £80 million a year – and set to increase massively as a result of the reforms. As the chairman of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), Lord Carter of Coles is paid £57,000 for two days’ work each week. But his other role, as chairman of the UK branch of the American healthcare firm McKesson, is more generously rewarded. Last year it paid him £799,000.
Ex Mckinsey director now CEO of Monitor (Monitor Press Release: 2 March 2010)
Dr David Bennett has been appointed Chief Executive of Monitor. Dr Bennett was the non-political Chief Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Head of the Policy Directorate and the Strategy Unit in 10 Downing Street. Before this role, David was a Director at McKinsey & Co. In his 18 years with McKinsey he served a wide range of companies in most industry sectors, but with a particular focus on regulated, technology-intensive industries.