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.... read more


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... read more


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.... read more


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Examples of reported conflicts (by company)

GHG Chairman advises Conservatives on public sector savings which may benefit his company


Conservative peer Lord Patten advisor to Bridgepoint Capital, owner of Care UK

Care UK 

Care UK founder, John Nash and wife donate over £200,000 to Conservative Party

Harmoni (Care UK)

NHS fairness tsar urged to quit by doctors over 'conflict of interest'


 - American consultancy McKinsey in conflict-of-interest row

 - The firm that hijacked the NHS


Two Conservative and two Labour peers have shares in Serco


Jeremy Hunt personally intervenes to encourage Virgin takeover of NHS hospitals


Spire employs former Department of Health employee and former Health Secretary


Recent reports:

Private Health Lobbying

How private for-profit healthcare companies have lobbied and influenced government policy, in order to try and gain greater access to the £100bn NHS budget.

MPs and Lords Financial Interests in Healthcare

Analysis of financial interests MPs and Lords may have in private healthcare, these may include business investments, advisory positions and/or monetary donations.


"If conflicts of interest in CCGs are not managed effectively, the consequences could badly undermine the confidence of regulators, providers and, most importantly, patients, in the system."

Clare Gerada  Royal College of GPs March 2013


Lessons from the US?

Cherry-picking patients leaves sour taste

Medical professionalism in a commercialized health care market


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