Private firm linked to No 10 adviser handed NHS waiting lists contract

The Guardian reports that Rishi Sunak is facing questions over a possible conflict of interest after it emerged that a private healthcare firm handed a government contract to reduce regional NHS waiting lists is linked to a No 10 policy adviser.

Bill Morgan, a founding partner of the PR and lobbying firm Evoke Incisive Health (EIH), joined Downing Street as a health policy adviser last November to help drive through NHS efficiencies.

InHealth, a fee-paying client of EIH when Morgan was a founding partner, has since been awarded a contract as an independent sector-led diagnostic centre, to run the south-west network.

There are about 114 NHS diagnostic centres, with those run by private providers set to increase from four to 12. Five of the new centres in the south-west from Cornwall to Bristol will be run by InHealth, which was founded by a British entrepreneur, Ivan Bradbury.

Full story in The Guardian, 22 August 2023

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