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Charity boss lobbied Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over NHS privatisation, documents show

Charity boss lobbied Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over NHS privatisation, documents show

A charity boss who got members of his organisation to help pay for his birthday party at the House of Lords has been lobbying the Health Secretary for measures that would increase privatisation in the NHS, documents show.

Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo), urged Jeremy Hunt not to water down regulations that would encourage more private companies into the NHS. The regulations, drawn up as part of the Health and Social Care Act, which came into force in April, require local health bosses to put almost all services out to tender. When the reforms ran into opposition there were reports that they might be watered down.

But Sir Stephen, together with David Worskett,  director of the private healthcare group NHS Partners Network, wrote to Mr Hunt urging him to keep them as they were.

Andrew Robertson, who was given the letter under Freedom of Information rules, for his Social Investigations blog, accused Sir Stephen of “walking hand-in-hand with private healthcare business.” Read more

Emily Dugan | The Independent |  14th August 2013

Mervyn King given £26,000-worth of parties and presents on leaving Bank of England

The Bank of England spent more than £26,000 on presents and leaving parties for former governor Mervyn King, it has been disclosed.

Lord King was presented with a £10,000 copy of a painting of himself, a £2,505 replica bust of German writer Johann von Goethe and a silver napkin ring costing £597.

The information emerged following a freedom of information request from MSN UK, the online news website, with the Bank insisting the gift of the silver napkin ring is normal for all departing senior directors. Read more

Peter Dominiczak | The Daily Telegraph | 14th August 2013

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