The Daily Expose can today reveal that a number of MP’s are receiving large donations and earning thousands of pounds from links to the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Our investigation has found dozens of examples of MP’s receiving large payments from private healthcare firms, social care providers and pharmaceutical corporations.
The information has been obtained from the House of Commons Register of Member’s Financial Interests.
Examples include current UK health secretary Matt Hancock, who received a £10,000 donation for his leadership campaign bid last year from Wol Kolade, head of Livingbridge private equity firm that owns Vanguard Healthcare, which provides mobile facilities such as operating theatres and wards.
Hancock’s predecessor as health secretary Jeremy Hunt received a donation of £20,000 in June last year from Mustafa Mohammed, the owner of Genix Healthcare, a private dental care provider. The records also show Sir Iain Duncan Smith has an ongoing position since March 2018 as a member of the international advisory board of Tunstall Health Group, a digital healthcare group.
The former work and pensions secretary, who receives £20,000 a year in quarterly instalments for up to 30 hours a year, says the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA) was consulted.
Former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell (below), the MP for Sutton Coldfield who was at the centre of the “plebgate” row in 2012, received £30,000 a year as a senior adviser to UK Global Health Care Ltd – which is involved in hospital activities – for five days work. The role was listed from July 1, 2017, and suspended in March last year.
Other Conservative MPs have links to pharmaceutical firms, the register shows. This includes Steve Brine (below), MP for Winchester, who is listed as an event speaker for Sigma pharmaceuticals company, receiving £1667 a month for up to 16 hours of “speeches, networking and Q&A sessions”. He is also a strategic adviser to Remedium Partners, a healthcare recruitment firm, working on an “ad-hoc basis” at a rate of £800 a day. Brine states in the register he consulted ACoBA about both of the appointments.
Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire, is the director of firm Ringshall Ltd whose clients include pharmaceutical company PepTcell Ltd. In return for four days work a year as a non-executive director, Ringshall Ltd receives share options valued at £20,000, plus there is another £20,000 of share options for four days of strategic consultancy.
The list also shows others have links to social care providers, such as MP for Wolverhampton West Stuart Anderson, who registered £5000 from Sevacare (UK) Ltd in January, and Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris, who received a £10,000 donation from Carlton Care Homes Ltd in September last year.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson received £3000 from St Philips Care Caledonia Ltd in November, while Waveney MP Peter Aldous registered a donation of £2000 to the General Election Fighting Fund from Althea Healthcare Properties.
Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, registered a £10,000 donation in January from Advinia Health Care, which operates care homes. He told the Sunday National: “They are based in my constituency and the owners are personal friends.”
The UK Government has stated the NHS will “never be for sale” to the private sector.
The Daily Expose would argue that it is already under way.