Exposed: Lansley’s NHS reform cheerleaders

Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch exposes the anti-NHS, linked-to-private-health-companies individuals who've taken to the airwaves today to defend the government's NHS reforms.

Obscene company: David Cameron poses with the unspeakable Helen Evans

By Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch

Just as yesterday the British Medical Society urged Andrew Lansley to scrap ‘top-down reforms’ of the NHS, today we see the government’s champions hit the airwaves. Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show this lunchtime featured two such champions, one introduced as a GP, the other a ‘health expert’.

The former, Dr Paul Charlson, is indeed a GP in favour of Lansley’s reforms. He also runs a private centre which specialises in cosmetic anti-aging treatments (Botox), not typical of most GPs. Charlson is also spokesperson for a lobby group called Doctors for Reform, which is supported by the free-market think tank, Reform. Funding for Reform has come from the UK’s largest private hospital group – General Healthcare Group – and other private health companies set to benefit from Lansley’s reforms.

Vine’s ‘health expert’ was Dr Helen Evans, director of Nurses for Reform. Its funding is more opaque, but it does have ties to many free-market think tanks that favour privatisation. These include the Adam Smith Institute and the Centre for Policy Studies, a think tank that promotes “the opening up [of] state monopolies” in health.


Evans has labelled the NHS a:

“Stalinist, nationalised abhorrence.”

And written:

“Britain can do musch [sic] better without its so called ‘principals’ [sic].”

As the criticism of the NHS reforms gets louder, expect to hear more from these two.

47 Responses to “Exposed: Lansley’s NHS reform cheerleaders”

  1. Hhaylo

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  2. isla dowds

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  3. Northern TUC

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  8. Hens4Freedom

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  9. Brooke Casey

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  10. Mike Cameron

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  11. Mike Jenkins

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  15. Teresa

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  16. Roberta Smith

    GPs have been on gravy train of perks from the vast salesforce of big pharma -taking perks in order to use whatever companies brand of a drug-thats hardly independent healthcare-indeed its downright scary – think SEROXAT – at least these changes will make the money and perks GPs get more transparent – more honest

  17. Alex

    The NHS is a stalinist horror – and an expensive one. Not accountable to patients, overstreched due to immigration and expenditure on people who don’t look after themselves. A little bit of competition should be encouraged.

  18. Stephen Lintott

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  19. Matthew Houlihan

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  20. Cath C

    Don’t think the proposed changes are going to make anything more transparent. We’re gradually going to end up with more and more private companies having a monopoly over services and resources which seems ominous to say the least. Also, GP consortia trying to spend as little as possible and bidding for patients will surely disadvantage children, elderly, those with multiple medical problems. Try not to tar everyone with the same brush in your criticisms, most GPs nowadays prescribe from an evidence based formulary of medications that are deemed to be most cost-effective, though sure maybe this hasn’t always been the case.

    As for comments about NHS being a stalinist horror, I think you might be being a little melodramatic there! It certainly isn’t perfect, we could do better, look at France for example, but it does score highly in opinion polls.
    Are you proposing that we stop spending money on immigrants and ‘people who don’t look after themselves’? Sounds worryingly fascist to me.

    Private healthcare is fine for a straightforward investigation/procedure until something goes wrong when you will be sent back to the NHS who will then have to clean up the mess.

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  23. Henry

    The NHS is a lot less expensive – however you calculate it – than the ‘competitive’ American system.

  24. john merton

    We must fight with all our might

  25. Paul Gleeson

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  35. Mr. Sensible

    Roberta, according to the Guardian this morning GPs could double their income under these proposals.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/15/nhs-reforms-gps-double-income

    The government’s proposals are in a mess.

  36. Alan Marshall

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  37. Liz

    From my experience many GPs are very capable exert pressure on their patients,especially those who are under the care of a hospital team. In an effort to persuade them to be blood tested in the GP surgery,rather than in the local hospital, they can withhold prescription meds, on the grounds that they don’t have blood test results. In any event they can, and do, deregister any patients who prove too expensive or inconvenient. Better not to further empower GPs, I feel.

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