David Cameron has claimed he had “never heard of” controversial health adviser Mark Britnell — despite the fact that Britnell was previously the most senior official overseeing NHS services for his constituency of Witney. The prime minister was attempting to distance himself from remarks that the NHS would be “shown no mercy” in its privatisation after Scrapbook’s coverage of the comments went viral last week.
At Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Cameron told MPs:
“I’ve never heard about this person in my life.”
Mockingly, he then claimed he had “done some research” which linked the then senior NHS manager to the previous government:
“He was appointed by Labour to one of the ten Strategic Health Authorities set up by Labour.”
Shamingly for Cameron, the health authority in question was South Central, which covers his own constituency of Witney. Britnell was appointed as the authority’s first ever chief executive when it was set up in 2006. If Cameron ignored this significant re-organisation of the NHS in Oxfordshire, he must surely have heard of Britnell as a key player in efforts to build a new hospital in his constituency, meetings for which he attended in person?
The Prime Minister is either lying or neglectful of his constituency.