Lansley-favoured private provider sold kidneys on the black market

A healthcare corporation poised to cash-in on Andrew Lansley’s Health Bill operated an illegal organ donation syndicate, according to a new report. General Healthcare Group (GHG) is the British arm of health giant Netcare, who were found guility of operating a black market transplantation scheme which moved organs from impoverished Romanians and Brazilians to wealthy Israelis.

With a charge sheet almost as long as the list of Health Bill opponents, Netcare were fined £704,000 after trousering profits of more than £300,000 from the illegal scheme, in which documents were forged to make “donors” appear related to organ recipients. A suspected 109 illegal transplants took place between 2001 and 2003, with the court case finally concluding in 2010.

The scandal is highlighted in a report from the NHS Support Federation, which exposes the business backgrounds of the five-member Private Hospitals Alliance. The publication also reveals:

  • HCA International, an American company, have been prosecuted for defrauding federal health care programmes, in a case that turned out to be the largest incidence of fraud against U.S. Medicare.
  • Ramsey Health are partially owned by JP Morgan, HSBC, UBS and Citicorps. And in 2011, company CEO Jill Watts told the Public Accounts Committee that Ramsey Health would have no problem closing a failing business.
  • Spire has publicly claimed that it expects to boom as a consequence of the Government’s NHS spending cuts.

Naturally, GHG chair Sir Peter Gershon was recruited by the Tories prior to the 2010 election to be one of Cameron’s  “independent efficiency experts” who earmarked £12 billion in health cuts.

One Comment

  1. M Baggett says:

    People who need money will do most anything! I too am desperate, I wouold sell my Kidney tommorrow if I could. Times have really been bad the last few years. I lost everything including my family. I need money I need at least a $35000 DONATION for mine. I understand people why people do it

  2. [...] Now we start delving into areas that will need a bit more work to put properly into context, require more understanding of how competition and private contracts might work, but, since we’re just looking at alarm bells perhaps we should consider this. It is being alleged, in several places, that a company which may end up profiting from NHS contracts has admitted illegally selling kidneys. The Daily Mirror article from Nov 2011  and a more recent piece from Political Scrapbook. [...]

  3. [...] Target 4. The Private Hospitals Alliance. See their website here. Why are they a target? Amongst other things, see the PHA page here, and the Political Scrapbook article here. [...]

  4. [...] It’s a damning picture so far. Lansley clearly admires the US healthcare model so much that he wants to adopt something similar here. Private healthcare providers advise the Tories on health strategy and ‘efficiencies’, including Sir Peter Gershon, the chairman of GHG, a UK subsidiary of a US healthcare company that was fined for illegally trafficking human organs and which is part of the ‘Private Hospitals Alliance’. (http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/02/general-healthcare-group-nhs-kidney-scandal/) [...]

  5. [...] A couple of things have happened since I wrote this. Firstly, Political Scrapbook found out that General Healthcare Group (GHG), a company that was poised to cash in on the Health [...]

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