Alan Milburn

Former health secretary Alan Milburn yesterday:

“You’ve got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign. Maybe it will have the same outcome, I don’t know. But it would be a fatal mistake for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the NHS but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming it.”

What kind of reform could Milburn possibly have in mind? In answering that question, perhaps we might find his current roles instructive:

  • Chair of the European Advisory Board for Bridgepoint Capital, owners of Care UK
  • Chair of PwC’s UK Health Industry Oversight Board
  • Adviser and a Member of the Healthcare Advisory Panel at Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd
  • Member of Strategic Advisory Board at WellDoc, Inc
  • Chairman of iWantGreatCare

The proceeds from these sinecures are believed to be channelled through AM Strategy Ltd, a firm set up while he was still an MP and is co-owned with his partner, an NHS doctor. The firm was described on his final register of members’ interests entry as “established … to undertake media/consultancy work” and the last accounts show £1.76m in cash (up 35%) as part of total assets of £2.42m (up 50%).

So was his election intervention yeseterday as a former Labour MP and health secretary or on behalf of his current employers: vested interests in the health industry?

  1. What? All leftists are hypocrites? Every single one? Even Dennis Skinner? And not one single ‘rightist’ is a hypocrite? Wow; its going to be really difficult to argue against that logic.

  2. Eddie (above) & Leftsts R Hyppocrites appear to have failed to understand the difference between ‘Greedy Bastards’ and ‘lefties’ or ‘sociists’.
    Milburn isn’t a socialist or a leftist – he’s a Blairite which means he’s a tory and a greedy bastard.

  3. No-one can be such a hypocrite as a certain David Cameron, a failed PR and marketing man, who claims to be protecting the NHS while asset-stripping it for his rich mates and party donors.

  4. Martin,
    So if Blair was a Tory, that means that there hasn’t been a socialist government since 1979. Doesn’t that tell you something about the popularity of socialism?

  5. Re NHS privatisation.
    Until I joined the NHS about 10 years ago, I didn’t realise how much of it was privatised.

    For instance, GPs, pharmacists, dentists and opticians are nearly all private companies, and always have been. People in work normally have to pay something towards prescriptions, spectacles and dentistry. So why this hysteria over privatising the NHS when big chunks of it have always been private, and have to be paid for?

  6. I distinctly remember Mr Milburn advocating strenuously that his labour government copy Clinton and encourage lending money to sub prime borrowers. They did. That worked out well then.
    He is an useless.

  7. Privatisation has been dramatically speeded up over the last couple of years – largely to reward Tory donors and for barmy ideological reasons. There’s no logic to it. It’s just another swindle by the elite to enrich themselves (eg Milburn).

    The Circle hospital fiasco is a good example of what a disaster it is, and there are plenty of other examples. Most importantly, we don’t want to drift towards a U.S. system. There are already a lot of right wingers saying there is no alternative to paying for GP and hospital visits. All nonsense of course.

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