"Lynton Crosby firm ‘advised private healthcare providers’."


Article extract:

"The lobbying firm founded by election guru Lynton Crosby is reported to have advised private healthcare providers on how to exploit failings in the NHS..."

"...Crosby Textor advised an umbrella group of private healthcare providers on how to exploit perceived “failings”, according to a leaked document obtained by the Guardian.

The newspaper published extracts from a slideshow presentation produced for the H5 Private Healthcare Alliance, which stated that people believe the NHS provides good healthcare, though they believe it is “too bureaucratic with long waiting lists”.

Crosby Textor advised its client that 63 per cent of those questioned in a poll conducted for the presentation believed that “going private frees up the NHS waiting list”.

Although the lobbying links pre-dated Mr Cameron hiring Mr Crosby, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham claimed there was a “shocking conflict of interest” at the heart of his administration.

The Guardian said the presentation was made by Crosby Textor, known as CTF Partners in Britain, towards the end of 2010, just months before the health and social care bill was given its second reading in the House of Commons in January 2011."

Link: https://www.channel4.com/news/lynton-crosby-david-cameron-nhs-reforms
Publication: Channel 4
Publication date: 22 Jul 2013

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