Clash of interests at NHS

The Health Secretary has just set up new NHS department called NHSX, a unit for “digital transformation in the NHS” which will “ combine the best talent from government, NHS and industry”.

This should set off alarm bells.

New Labour tried something similar, inviting tech companies into the NHS only to waste £12 billion. Clashes of interest need to be avoided. Current signs are not good. Last November they set up the ‘Healthtech Advisory Board’. Who is on it? Nicola Blackwood who was a Health Minister in government until she lost her seat in the 2017 election. Now she works as ‘senior adviser’ to several commercial companies in the health field all anxious to get or keep nice contracts with the NHS. In spite of this work for these companies she now gets appointed to a government body which is to advise on future direction in this field.

post by Eric Walker, SCGP Membership Secretary