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NHS FOI

NHS FOI

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Published by Andy Slaughter
Conflict of Interests questions
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Published by: Andy Slaughter on Dec 23, 2012
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 Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for HammersmithShadow Minister for Justice House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA020 7219 6052 Dr Anne RainsberryChief ExecutiveNHS North West LondonSouthside105 Victoria StreetLONDONSW1E 6QT20 December 2012Dear Dr Rainsberry,You replied to my email of 10 November on 6 December, but failed to answer the questions I raisedtherein. You gave no adequate explanation for the delay or the refusal to deal with what are verysignificant matters that are subject to daily comment in the national press. I attach some recentarticles in case you have missed these.Family sues out-of-hours GP provider and nurse over death liability (Guardian 17 December)Harmoni out-of-hours GP service putting patients at risk, say doctors (Guardian 17 December)Former Harmoni clinician warns of 'dangerous' pressure on appointments (Guardian 18 December)Healthcare sell-off makes GPs millions (Guardian 9 November)
 (Independent 25 March)38Degrees is using the Whittington case to promote its petition,which has attracted over 50,000signatures.It is simply not good enough to say members of NHS NWL, the CCG or PCT boards can declareinterests in private companies, absent themselves from decisions, and otherwise carry on as normal.As the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has sa
id: ‘it is not a
bout excluding yourself from the room whenever there is a discussion; it is about how it will drive your decision-making
overall”.
 The current changes in NHS NWL mean the following:1.
 
A shift in funding from hospital to primary care.2.
 
A greater involvement of private companies in the primary care sector.3.
 
An opportunity for those companies to increase their profits by cutting back on the level of service offered.If senior decision makers in the NHS have financial interests in those companies there will inevitablybe conflicts of interest which are fatal to their ability to make independent choices in the interests of patients.However, even the limited information which you should make available is not supplied on the
Register of Member’s in
terest forms. This is incomplete or absent in many cases. The forms ask for

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