Rifkind firm awarded NHS contract despite charging £7 million more than NHS

This is far from being the first time this has happened. Private Eye in their ‘In the Back’ column has numerous examples of private firms being awarded NHS contracts, despite charging much more than the local NHS trust. And Rifkind is certainly not the only Tory MP with a post working for a private medical firm: there are about 92 Tory and Lib Dem MPs working for such companies, and who stand to gain materially from the NHS’ privatisation. See the lists published by Mike over at Vox Political, and the Angry Yorkshireman. Once again the Tories prove the truth of their nicknames ‘the Self-Servatives’. And they are very definitely for the ‘privileged few’.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Cameron government!)

The Cameron government has awarded an £80 million NHS contract to a private firm despite the company charging taxpayers £7 million more than an NHS consortium bidding against it:

Stoke NHS hospital scanning contract won by private firm

The government, however, hasn’t said why the firm – Alliance Medical Group – won the contract despite its bid being so much more expensive.

That’s because the bidding process was for some reason secret.

Ian Syme, co-ordinator of pressure group North Staffordshire, said of the awarding of the contract:

This whole process has been shrouded in secrecy. We don’t even know who – expert adviser or public representative – were on the panel.

This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that a director of the firm is none other than disgraced ‘cash for access‘ Tory MP Malcolm Rifkind.


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One Response to “Rifkind firm awarded NHS contract despite charging £7 million more than NHS”

  1. Jeffery Davies Says:

    It was never about saving monies only redirecting it to themselves jeff3

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