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Government’s ‘clear agenda to increasingly privatise and commercialise the NHS’ condemned

A new party, co-founded by two doctors – former MP Richard Taylor and oncologist Dr Clive Peedell – with virtually no public awareness, no media coverage, and no money, resources or local party infrastructure, gained quite a good result in the recent elections.

Dr Clive Peedell (left) and Dr Richard Taylor

Dr Clive Peedell (left) and Dr Richard Taylor

The National Health Action Party (NHAP) – set up to defend the NHS and its values – polled 23,253 votes, coming 9th out of 17 parties in a very crowded field in London’s Euro election. Local election candidates around the country on average polled 20% more than the Lib Dems, 50% more than the Greens and took almost 20% of the Labour vote, gaining an average of 6% of the total vote.


NHAP condemns this government’sclear agenda to increasingly privatise and commercialise the NHS’.

Promoting this agenda, they write, the BBC and the Daily Telegraph revealed their allegiance today with ‘sickening’ headlines about the sad death of a baby from a contaminated drip.

telegraph headlines baby drips

Though the food was manufactured and supplied by ITH Pharma Limited, a private pharmaceutical company, the Telegraph used this distressing story as an excuse to attack the NHS, with its headline: “15 babies poisoned by NHS drips”. This afternoon the BBC website declared: “Three new baby NHS poisoning cases”.

After a storm of protest on twitter, both organisations changed their headlines. NHAP co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell, is making formal complaints to both the Press Complaints Commission and the BBC.

Two months ago, it was also revealed that the private healthcare firm Bupa was bribing their patients to use NHS services in order to maximise the company’s profit. Yet this scandal received only limited attention in our partisan media.

NHAP is thinking seriously about the most effective way to make more people aware they exist and to build on this positive start in the recent elections. They hope to ensure that the tens of thousands of Londoners who have publicly declared they are seriously concerned about running down and selling off the NHS grows to hundreds of thousands and then millions around the country.

Verdict: the BOI’s recording of Bell Pottinger was in the public interest


PCU thought enough had been said here about this prince of lobbyists – see the eight posts listed below, especially the one asking if the latest revelations would be quickly forgotten and fearing they would.

We can now report their resurrection, due to a ham-fisted move by Bell Pottinger itself, hoping to muzzle the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and those who publish its reports.

Bell Pottinger complained to the Press Complaints Commission – through Carter-Ruck solicitors – that a series of articles produced by the Bureau, published in the Independent last December, had been based on information obtained through subterfuge. The establishment’s PR firm claimed that the material was not of sufficient public interest to merit the Bureau’s undercover investigation.

However the PCC found that there was indeed a ‘broad public interest in exploring the relationship between lobbying and politics’ and that it would not have been possible to obtain details of the techniques used to represent tainted regimes through other means.


PCU’s Bell Pottinger Roll of Dishonour


Open letter to David Cameron on lobbying   –  December 10th, 2011

Wikipedia investigates Bell Pottinger-related accounts  – December 8th, 2011

‘Shock, horror’? Bell-Pottinger’s influence over government is in the news . . .  – December 6th, 2011

The corporate political nexus: no change! – February 7th, 2011

Lobbies campaign to extend growing of GM crops – to feed the world or to boost falling profits? – July 28th, 2010

Building public confidence in the lobbying industry – by self regulation?  – July 12th, 2010

Liberal Democrats: beware lobbyists!  – June 2nd, 2010

The chairman of PR firm Bell Pottinger defends its policy . . .  – February 25th, 2010


David Cameron should make good his promise to monitor and curb such lobbying