Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The curious tale of Nadhim Zahawi and NHS Privatisation



Nadhim's connection with a company called Sthree tells a lot about why Privatisation is taking place.
Why is it that Tory MPs are so enthusiastic about NHS Privatisation? Considering that most experts on the NHS think privatisation is a total disaster, why would Conservative politicians have such a different view?

Well the curious tale of Nadhim Zahawi and his connections to NHS privatisation are a clue that helps to answer this question.

In 2011 there was a debate in the House of Commons about a piece of legislation called the "Health and Social care act." It was controversial as the bill included reforms that would mean private companies coming into health care and being able to make profit out of the NHS.

Many MPs had doubts but during the debate, Nadhim Zahawi made a passionate speech in support of the bill and even described it as a "brilliant piece of legislation."

After the passing of the bill a number of companies started to get contracts for various services within the NHS. One of these was a recruitment company by the name of "Sthree."

The Mirror reported in April 2014 that over a 10 month period, Sthree received contracts worth £2.6million. .

So to some up the process of privatisation here the following occured;
(a) Tory MPs suppored a bill which would bring in private companies into the NHS.
(b) The bill passed
(c) Companies, such as Sthree started to make profit from the NHS.

But what is so curious about Zahawi's connection to all of this.
Well Nadhim Zahawi just happens to be a director at Sthree and according to the Daily Mirror, he earns £2,917 a month for that job.

So in other words, his job as a politician lead to the company that he also works for making profit. Certainly if the BBC were to report on such a scandal in an African or Asian country, they would refer to this as corruption however as far as i am aware, the BBC have not used that term regarding this case.

Although it is not just Zahawi who works for or has connections with firms profiting out of NHS privatisation. A blog called "social investigations" found out that 63 Tory MPs and a few Labour and LibDems MPs also have such connections.

Judging intentions is always super hard and i am not saying that MPs support NHS privatisation purely because of their business interests. However i think we can all assume that those interests do have an influence and the only debate is how powerful is that influence.

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