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Tories make healthy profits

Issue No. 2212

The Conservatives have plenty of pals in the private healthcare industry – that’s plain to see from the list of people who funded the Tory election campaign.

Ryan Robson is the boss and founder of Sovereign Capital, which calls itself “the most active UK private equity investor in healthcare services”.

He buys and sells companies that deliver public services. And he has handed the Tories £220,000 in the last three years.

John Nash, chair of Care UK, which runs contracted-out treatment centres, donated over £100,000 together with his wife Caroline.

Some £21,000 of this money went directly to fund the office of current health secretary Andrew Lansley.

Care UK now makes 96 percent of its money from the NHS.

And John Singer, who runs Advent International – owners of private hospital operators Independent Care Ltd and Craegmoor Healthcare – forked out over £104,000 to the Tories.

These are some of the vultures circling over the NHS. The Tories will make sure they all get their cash back a hundredfold – unless we stop them in their tracks.

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