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Step back from the NHS, Tory boy

Issue No. 2249

A doctor who runs a sparsely-supported campaign in support of the government’s health “reforms” has been revealed as a leading Tory—and the head of a body that expects to profit from the changes.

Dr Jonathan Munday, the former Conservative mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, is leading an operation to rescue Andrew Lansley’s health bill.

He also runs a GP commissioning consortia, Victoria, found in the new NHS “cluster” of north west London.

In a leaked email, he told the heads of GP consortia that the political climate against reforms is “getting worse by the day”.

“I am now getting seriously worried that the political pressure on Lansley is such that the government may abort GP commissioning entirely or, almost worse, may so water it down and constrain it so that GP consortia will have the worst of all worlds—a lot of effort, political responsibility for any cuts but no ability to wrest initiatives or make needed reforms,” he moaned.

Munday’s website lists “conservative politics” and “freemasonry” among his interests.

He has a Latin motto under his personal coat of arms—“Non Angelus sed Anglus”, which apparently translates as, “No Angel but at least I’m English”.

A valuable attribute for any GP, I’m sure.


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Tue 26 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2249
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