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Only two ‘Scots’ MPs have personal income from private health companies, Liam Fox and Malcom Rifkind, but a staggering 68 English MPs, almost entirely Tories, have investments in health companies making serious money out of NHS England.
In year 2015/16 NHS England spent £7 billion on private services. NHS Scotland spent £78.5 million. So, with 10 times the population to care for, NHS England spent nearly 100 times as much on private care. In 2016/17, NHS Scotland spending on private care fell again, to £72 million. The NHS figure for 2016/17 is not available but is expected to have risen even further. Good news for those Tory MPs.
Making things even worse, those private care providers rated as inadequate by NHS England inspectors, typically spent 4.2% more per patient than those rated good. Where did that extra money go? To the shareholders who are often English (and 2 Scots) Tory MPS.
How do Scottish Tory MSPs feel about this? Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:
‘Listening to the SNP you would think private healthcare was an evil that isn’t welcome in Scotland. Yet now we see it spends millions every month using it to help out the NHS.’
Bad SNP – not wasting enough money on poor private health care companies and their shareholders!
Footnote: Liam Fox and Malcom Rifkind. Today’s competition is to describe them in as many adjectives as you like.