The firm that hijacked the NHS: MoS investigation reveals extraordinary extent of international management consultant’s role in Lansley’s health reforms | Mail Online
A Mail on Sunday investigation, based on hundreds of official documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, has revealed the full extent of McKinsey’s myriad links to the controversial reforms
Many of the Bill’s proposals were drawn up by McKinsey and included in the legislation wholesale. One document says the firm has used its privileged access to ‘share information’ with its corporate clients – which include the world’s biggest private hospital firms – who are now set to bid for health service work.
One document says McKinsey has used its privileged access to ‘share information’ with its corporate clients – which include the world’s biggest private hospital firms – who are now set to bid for health service work
McKinsey’s involvement in the Bill is so great that its executives attend the meetings of the ‘Extraordinary NHS Management Board’ convened to implement it. Sometimes McKinsey even hosts these meetings at its UK headquarters in Jermyn Street, Central London.
The company is already benefiting from contracts worth undisclosed millions with GPs arising from the Bill. It has earned at least £13.8million from Government health policy since the Coalition took office – and the Bill opens up most of the current £106 billion NHS budget to the private sector, with much of it likely to go to McKinsey clients.
But Mr Bennett is not the only top official involved in the Bill to have enjoyed McKinsey’s hospitality. For example, McKinsey director Nicolaus Henke took Adrian Masters, another former executive with the company who is now Monitor’s director of strategy, and Stephen Hay, its chief operating officer, and their families to see Cirque du Soleil.
On another occasion, Mr Hay was McKinsey’s guest at a performance of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House. Mr Henke is also a member of a No 10 ‘kitchen cabinet’ which advises the Prime Minister on health policy. Its leader is Paul Bate – another former McKinsey executive. The ‘revolving door’ between McKinsey and the health service means that numerous former employees are already embedded in jobs which will be critical if the radical reforms are fully enacted