“An £80 million contract to run cancer scans for the NHS has been given to a private health firm with a Tory MP on their board, despite a rival NHS consortium allegedly offering to carry out the work for £7 million less.”
I cannot imagine that having Malcolm Rifkind MP on the board of Alliance Medical had anything to do with them winning the bid. Just like the NHS bid being £7 million cheaper had anything to do with them losing the bid.
There must have been some other reason Alliance Medical won the bid. I wonder what it was?
Whatever it is, I’ll probably not understand it, and I shouldn’t really worry myself too much about these things. The Government know what they’re doing, and I’m sure we can all trust them to do their very best for us.
I can report that Ian Syme, coördinator of North Staffordshire Healthwatch, said, “There’s little or no openness or transparency in these tendering processes, no public debate, no meaningful public scrutiny. Ask for details and you get obstructed by the ‘commercial confidentiality’ excuse.”
And a spokesperson for Alliance Medical, but not Malcolm Rifkind MP, said, “the process has been open and transparent from day one” and that the company is “delighted to be successful” in winning the contract.
Hang on a minute, someone is not being open and transparent about “openness and transparency”.
Anyway, the important thing is that Malcolm gets £60,000 for sitting on the board according to public records. He’d probably get more if he stood up but he’s probably decided he should save the tax payer some money by just sitting down.
If anyone is interested I sit down on anything, and I do it for nothing. If you want to pay me to sit on any boards, or planks, I’m available.