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David Cameron squirms on GMTV over new Two Faced Tory NHS claim

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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009

Tory leader David Cameron squirming on GMTV after being asked by Emma Crosby about his shadow health minister Lord McColl being paid as Non-Executive Chairman of a private health firm charging GP consultations at £100 a time.

Story from the Times below:

The Shadow Health Minister, Lord McColl, is a paid consultant to a new private healthcare company that provides a fee-paying rival to the National Health Services family doctor service.

Endeavour Health, which was set up by two hedge fund advisers, claims to be Britains first comprehensive GP network, offering access to the best doctors and the opportunity to beat NHS queues and have appointments at any time they want.

Lord McColls involvement with a private healthcare provider highlights the strains within the Conservative Party, which is trying to present itself as a champion of the NHS while also maintaining its traditional links with the industry.

David Cameron has been forced to reiterate his commitment to a free health service after the prominent Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan described the NHS as a 60-year mistake that he wouldnt wish on anyone.


Mr Camerons office said he had been unaware of Lord McColls role with the private GP network. Sources close to Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Health Secretary, said that the peer had never raised the issue with his colleagues in the health team.

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