4 February 2015
In a speech at Steatham Library last night [Tuesday], Green Party candidate Jonathan Bartley urged Streatham Labour MP Chuka Umunna to stop taking donations from PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC), a company embroiled in, and profiting from, privatisation of the NHS.
The comments came at the launch of an exhibition at Streatham Library, organised by Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public. The exhibition tracks the privatisation of the NHS through successive Labour and Conservative Governments, and highlights the vested interests involved.
A few years ago the South London Healthcare Trust paid PwC nearly half a million pounds for ultimately unsuccessful advice on how to survive a financial crisis caused in part by crippling debts, following Private Finance Initiatives introduced by Labour.
PwC claim to have “acted on more privatisations than any other financial adviser, from steel and heavy manufacturing to utilities, public transport, health and education services.”
Streatham Labour MP Chuka Umunna has received almost £170,000 worth of donations from PwC, according to the House of Commons register of MPs interests. (1)
Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Streatham Jonathan Bartley said: “PWC are making millions out of their involvement in the privatisation of the NHS. All MPs receiving donations from PricewaterhouseCoopers must be challenged and that includes the MP for Streatham who has received donations worth around £170,000.
“As long as money from firms profiting from the privatisation of the NHS is at the heart of Westminster politics the NHS will continue to be under threat. With Labour desperately trying to cosy up to big business, it is little wonder that the party is proposing nothing that would reverse the privatisation of the NHS which it pushed forward in Government.”
(1) For full details of donations received see: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=24950 Total value of donations from PwC: £169,415 This is made up of: £32.050 for placement of staff in Mr Umunna’s office between June and September 2014, assistant/analyst for 2.5 days a week from 8 October 2012 until 31 January 2013; value £25,162.50, Services of a research assistant from 16 September 2013 to 17 January 2014, with a total value of £31,500, services of a research assistant/analyst for 4 days a week from 7 October 2011 to 23 December 2011 with a value £30,000, assistant/analyst for 2.5 days a week from 8 October 2012 until 13 January 2013; value £20,702.50, research assistant/analyst for 4 days a week from 7 October 2011 to 23 December 2011 value £30,000