Is recent UK Care Home Fraud case similar to multimillion dollar USA fraud perpetrated by Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England?


The following story about overcharging at private care homes appeared on page 2 of yesterday’s Daily Mail:

This story has many similarities to  the US Department of Justice’s investigation into US Health Insurer United Health’s pilfering of the American public purse in its Medicaid programme.

The man who ran the Medicaid programme when UnitedHealth allegedly overcharged the American taxpayer by multimillion dollar was Simon Stevens – current head of NHS England.

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Stevens was :


Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare

Dates Employed2006 – 2009

Employment Duration: 3 yrs

Location: USA

America’s leading seniors health company, with $30 billion revenues and serving one-in-five Medicare beneficiaries nationwide in partnership with AARP – the world’s largest voluntary organization. Launched the largest Medicare Part D benefits plan, also managing the largest Medicare-focused PBM.

If Simon Stevens knew about the fraud case – did he declare it?

And can he be trusted to look after the NHS?

TEFL in London

Going round the room this morning I asked people where they were from.

Krys, from Poland, said he had lived in South America for 24 years. I asked him if he was an Engineer.

“No, I am a missionary.”

Christ, I thought.

“Does that make you a Catholic Priest?”

“Yes. I have been here in London for three weeks. I will work here now. Mainly with people from Latin America.”

I told him about a friend who got into Voodoo in Brazil – with some Christianity and Shamanism thrown in.

Krys says Voodoo is just one of a whole family of similar religions.

We discussed Ayuhuasca. I asked some of the women in the room if they would consider giving it all up and moving to the forest. There wasn’t too much interest.

Next to Krys was Ana Lucia. She’s from near Milan and is off to South Sudan to help with the famine. Krys told me that Ana Lucia used to live in Brazil too. They were very near each other.  She was an accountant for an NGO. A missionary in her own right. Funny that. Having two of them next to each other. Especially as I’d never met one before.  At least not in class. Actually there was that one from Taiwan the other day. She was off to help kids with HIV in Kenya.

Some good people out there!

Cycling back through West Hampstead I got stuck in Storm Doris. Nearly got knocked off the bike. Saw cute girl I used to go to school with. Still looking good.

Then more interesting chats with another student. Talking about arguments used in court cases to get your guilty client off.

Apparently the thing to do is to  drag the case out then tell the judge he made a minor procedural error. Aim to get a retrial and then rely on the state’s desperation to get a quick conviction — that should get the conviction cut.

Worried about Peak Oil? Welcome to Peak Renewable!

Now that OPEC are cutting production to stop Oil prices from falling through the floor, will Mr. Trump & Theresa May usher in an age of Peak Renewable?


Renewables require government subsidies, but governments give bigger tax breaks to fossil fuel producers.

Seeing as most leading Brexiters want us to rely on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, the investment climate for Renewables looks grim.

Times: Housebuilding on Greenbelt signals a return to post war tactics

The Devolution agenda: Outsource the cuts. Outsource the liability for the much needed infrastructure spend.

Overrule councils if they dont do as they’re told. Otherwise give them full freedom. Freedom to get into debt. To sign LOBOs and PFI deals.

And interest rate hedging products. Embedded derivatives. Swaps. Bermudans. Callable. Floating Rate Notes. Inverse Floaters.

Linked to LIBOR. Is there something we’re not being told?

At the end of this article, The Times claims the government is turning to Post War tactics to ease the housing crisis and hit its construction target.

The housing minister in 1945 was Nye Bevan, who built the NHS.

Will the Times now nostalgically call for the ejection of private companies and re-nationalisation of the NHS — as a return to post war tactics?

Hmm. All these contradictions. So much engineered confusion. How do we even manage to get out of bed in the morning?

Will Corbyn and McDonnell get treated with respect if they frame their NHS reforms as a return to post war tactics and not as an attack on the City of London?

Is Murdoch backing Trump?

Makes perfect sense. Have Fox ever loved Hillary?

Imagine Murdoch wanting to deal with May and Hillary.

Why wouldn’t he prefer Trump, Corbyn and McDonnell?

Similar overall view of the world but from different perspectives.

Most people recruit in their own mould!