The following story about overcharging at private care homes appeared on page 2 of yesterday’s Daily Mail – before the announcement of the ‘snap election’:
Care homes across the country are being probed for ‘wholly unfair’ fees charged to families after loved ones have died.
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 Medicare programme.
The Justice Department moved Thursday to join a whistle-blower suit in California that claims the insurer improperly collected vast sums by claiming people under its care were sicker than they were.
The man who ran the Medicare programme when UnitedHealth allegedly overcharged the American taxpayer by hundreds of millions of dollars was Simon Stevens – current head of NHS England.
According to his current LinkedIn Profile, Stevens was Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare between 2006 – 2009
His CV goes on to say:
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.
Here’s a screenshot from LinkedIn:
So if Simon Stevens knew about the multimillion dollar fraud cases that took place on his watch – did he declare or disclose any of this to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, or to NHS England?
It is now in the public interest for all correspondence between Simon Stevens, NHS England and Jeremy Hunt prior to his 2014 appointment to be made public.
Stevens advised the Department of Health and Blair throughout the period when the NHS was using PFI to build hospitals. So he basically aided and abetted the bankruptcy of the NHS and now looks to be finishing off the job.
This ought to be an election issue. I hope Shadow Health secretary John Ashworth raises this conflict of interests during the campaign.
Can such an individual be trusted to look after the NHS?