Nick Seddon was David Cameron’s special adviser for health until July 2016 [Image: Getty Images].

The most worrying part of this is that services for which the Conservative government is paying your money to private firms include contract negotiation.

Is that really a constructive use of our millions?

Wouldn’t that money be better-used helping people to actually, you know, get healthy?

A former Government health adviser has joined a US firm involved in NHS privatisation – a move campaigners say demonstrates the “wafer-thin partition” between Tory policy makers and the private health industry.

Nick Seddon, who was David Cameron’s Special Adviser for Health, became Executive Vice President of Optum just four months after he left his political role in July last year.

For-profit health management company Optum is part of multinational insurance firm UnitedHealth Group, which made more than $8.4bn (£6.7bn) in 2015.

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, is also a former UnitedHealth executive.

Optum already provides 156 NHS organisations, which it calls its “partners”, services such as contract negotiations and medication management.

A policy change made by David Cameron’s government in 2014 meant Mr Seddon’s move to the private sector did not need to be vetted for conflicts of interest by a semi-independent advisory committee, as was previously the case.

Instead his new appointment was approved by the Cabinet Office, which did so on the condition he did not lobby the UK Government on behalf of Optum in his first two years in the role or “draw on privileged information available to him as a Crown servant”.

Source: Former Tory government health adviser joins US firm involved in NHS privatisation

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