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Jeremy Hunt: He must be very happy at this sick bit of manipulation.

This is disgusting moneygrubbing from the Conservatives.

Rather than hold proper discussions on the future of the NHS in Gloucestershire with its bosses during a visit by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt forced them to donate £50 each to the Tory Party, in order to talk with him at a fundraising dinner.

It was a donation to the Conservatives, no matter what the NHS bosses considered it to be.

That allows the Tories – and their opponents – to imply support for them where none exists, which could harm the professional integrity of the individuals concerned.


Two Gloucestershire NHS bosses paid £50 each to attend a fundraising dinner for the Conservative party and to meet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Peter Lachecki, chairman of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Deborah Lee, chief executive of the trust, confirmed they attended the dinner at the Hallmark Hotel in Matson in November.

Both Mr Lackecki and Ms Lee say they covered the cost of the event themselves and say they do not regard the £50 as a donation to the Tory party.

Mr Hunt visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in November and gave a presentation on patient safety for more than 100 front line staff.

But the hospitals trust says there was no time for Mr Lachecki and Ms Lee to have an informal discussion with Mr Hunt.

Source: Hospitals bosses paid £50 each to have dinner with Jeremy Hunt

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