The country's biggest union, Unite, has today (Friday) called on the secretary of state for health to explain why a former M&S boss with interests in a private equity firm eyeing up health contracts has been appointed to an influential role in the management of the NHS.
With that hospital earmarked as one of the 14 hospitals in special measures for Sir Stuart's intervention, Unite is claiming that a clear conflict of interest exists - and raises serious concerns that Sir Stuart's influence may extend beyond management strategy. The union says that the minister must act to ensure that Sir Stuart does not profit from the George Eliot bid.
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"Similarly Mr Hunt must act now to ensure that Sir Stuart -and all such appointees - have no place in deciding the future of the NHS where they stand to profit from their private interests accessing these facilities.
"Sir Stuart's undoubted prowess is in selling products. For those who work in or depend on the NHS this will send a shudder of fear; does it mean his job is to find ways of making people pay for NHS services that are currently free at the point of use? Private interests should have no place in the provision of health care; the values are simply not compatible."
Sir Stuart sits on the board of
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