Wednesday 5 September 2018 / 2:44 PM Justin Madders / NHS

NHS positions are repeatedly being filled by Tory party grandees – Justin Madders MP

Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the news that the new chair of NHS England is Lord Prior, a Tory peer, said:

“Patients and their families will have real questions about the independence of the NHS under this Government when key positions are repeatedly being filled by Tory party grandees.

“With the NHS suffering from catastrophic mishandling and underfunding by this Government, we need leaders to champion and support the NHS not defend the actions of the Tories.

“Lord Prior should also clarify his comments in calling for private firms to take over NHS hospitals and his inflammatory accusation that medical leaders are “detached” and the medical profession “tribal”.

“The Secretary of State must urgently clarify how he will guarantee NHS England’s independence through this appointment, and publish the justification behind rejecting other candidates without a direct link to the Conservative Party.”