How very odd Mr Lansley

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Andrew Lansley is spearheading the Tory attack on the NHS.

In January the Telegraph had an article on who funded his private office.

John Nash, the chairman of Care UK, gave £21,000 to fund Andrew Lansley’s personal office in November.

Mr Nash, a private equity tycoon, also manages several other businesses providing services to the NHS and stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Conservative policies to increase the use of private health providers.

It is the first private donation registered with the Electoral Commission by Mr Lansley since 2001 and it is not clear why he accepted the money just months before a general election. Although he will not profit from the donation, it will help bolster his political profile.

Care UK provided services for 500,000 people last year, working with all ten Strategic Health Authorities and one in three Primary Care Trusts. It runs hospitals, NHS Walk-in Centres, GPs’ practices and care homes. It currently runs 59 residential care facilities with 3,400 beds.

What a strange coincidence.

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