Rules over civil servants leaving for jobs in private sector need to be strengthened, says Labour

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 14 November 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7761

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What raging and absolute hypocrisy from the Labour party. Why were they not so concerned when they were in power? A potential move from Jim Easton merits a change of rules, but no mention of Mark Hunt, previous managing director of Care UK, who took up the role shortly after leaving his post in the strategy unit at the then Labour run DH. No acknowledgement of Simon Stevens shuffling from Tony Blair's office to UnitedHealth, nor Matthew Swindells moving from Patricia Hewitt's side to make a name for himself in the private sector. The stream of advisers going to KPMG clearly don't count and nor indeed Hewitt herself who took on an advisory role for Boots just months after finishing her stint at the DH. The ranks of private healthcare are staffed chock-full of former Labour men and women.

Jamie Reed is almost certainly right that the rules need a look, but he may want to remove the plank from his own eye before the spec of dust from his brother's...

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Edward Davies, US news and features editor

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