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MPs question potential new chair of Monitor about his work for company advising private health firms

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6283 (Published 17 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6283
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The potential new head of Monitor, which regulates competition in the NHS, has defended his previous role working for a consultancy advising private health companies on how to exploit opportunities in the NHS in an evidence session held before MPs.

Dominic Dodd appeared before MPs on the parliamentary health select committee on 15 October as part of a pre-appointment hearing. Dodd is the government’s preferred candidate for the post.

MPs asked him about his time working with management consultancy firm Marakon Associates, which works in healthcare. One MP quoted the firm’s website as saying, “Now more than ever, there is an opportunity for healthcare companies to exploit the new market environment and private health firms have the opportunity to capture and retain new consumers.”

Dodd said that he had spent time in the private sector in a …

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