Backing for shadow health minister advising private GP firm

Conservative leader David Cameron has backed shadow health minister Lord McColl who is under fire for advising a firm which offers customers an alternative to NHS doctors.

David Cameron
David Cameron

Lord McColl is on the advisory board of Endeavour Health, which promises quick and convenient access to a network of private GPs.

Mr Cameron said in a statement: ‘My understanding is that yes, he has carried out a couple of consultations for this private company, all of that has been properly declared. I think he himself has said that if there is anything improper about what this company has done, he'll sever any contact with it.

‘I think that's a perfectly satisfactory state of affairs.

‘It's not illegal to use private health in Britain, but we want to expand the NHS, and make sure it's as good as it possibly can be, so people don't have to use the private sector.'

Last week shadow Conservative health secretary Andrew Lansley criticised a Conservative MEP for attacking the NHS on an American talk show.

Last night Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb twittered: 'Tory health spokesman can't remain on front bench whilst being paid consultant to Endeavour Health. Incredible they think this is appropriate.'

This morning the Tory leader was due to make an uncheduled speech on health in Bolton to put an end to the party's miserable week and spell out its plans for the future.

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