• Paul Williams told committee he was contacted by one of Livi’s rivals
  • Did not name company in question

An MP on the health committee said he had received a complaint from a tech company that said it had been “categorically ignored” by the NHS England director at the centre of a revolving door controversy.

Paul Williams, Labour MP for Stockton South, told the Parliamentary health and social care committee that he had been contacted by a rival tech company to Livi, where NHS England chief digital officer Juliet Bauer will take up a post in April. Dr Williams did not name the company in question. 

Ms Bauer was recently criticised for writing a piece in The Times extolling Livi.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens told the MPs her actions were “regrettable” and that the national commissioning board had asked the media company to remove the article.

Dr Williams asked if Ms Bauer had had any input into the digital component of the long-term plan and Mr Stevens said she had not. 

Mr Stevens said: “She was not involved in shaping the recommendations in the long-term plan and is not working on these issues” while she serves her notice period, adding she would be “entirely separate from anything to do with technology or digital”.