A senior Conservative MP’s links to a private health company have prompted a fresh row over Tory leader David Cameron’s commitment to the NHS.
David Heathcoat-Amory, MP for Wells and a former Treasury minister, has registered a payment of £1,671.08 and £86.17 of health benefits from Western Provident Association.
The MP has defended the £20,000 a year he is paid as a non-executive director for the firm, which provides private medical insurance.
He said: “The insight I receive from that helps me during health-related debates in Parliament, and being part of the world of work and commerce helps me in scrutinising other parliamentary bills.”
Shadow health minister Mark Simmonds accepted a trip from Bupa UK to the US, and Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, registered shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.
Frank Field, Labour’s former social security minister, has revealed two payments of £1,030 from Medicash, which sells private health cover.