Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Councillor Ian Driver, chair of Thanet council’s overview and scrutiny committee has launched a blistering attack on the GP group which now controls Thanet’s £190 million healthcare budget.

Government’s changes to the NHS mean that commissioning of health care in Thanet is governed by Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group made up of local GPs.

“There are 10 people on the board of Thanet’s CCG – and half of them have conflicts of interest,” said Driver, speaking on a film report on the website of Thanet Watch magazine.

He’s calling for the immediate removal of one of the members of the group, a lay member who is actually the sales director of a multinational company who sells computer software to doctors.

“In my book,” said Driver, “that’s a massive conflict of interest.”

Driver also pointed out that four of the doctors on the CCG including CCG chair Tony Martin all have an interest in a company called Thanet Health CIC Ltd, specifically set up to provide services to GP commissioners.

“It stinks,” said Driver, “There’s no other way of describing it.”

Thanet Watch is an investigative monthly magazine which covers everything that’s happening – and shouldn’t be happening on the Isle of Thanet, East Kent.

Reports in its print publication are supplemented by films on its website.

For more information ring Norman Thomas on 01843 604 253 or 07989 070843. The film can be watched on 

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