'Controversy over the ‘revolving door’ between the Government and business was reignited last night after it emerged that a newly appointed Health Minister has been working for a fast-growing Skype-style GP appointment company.
Former Tory MP Nicola Blackwood, who was a Health Minister when she lost her seat at the 2017 Election, controversially received a peerage from Theresa May in the New Year Honours List.
Last week, she was announced as the new Health Minister for Innovation after being elevated to the House of Lords.
However, The Mail on Sunday has established that after losing her Oxford West and Abingdon seat, she became a paid adviser to Push Doctor, an online GP service hoping to gain a foothold into the vast NHS market.
Ms Blackwood sat on the governance board of Push Doctor, which offers private ‘pay as you go’ video consultations priced at £30 for ten minutes and wants to work with the NHS, as well as advising it on how to expand its digital health services.
In her new ministerial post, Ms Blackwood will be responsible for digital technologies in the NHS.
Last night, shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said: ‘This is yet another shocking example of private health companies getting far too close to Tory Ministers.’
A source close to Ms Blackwood said she accepted the Push Doctor role last spring when she had no plans to return to the Government and that the Health Minister vacancy in the Lords only arose a month ago.'
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