Labour’s Llantrisant-based MP’s calls to ‘privatize NHS’

The member of Parliament for Pontypridd, Owen Smith, has been outed as a supporter of greater private involvement in the NHS, only hours before his wife Liz Smith asks for the support of the people of Llantrisant in voting for her.

PRIVATE EYES: Owen Smith called for greater involvement of drugs firm Pfizer in the NHS. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.
PRIVATE EYES: Owen Smith called for greater involvement of drugs firm Pfizer in the NHS. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

Prior to standing for election Owen Smith worked as a lobbyist for drugs firm Pfizer. During that time, Owen Smith called for more involvement of such private firms in the NHS. “We believe that choice is a good thing and that patients and healthcare professionals should be at the heart of developing the agenda,” he said on behalf of the firm.

In 2006 when there was a motion in Parliament calling for Pfizer to have less of a stranglehold on the NHS, Owen Smith said: “We believe (the early day motion) to be based on inaccurate information provided by wholesalers that we have not chosen to partner with.

DRUG MONEY: Owen Smith said that MP calls to reduce Pfizer's involvement in the NHS were "entirely motivated by commercial self-interest."
DRUG MONEY: Owen Smith said that MP calls to reduce Pfizer’s involvement in the NHS were “entirely motivated by commercial self-interest.” Courtesy: Obtained from Google Images.

Asked to explain why he sought public office whilst earning a six-figure sum from Pfizer, Owen Smith said Pfizer were “extremely supportive” of him seeking to enter Parliament. Speaking about the early-day motion to reduce the involvement of Pfizer in the NHS, Owen Smith added: “We (he and Pfizer) feel that their (other wholesalers’) campaign to mobilise opposition to our proposals is entirely motivated by commercial self-interest.

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