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Hancock received £28k from chair of group advocating NHS insurance system

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(1) First of all , there is a Chinese saying , ‘swallow the reward from your master , concern the issues worried by the mater .’ (食君之祿,擔君之夏). Whoever Mr Record or Miss Andrews is negligible . They will try to be as ‘hawkish’ as possible to defend the ones they work . Same applies to Babylon or GP at Hand spokesmen, especially under a chaotic political climate like now. Morality is not necessary as far as their job descriptions are concerned, let’s be honest . No law has been broken here , happy days . (2) Private medical insurance is always allowed to exist , in contrast to Canada , for instance, where private practice is largely forbidden. The technicality only lies on the proportion of the split of proportion with respect to public money funded practices: 90/10% , 80/20%, 60/40% , 50/50% and so on . What comes around , what goes around. One way or the other , the money to pay for a health service comes from people , no two ways about this . Yes , the proper debate should lie on how to recruit resources (money in this case) . The debate should be honest and transparent. If the money is not collected directly from people (e.g. taxation) , a third party is involved and administration cost is always an issue if means testing is involved . Any argument deviating substantially from this is populism . (3) As an elected MP and now Secretary of State in a system of ‘liberal democracy’ , the politician of concern has a duty of maintain a balance among three types of politics :responsible politics , ethical politics and realistic politics . The financial payments from any potentially influential organisation need to be treated extremely carefully and transparently , avoidable if possible ,in my opinion . Once again , it is political sensitivity as well as wisdom . Presumed innocent until proven guilty , BUT a Secretary of State must know what he/she is representing and media like us will ALWAYS oversee the behaviour of a government and its health secretary.

Posted date

11 Jul 2018

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9:21am

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