Who’s Who: Bill Morgan, special adviser on policy development

Today’s Who’s Who profile on Bill Morgan comes from a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which looked at the links between Morgan and his previous employers:

“Mr Morgan came to [Andrew] Lansley’s office in July 2010 having been director for the health arm of Mandate Communications, a public relations company which has since merged with MHP communications.

“MHP’s clients include Coca Cola, Kraft Foods and Tesco Stores. All three companies have signed up to the Public Health Responsibility Deal.”

The report goes on to add:

“DoH’s hospitality records show that in October 2010 Mr Morgan attended a breakfast meeting with representatives from Health Mandate.

“A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘The breakfast meeting hosted by Mandate was between Mr Morgan and a range of healthcare stakeholders, including several charities, to update them on the government’s NHS plans. He has undertaken similar engagements hosted by other organisations.’

“Mr Morgan’s departmental hospitality records show meetings with other companies and organisations, however Mandate are the only public relations company logged.

“… Earlier this year lobbying watchdog Spinwatch revealed leaked emails between Morgan and private healthcare company, Tribal, which appeared to be providing the DoH with a list of pro-privitisation GPs to help convince ministers and the public of the need for further NHS privatisation.

PowerBase’s profile of Morgan adds more general context.

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