by Christina England
October 6, 2011
How can we trust our governments to look after the health of our children, when research proves that the experts appointed to sanction drugs and vaccines work hand in hand with the very drug companies that manufacturer them?
It is well known that our governments foster close alliances with the pharmaceutical industry but just how close has remained a closely guarded secret. Last week however, this all changed, after The Times announced that new telephone hotlines directly linking the pharmaceutical industries and other leading companies to government ministers are being set up. The hotlines will enable bosses of companies such as BP, Shell, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to be able to telephone Whitehall departments directly in new individually tailored relationships with senior ministers who will act as their “buddies”.
According to ‘The Times’ this ‘best buddy system’ will work in the following way: Ministers will be paired up with companies they already have existing relationships with. The following ministers will be paired up in the following manor:
‘Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, will act as what officials are calling “an account director” to Britain’s oil and gas giants Shell, BP and BG. David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister, will be the contact for the life science companies GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Astro Zeneca. General Electric will be paired with Lord Green.
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, will deal with information and communication technology companies. Mark Prisk, the Business and Enterprise Minister, will deal with automotive companies active in the UK, including Jaguar Land Rover owned by Tata, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, General Motors and BMW, as well as aerospace companies.
Lord Sassoon, the former investment banker who is Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, will also play a role.’
All very cozy don’t you agree? Next it will be sleepovers and pajama parties! In my opinion this is proof that direct conflicts of interest exist between the UK government and the pharmaceutical industry and have existed for quite a while.
You can read the first half of the article‘ Yes Minister: Business Chiefs Get ‘Buddy Hotline’ here
The first time I became aware of conflicts of interest existing, was when Lisa Blakemore-Brown brought to my attention that Professor Roy Meadow had attended meetings as a member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) in the 1980’s. The JCVI is a Standing Advisory Committee with statutory responsibilities to advise Ministers on vaccines and vaccine policies.
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