As I posted about a couple of weeks ago I’d contacted my MP, (Norman Lamb, Lib/Dem, Special Political Advisor to Nick Clegg), concerned about what was going on with Atos and about Unum’s involvement with the DWP and after me first having e-mailed him several times and then attempting to see him at one of his constituency surgeries and not being able to arrange an appointment I could get to, (public transport is horrendous in North Norfolk), to speak to him face to face about it he eventually agreed to telephone me so we could discuss my concerns.
During this telephone conversation good old Norman acted totally dumb regarding any knowledge about Unum’s involvement as advisors to the DWP, (something they have been since 1994), but expressed concern at what I told him regarding their horrendous well documented history in the US with the result of this telephone conversation being that he wrote a letter to Maria Miller, (that was forwarded to me via his PA), part of it which said –
“xxxx xxxxxxxx informs me that a company called Unum Provident “has been convicted of major fraud and banned from trading in many States in the US” up until 2008. He states that this company has been advising the DWP on welfare reform since the early 1990s. He also states that the current Atos Chief Medical Officer, Mike O’Donnell, had been Chief Medical Officer of Unum from March 2000 to September 2010. Is all this true? Can you let me know exactly what the Government knows about the position relating to Unum Provident and its relationship with Atos healthcare?”
That letter is reproduced here – https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/09/07/9353/
A company called Unum Provident? Doesn’t that imply that he’s never heard of them? That Unum is new to him?
Imagine my surprise and shock then considering the above to discover this morning while doing some research online about connections between Atos & Unum, particularly the relationship between Mike O’Donnell – Chief Medical Officer – Atos Healthcare and Peter O’Donnell – Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer – Unum Insurance, (brothers perhaps? Anybody know?), to find out that good old Norman last Tuesday was a guest speaker at a Unum hosted fringe meeting at the LibDem Conference speaking alongside Peter O’Donnell, the Chief Financial Officer of Unum Insurance –
Speaker/Artist(s) Info: Norman Lamb MP; Teresa Perchard, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Advice; Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR; Peter O’Donnell, Chief Financial Officer, Unum. Chair: Patrick Hennessy, Sunday Telegraph.
Time: Tuesday September 20, 2011 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Hyatt Regency: Fortissimo2 Bridge Street,BirminghamB1 2JZ
Type: LibDem → Panel
Host Organization(s): IPPR, Unum
I’ll leave you readers to draw your own conclusions from the above but it stinks to high heaven to me with me personally no longer having any faith or trust, not only in my elected representative but democracy as presented in the UK too – what do you all think?