Guardian Hacks’ Private Healthcare Bonanza

“Goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance”, was how the Guardian spun the Coalition’s health reforms. Apparently that evil mastermind masquerading as Andrew Lansley was implementing “the biggest ever act of NHS privatisation”, and the private healthcare market is an anti-competitive oligopoly. Sir Michael White certainly doesn’t like private firms “sniffing around” – there’s even a whole section of their website devoted to their beloved NHS.

Funny then that every single full-time Guardian employee is offered a private healthcare scheme paid for by Guardian News & Media. Guido has got hold of documents showing that Guardian journalists are offered a generous £733-a-year per person AXA health plan, all costs covered by GNM:

Employees can decide to opt out, but Guido would be very interested to hear whether any Guardian hacks put principle before their own health. Private schools, private healthcare – Guido thinks Rusbridger’s hypocrites deserve a tax rebate…



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