Cronyism in the Health Service

Four times as many Labour supporters have been appointed to run the Health Service than Tories, it has emerged.

The figures, released under freedom of information laws, prompted fresh concern about a culture of cronyism in public appointments.

They showed that 312 people with declared affiliations to the Labour Party have been appointed to local health trust posts and other NHS appointments, compared to 77 Tories and 53 Liberal Democrats.

Labour cronies outnumber Tories 4 to 1 on NHS boards (, 7 July 2007)