A group of NHS employees responsible for prescription drug administration on the Isle of Wight are facing charges of receiving Big Pharma back-handers.
The accused are:
- Paul Jerram, head of medicine management and lead pharmacist at the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from 2004.
- Dr David Turner, a GP who worked as a consultant to the IoW CCG and also chaired a care prescription committee which advised the CCG.
- Cathal Daly, a NHS pharmacist.
- Noel Staunton, a consultant whose firm represented Big Pharma clients.
According to the Daily Mail, Staunton’s firm paid Daly, Turner and Jerram, in return for the latter three using their government roles to influence and push pharmaceuticals. In doing so the three were not acting in the interests of the public, but were motivated to line their own pockets. The total amount paid to the three over seven years of the scheme was £70,000.
Read the full report in the Daily Mail here.