Care UK

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Care UK is a private health and social care company operating in the UK. Services it provides include: running 12 GP Led Healthcare Centres, 4 Out of Hours services, 2 NHS Walk-in Centres, 10 NHS Treatment Centres, providing surgery and diagnostic tests for over 37,000 patients each year. It also runs 57 nursing and / or residential care homes.[1]

It is well placed to benefit from the Conservative Party promise to make it easier for private providers to perform more NHS work.

Political connections and lobbying

In November 2009, Care UK's former chairman John Nash made a donation of £21,000 to then shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, now Secretary of State for Health. Nash and his wife Caroline are regular Tory donors who have given £107,000 to the party since 2006.[2]

Care UK employs lobbying firm Westminster Advisers Ltd[3] and has in the past employed Portland PR[4] and PLMR. [5]



Care UK is now backed by Bridgepoint, a private equity firm that has former Tory chairman Lord Patten sitting on its European board. [6]

Lobbying firms


Care UK
21 Great Winchester Street
London, EC2N 2JA



See: The Corporate Capture of the NHS


  1. Care UK, Facts and Figures, accessed Nov 2010
  2. Kirsty Walker ,Tory Health spokesman accepted £21,000 donation from private health firm boss, Daily Mail, 15th January 2010
  3. Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 28 January 2015
  4. APPC register, to August 2010
  5. PLMR, Clients, accessed 9 June 2011
  6. Randeep Ramesh, House of Lords will be able to vote on key NHS clause, The Guardian, Wednesday 2 November 2011
  7. Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 28 January 2015
  8. PLMR clients, Dec-Feb 16, PRCA, accessed 4 May 2016