Former UK prime minister David Cameron lobbied the NHS for entry to employees’s private knowledge, weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cameron was appearing on behalf of economic providers agency Greensill Capital, which he had monetary curiosity in. His work for the agency, which filed for administration in March 2021, has led to elevated scrutiny of personal firms’ lobbying.
Greensill had acquired two startups – the Australian app Earnd and UK supplier FreeUp, each of which supply earned wage entry (EWA) providers, permitting customers to obtain advance wage funds.
In an e mail dated March 2020, revealed by The Sunday Occasions [behind paywall], Cameron requested NHSX CEO Matthew Gould for entry to digital employees data (ESR) to assist Greensill roll out the Earnd app to the NHS.
He wrote that Earnd would “be a lot slicker if it could receive entry to worker knowledge in ESR.”
Cameron has since defended his actions in a press release, saying: “It was a time of nationwide disaster with fears about companies’ entry to credit score. Greensill Capital needed to supply a real and legit proposal to assist with this.”
Previous to the e-mail, Cameron had additionally mentioned the Earnd scheme over a drink