A relative of the Whitehall director alleged to have had an extramarital affair with Matt Hancock, the well being secretary, is an govt at a non-public healthcare firm which has received a string of NHS contracts.
Sky Information can reveal that Roberto Coladangelo – who’s Gina Coladangelo’s brother – works at Partnering Well being Restricted (PHL Group), a specialist within the provision of pressing and first care providers to NHS sufferers.
The disclosure dangers deepening the disaster engulfing Mr Hancock, who has already been left weakened by allegations about his competence at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in latest weeks made by Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s former adviser.
Mr Hancock has additionally develop into embroiled in a number of conflicts of curiosity scandals regarding coronavirus contracts, together with one involving the previous landlord of the well being secretary’s native pub touchdown a deal to supply COVID take a look at vials.
In February, a choose dominated that Mr Hancock’s division had acted unlawfully by failing to disclose particulars of pandemic-related contracts in a well timed trend.
Individuals who know Mr Coladangelo stated that he and Mr Hancock’s aide have been siblings, and social media profiles and electoral roll information seem to verify a relationship between them.
None of these contacted by Sky Information on Friday afternoon would verify or deny the connection between the Coladangelos.
Mr Coladangelo is PHL Group’s govt director of technique and innovation, and has labored there since October 2019, in line with his profile on the networking app LinkedIn.
He beforehand based Youla, an aged care enterprise, however previous to that was a advertising govt within the sports activities and gaming industries.
PHL Group describes itself on its web site as “an unbiased healthcare firm offering providers and high quality options to the NHS and personal healthcare companions”.
Its web site additionally discloses the availability of “COVID-19 providers”, though it’s unclear whether or not the Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC) was the awarder of contracts relating to those.
The Solar’s revelation of Mr Hancock’s private relationship with Ms Coladangelo, who’s a non-executive director on the well being division, prompted calls on Friday for him to be sacked due to his obvious breaches of lockdown restrictions.
Mr Hancock stated he had “let folks down” and was “very sorry”, with Boris Johnson saying he thought-about the matter closed.
Nonetheless, any suggestion of additional conflicts of curiosity regarding the awarding of public well being contracts would danger damaging not solely Mr Hancock.
The prime minister has additionally been attempting to maneuver on from the latest row over the refurbishment of his Downing Avenue condo.
Ms Coladangelo is reported to have recognized Mr Hancock since their college days, and joined the DHSC board lower than a yr in the past.
Whitehall departments’ boards are chaired by their secretary of state, with lots of the non-executives now handpicked by ministers primarily based on earlier connections.
There was no suggestion on Friday that PHL Group or Mr Coladangelo had acted improperly within the procurement of presidency contracts.
Neither the worth of PHL Group’s NHS contracts or the timing of their award may very well be verified on Friday.
An individual near the state of affairs stated that PHL had been offering providers to the NHS because it was established 11 years in the past, and that contracts awarded by the NHS adopted the related procurement guidelines.
Mr Coladangelo didn’t reply to an emailed request for remark.
He’s understood to be collaborating in a cross-country bike trip to boost funds for charity.
A web page on the fundraising web site JustGiving confirms that Mr Coladangelo acquired a donation from “Gina [and] Olly” – Oliver Tress is Ms Coladangelo’s husband – with an extra donation made by a pair who’re understood to be the Coladangelos’ mother and father, Heather and Rino.
Ms Coladangelo couldn’t be reached for remark, whereas a DHSC supply insisted that the Secretary of State had no involvement in awarding NHS contracts.
“Non-executive administrators maintain advisory roles and still have no position in awarding NHS contracts,” the insider stated.
A spokesperson for PHL stated: “PHL has been working for over 11 years and always has secured contracts by the sturdy tender and procurement processes put in place by native Medical Commissioning Teams (CCGs).
“At no time have any contracts been awarded exterior of those rigorous processes and no contracts have ever been awarded by the Division of Well being and Social Care.”