Private sector to fund new wave of NHS hospitals

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1451

A new generation of NHS hospitals designed, built, and maintained by private consortiums is about to be announced by the secretary of state for health, Stephen Dorrell, who spoke of the plans last week. The scale of what is envisaged has prompted comments that this is the most radical change in the financing of the NHS since its inception.

Long term plans are being examined for 60 major schemes costing pounds sterling2bn ($3bn), funded by the private sector and leased to the NHS. Initial deals to build and manage two new district …

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