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NHS will be left with high risk, low profit services under private finance initiative

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.780b (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:780
  1. D N Bennett-Jones
  1. Consultant physician Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY

    EDITOR,—Chris Ham's editorial highlights genuine concerns about the government's private finance initiative in the NHS.1 In Carlisle, where a single consortium has tendered to build and manage a major development of the hospital, we already have experience of private finance in the form of a contracted dialysis service. Under the terms of the contract (which is usually described as a “partnership” by the company), equipment, disposables, and nursing cover are provided for a …

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