Private finance to build NHS hospitals

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:929
  1. John Warden

    Britain's first major NHS hospital to be built from scratch as a private finance venture—a pounds sterling170m ($255m) project at Norwich—was sanctioned last week by health secretary Stephen Dorrell. A pounds sterling90m ($135m) rebuilding scheme at Swindon was announced at the same time. They were among projects worth pounds sterling4.8bn ($7.2bn) in a Treasury package relaunching the government's private finance initiative, under which the private sector contracts to design, build, and manage public projects.

    The new, 701 bed hospital at Norwich, to be built on a 63 acre greenfield site close to the University of East Anglia, will be built by the consortium Octagon …

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