MPs criticise £0.9bn PFI scheme for failing to consult doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:226
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Failure to consult doctors and nurses at an early stage was partly to blame for the demise of a plan for an £894m (€1.4bn; $1.7bn) privately funded hospital in west London, MPs have ruled.

    The ambitious private finance initiative (PFI) plan to unite three hospitals—Royal Brompton Hospital, Harefield Hospital, and St Mary's, Paddington—into one state of the art campus foundered when, five years into the project, capital costs were set to rise exponentially.

    The plan originally submitted to the Department of Health in 2000 was for a £411m scheme (at 2005 prices). But the proposed final cost by 2005 was £894m. By then, when the …

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