BMA opposes NHS private finance initiative

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:8
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The BMA has come out firmly against the private finance initiative (PFI) in health care but has recognised its inevitability. At its annual representative meeting in Brighton last week, members referred to the scheme as the death knell of the NHS but accepted that there was often no alternative source of funding for new hospitals or departments.

    The scheme was introduced in 1992 to encourage private companies to fund or manage projects that would previously have been run by the public sector. Since 1993 trusts and health authorities have been expected to consider private sector alternatives in capital projects.

    Speaking at the meeting, Dr Stephen Watkins, chairman of the BMA's public health committee, said: “We must say that we are not prepared to hand NHS money …

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