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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:392

Birmingham's consultation document is not a private finance initiative

  1. M J S Langman, Deana
  1. a Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
  2. b Social Welfare Research Unit, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA

    Editor—In his editorial on the private finance initiative and the NHS, Price makes unwarranted assertions on the basis of incorrectly interpreting the content of Birmingham Health Authority's consultation documents on Birmingham's health care future.1

    He says that this is a private finance initiative plan. It is not: it is a consultation document setting out the constraints on and options for development and offering a series of possible solutions. Price says: “Their solution involves reducing the hospital sector by half ….” The consultation document does not do this. It points out, however, that substantial numbers of patients stay one day or less and that at the other end of the …

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