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Report attacked for vested interests of its backers

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1563
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A report from a left leaning think-tank, which calls for an extension of the private finance initiative to cover clinical services, was attacked this week for being sponsored by backers with major vested interests.

    In its report the Institute for Public Policy Research called for the private finance initiative (PFI) to be extended to clinical services and for primary care trusts to operate local government-style best value regimes—where value for money, along with quality of care, dictates who should provide a service.

    The 285 page report was highly critical of some of the existing private finance initiative schemes. It argued that the initiative offers value for money in roads and prisons but not …

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